Osteopathy is a natural, comprehensive therapy that is useful for the many bodily complaints and injuries. It can be helpful for old and new problems alike, seeking to identify areas of the body that are restricted or constricted then ease those restrictions to permit normal function.
Osteopathy approaches anatomy, physiology, pathology, and biomechanics as interrelated throughout the many systems of the body. Osteopathy uses gentle manual therapy to address gravity lines, reflexes and the reciprocal relationships between the somatic (musculoskeletal system) and the visceral (organ) systems.
A treatment will include a thorough history, an overall physical exam, manual therapy to correct the areas of the body that are predisposing the person to the injury and finally an exercise home program to facilitate your recovery.
In Ontario, osteopaths study for over 5 years and must successfully complete and defend a research study before earning the designation of Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice. Therapists are able to incorporate their osteopathic skills into treatments while completing the research portion of their training.