What is Osteopathy?

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Osteopathy is a drugless, non-invasive manual medicine. It is both a science and an art.  It is a complete philosophy and system of treatment.

Treatment employs adjustment of the body through the musculoskeletal system to bring balance and health to the nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics; thus promoting the self-healing and self-regulating faculties of the human body.

The results of proper Osteopathic treatment can be curative, preventative and/or palliative. 

  Classical Osteopathy

Classical Osteopathy stays true to the founding principles of the profession. The theory and application of these principles are at the root of all diagnoses and treatment. Skill is honed from a mastery of principles, not a memorization of techniques or adjustments.

 The Classical Osteopath is trained to treat conditions ranging from pain to organ dysfunction and many conditions that have been resistant to other approaches; based on their in depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and how they relate to osteopathic principles.

Classical Osteopathy tends to focus on the whole of the individual rather than just musculoskeletal care. It focuses on structural integrity, stability and physiological function. 

Every treatment is tailor-made to the patients' needs as a unique, complete, dynamic being. Therefore, many people will turn to Osteopathy first. The goal is not to mask symptoms, but to help your body's own healing mechanisms work freely, by removing structural obstacles to health.


Treatments are approximately 20 minutes in duration, but can vary from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the scenario.  Factors that are taken into account in the dosage are; the presentation (acute/chronic), the age and the overall health of the patient.

Every treatments is preceded by a thorough assessment to ensure that the appropriate treatment and dosage is applied in each and every case.  Generally, the whole body is treated each time to ensure the stability of the change.

    Is Osteopathy like Chiropractic?

No, Osteopathic Manual Medicine is not like Chiropractic.

  • Osteopaths trained in Canada do not use HVLA or thrust type adjustments. 
  • Although Osteopathy is adjustive in nature; an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner who is trained in a classical sense does not focus their attention solely on subluxations like most Chiropractors, but rather treats the whole body in an integrative fashion. 
  • Osteopathic manual therapy brings balance to the body through a gentle approach which addresses the pelvis, spine, cranium, ribs and extremities as well as the soft tissues in the body such as muscles, ligaments and visceral organs. 
  • They focus their attention to the fine details that support health and well being by relieving pressures and obstructions that restrict the natural flow of nerves, arteries, veins, lymphatics, and cerebrospinous fluid so that the person receiving treatment can heal through the inherent forces of their physiology. 


For further information regarding Osteopathy, the following websites are a good starting point, or you can contact us at osteo@ndoc.ca

www.ontarioosteopaths.ca – Ontario Osteopathic Association

www.canadianico.com – Canadian Institute of Classical Osteopathy

www.canadianosteopathy.ca – Canadian Academy of Osteopathy