Osteopathy is a natural hands-on medicine that views the individual as a whole unit. With the belief that the ability to recover from illness is inherent within our own bodies, osteopathy assesses and treats movement restrictions in your body tissues that prevent you from feeling healthy and fit.

It is unique because osteopathy focuses on the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than concentrating only on the symptoms.

osteopathic medicine 1Treatment may include osteoarticular corrections (gentle realignment of the bones), visceral manipulation (gentle mobilization of the organs of the body), cranial osteopathy (gentle movement of the bones of the skull), normalization of myofascial tension (restoring normalcy in the muscles and surrounding tissues), muscle energy (creation of muscle relaxation through muscle contraction), strain counterstrain (method of relaxing and re-positioning joints).

Osteopathic Protocol

After the practitioner has assessed all body systems a treatment plan is implemented.

  • Treatments are 60 minutes in length.
  • Treatments administered once a week or once every two weeks based on need. Time between visits allows the body to adapt to treatment.

osteopathic medicine 2The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners have extensive education and clinical training in traditional (manual) osteopathic practice. They assess and treat patients using manual techniques. They are not physicians so they cannot prescribe medication or perform surgery. The term ‘osteopath’ is restricted, in Ontario, to members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Often the osteopathic manual practitioner holds a previous degree in health care prior to study osteopathy.

To practice in Ontario, they have to be an active member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO). At the Canadian College of Osteopathy (http://www.osteopathy-canada.com) in Toronto, the osteopathic manual practitioner is required to finish five years of study which includes a thesis study to be defended to a panel of officiants.

osteopathic medicine 3Benefits of Osteopathy

  1. Removes the underlying cause of pain
    • reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints.
    • increases range of motion in the joints
    • treats spinal problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disc injuries
  2. Relieves chronic pain through non-invasive treatment
    • decreases stress on the joints
    • reduces tension in the body
    • relieves tension headaches and migraine headaches
  3. Helps the body adapt to hormonal and structural changes during pregnancy
  4. Reduces scars and adhesions
  5. Treats trauma resulting from accidents
    • sports injuries
    • motor vehicle injuries
  6. Encourages the body to heal itself
    • increases circulation
    • reduces blood pressure