Osteopathy is a NATURAL MEDICINE that views the individual as a functioning whole, requiring optimal health and harmony in all parts for the wellness and vitality of the whole. Osteopathy uses very precise palpatory and manipulative techniques to assess and treat the restrictive mechanisms which prevent the various parts of the body from fulfilling their natural function, preventing you from feeling healthy and fit. Osteopathy is unique in that it focuses on the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than concentrating only on the symptoms.
The objective of Osteopathy is to restore mobility and proper function to every system in a body experiencing dysfunction and restriction. Restoring mobility and proper function to each system allows normal interrelationships between systems. When normal anatomical and physiological relationships exist between the body's systems, there is health in the whole.
Brief History of Osteopathy
In 1874, after 10 years of intensive research and extensive investigation, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician and surgeon, developed the methods and applications of Osteopathy. Rather than addressing and treating only the symptoms of disease, Still searched for the causes of dysfunction. Dr. Still wrote, "Disease is the result of anatomical abnormalities followed by physiological discord." He believed that the ability to recover from illness is inherent within our own bodies, and that if our bodies are in optimal states of balance and all systems are in proper function, the body can maintain optimal health and wellness. Viola Frymann, D.O., explains, "Disease in an abnormal body is just as natural as is health when all parts are in place."
The first school of Osteopathic Medicine was the American School of Osteopathy, which opened in 1892. Today there are Universities and Colleges of Osteopathy all around the world. The first Osteopathic school in Canada, the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal was founded in 1981, and the Canadian College of Osteopathy opened in 1992.
What happens when you visit an Osteopath?
A history is taken...
The Osteopath conducts a thorough health survey listening to the chief complaint, any health issues, and other medical interventions received throughout the patient's life.
An assessment is performed...
The Osteopath conducts a physical examination ruling out any major health concerns and ensuring a safe treatment can be provided. The practitioner assesses all systems and structures that may be related to the area of complaint.
A plan is implemented...
After reviewing the examination findings with the patient, the Osteopath creates a treatment plan.
A treatment is given...
Treatments are administered based on the assessment, and consecutive treatments are administered as needed.
What is Osteopathic Palpation
Osteopathic palpation is a well defined sense of touch that allows the practitioner to feel restrictions within the body. It is a hands on approach used to identify structural changes and rhythms in the body. It is a gentle contact with the selected tissues and is used for assessment and treamtment. It is a skill that takes many years to develop, and sets the osteopathic approach apart from other forms of manual therapy.
Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment
Addresses 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
Relieves chronic pain through non-invasive treatment
» decreases the stress on the joints
» reduces tension in the body
» relieves tension headaches and migraine headaches
Helps the body to adapt to hormonal and structural changes during pregnancy
Reduces scars and adhesions
Treats trauma resulting from accidents
» sports injuries
» motor vehicle injuries
Encourages the body to heal itself
» increases circulation
» reduces blood pressure