WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY

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Osteopathy is a natural, hands-on holistic approach to health care. It supports the body’s natural ability to restore and maintain your health. Osteopathy is based on an extensive knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology, biomechanics, physical assessment, and treatment. Osteopathy considers the body, mind and spirit. This is the basis of our personalized, whole body approach to your health. The World Health Organization recognizes osteopathy as a distinct manual therapy that differs from other form of treatment.

Through extensive training and experience the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner understands that the site of the patient's complaints may not correspond to the site of the cause, or causes, of these complaints. In addition, many people have had multiple overlapping injuries and conditions. In response to these common conditions, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner assesses and treats the whole patient. The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner considers the whole patient, recognizing that each has mental and emotional conditions as well as physical.

The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner first assesses, and then treats the patient, in a methodical sequence. This sequence, of determining and treating the most severe problems first, is a highly effective way of liberating an area of the body whose release then provides a cascading effect of other releases throughout the body.

By using a precise methodology, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is able to achieve the maximum change in the patient with the minimum amount of treatment. More importantly, choosing the appropriate area to begin the treatment minimizes the side effects of treatment soreness. Treatment soreness describes a situation of feeling worse after treatment than better, and is often caused by treating the symptoms before the cause of the symptoms is addressed. 

Osteopathic treatment combines the four main types of osteopathic sub-disciplines:

Osteo-articular adjustments
Cranial-sacral application
Visceral normalization
Fascial release


COLLINGWOOD OSTEOPATHY

Where Healing Happens

COLLEGE OF MASSAGE THERAPISTS

ONTARIO ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONERS

CANADIAN COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHY