Osteopathy combines Osteopathic philosophy with medical and scientific knowledge to assess and treat the body’s functional and structural systems.  Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OMP) examine the body’s form which is made up of bones, muscles and tissue such as fascia and consider mobility and motions of those structures and the body function of the body systems as they work to restore your ability to maintain your own health.  Using the osteopathic principles, your OMP will form a clinical impression and create a treatment plan that is specific for you.

Principles of Osteopathy:

  • A person is a dynamic functional unit. Your body, mind, and spirit all contribute to your health state, changes in one area can affect the whole person.
  • Each person can self-regulate and can naturally self heal. Osteopathy seeks to restore this dynamic balance and establish homeostasis.
  • The body’s structure and function are interrelated at all levels.

Osteopathic treatment focuses on the patient’s health and not the search for disease.  Treatments are patient-centered and based on evidence-informed practice methods.  Techniques are manual using hands on methods to assess and treat.  Your osteopath uses their trained sense of touch along with a detailed assessment and history process to identify the health of the individual’s anatomy and physiology.  This knowledge combined with scientific study of embryology, and bio-medicine, guide your treatments.

Nancy has been practicing osteopathy for nearly 15 years and is happy to talk to you about how osteopathy can help you maximize your health potential.

The osteopathic approach to healthcare is patient centred and focused on the patient’s health rather than disease centred. Scientific rigour and evidence informed practice are an important part of patient treatment and case management.
Osteopaths use manual contact to identify and evaluate movement in all structural and functional aspects of the patient, identifying alterations of function and movement that impede health and addressing these. The highly developed sense of touch and attention to complex systems as a unit is typical of an osteopathic approach.
Osteopathy is an independent healthcare discipline. Osteopaths should also cooperate with practitioners of other disciplines.
Osteopathy is based on principles drawn from human physiology, anatomy, embryology and other bio medical sciences. In consequence of the complexity of the human organism there are a number of different models that are used in osteopathy.”

Extract from Osteopathic Healthcare Provision (Adopted CEN EN 16686:2015, first edition, 2015-07, with Canadian deviations) page 9, developed by CSA Group (CSA Z16686:20). Bringing together healthcare professionals from across Canada, the Standard was initiated by the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO).