Osteopathy is a client-centred discipline that is based on understanding the relationship between structure and function in order to enhance the body’s inherent ability to heal. It relies on skilled manual therapeutic techniques to assess and treat the client, guiding the natural self-healing properties of the human body.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is based on four basic principles:
Each structure in the body supports the body’s functions.
The human body is the sum of its parts. Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems don’t work independently -they work in harmony.
The natural flow of the body’s fluids – lymphatic, vascular and neurological – must be preserved and maintained.
When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners recognize a patient as an integrated whole. When all of the body’s components are in balance, a person is complete and in total health. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work to maintain, improve and restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, enhancing the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Using various manual assessment and treatment techniques and modalities, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work to identify and ease restrictions, constrictions and pain; reduce swelling; improve tissue mobility; and promote proper function and healing in people of all ages.
Man is composed of matter, movement, and spirit".
– A.T. Still, Founder of Osteopathy
Who Provides Osteopathy?
OAO members have extensive education and clinical training, effectively assessing and treating patients using a range of manual techniques. They use a treatment philosophy that identifies and restores areas in the body that are restricted or constricted. They evaluate the body and employ a holistic approach to achieve improved outcomes. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work cooperatively and in communication with physicians and other health care professionals.
The aim of the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is to optimize the self-healing mechanisms of the body. The frequency of treatments is based on your assessment. Adequate time between visits is required to allow your body to integrate the changes that occur from one treatment to the next.
Active and Affiliate members of the OAO must be graduates of a Board-approved, osteopathic educational institution.
Why Choose Osteopathy?
Osteopathic treatment is an efficient and effective solution, helping clients return to health and to their normal activities. Treating the body as a whole ensures that the whole body is in its most optimal state.
Acute or Chronic Pain. Digestive Problems
Muscle Spasms Sports Injuries
Concussions Respiratory Difficulties