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HISTORY OF OSTEOPATHY

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Osteopathy is a natural medicine and science based on the principles that the structure of the body affects how it will function, and that it functions as a unified whole. On a practical level, this means that problems in any one part of the body will affect all the other parts because all tissues and systems are connected.

History of Osteopathy 
In the spring of 1864, Andrew Taylor Still a medical doctor and surgeon from Kansas, watched helplessly as the best medications then available failed to save his three children from spinal meningitis. Frustrated, Still started his search for an alternative healing practice. He eventually based his new system on the idea that manipulation of the spine could improve blood flow and thus improve health by allowing the body to heal itself.

Osteopathy was officially recognized in the United States under Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency as he had personally been successfully treated by Osteopathy. Osteopathic medicine is presently taught in fifteen universities in the United States, where graduates are granted medical degrees. In the United States the practice of Osteopathy has evolved more toward the practice of medicine and surgery, with training in traditional methods based on palpation and manual therapeutic methods, as well.

The World Health Organization recognizes the Osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven, and the British Medical Association recognizes Osteopathy as a medical discipline. In Australia, Osteopaths are statutorily registered practitioners.

Osteopathy in Canada 
In 1981, Philippe Druelle, D.O., founded the first osteopathic school in Canada, in Montreal. The Toronto school was established in 1991. The Canadian College of Osteopathy teaches a comprehensive five years program in Traditional Osteopathy. This is followed by an additional year of independent study that is strictly devoted to a research thesis. 

The Canadian College of Osteopathy’s program is European in origin and is based on manual therapy techniques. Throughout the studying, emphasis is given on the anatomical, physiological and biomechanical principles of the functioning of the body and development of precise osteopathic palpation and its application to therapeutic techniques. Comprehensive exams are given to ensure students conception of material.

COLLINGWOOD OSTEOPATHY

Where Healing Happens

COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONERS

CANADIAN COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHY