What is Osteopathy?

Manual osteopathy is a gentle, holistic system of health care that focuses on treatment of the body’s structure, in order to optimize functions. While manual osteopathy is best known for pain relief from disorders such as low-back pain, neck pain, shoulder pains, headaches, sciatica, sporting injuries, etc., it also helps to optimize all of the body’s systems ( including movement, digestion, sleep, and energy levels)

Manual Osteopathy differentiates between symptoms (like pain) and the cause of those symptoms. For example, a pain in your shoulder may be due to a problem in the shoulder, or the back, or the liver, or postural alignment.

How does Osteopathy fit into a person’s Health Care?

In North America, Osteopaths are fully licensed MDs who practice using Osteopathic principles and incorporate manual therapies, to provide a distinct form of primary health care. In the US, there are many Osteopaths, however there are not many Osteopaths in Canada.

As a Manual Osteopath, I provide the manual therapy portion of an individual’s treatment plan, which may, or may not, be determined by an MD.

A few of the conditions where Manual Osteopathy integrates well with western medicine are

  • Back and Joint Pains
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues
  • Arthritis pains
  • Post-surgery / Post-hospitalization
  • Post-cast
  • Injuries

While I take referrals, people can also self-refer. I will work with each client, and will collaborate with their other health-care providers, to develop individualized, evidence-based care plans.

Osteopathic Principles

1) The body is a unit.

2) Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.

3) The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.

4) The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.

Recognition

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes the Osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven, while the British Medical Association recognizes Osteopathy as a discrete health discipline.

Research

The practice of manual osteopathy combines current medical knowledge with the osteopathic philosophy. Scientific research and evidence-based outcomes have a high priority in patient treatment and case management.

Treatment

Treatments are gentle, safe, and effective.  Treatments aim to reduce pain and/or restore ideal functioning by properly aligning the body.