Manual Osteopathy

Osteopathic Manual Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive form of hands on therapy. An osteopath will focus on removing adhesions within the musculoskeletal, craniosacral and visceral components of the body. Osteopaths are trained to have a finely tuned palpation that is used for assessment and treatment of carefully located anatomical structures of the body. The osteopath respects each patient’s case history with great importance.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a document which explains the integration of complimentary medicine (such as osteopathic manual therapy) into healthcare. They created a document which describes this process of harmonizing health care and also, define osteopathic manual medicine to their standard. Here is a direct link to the WHO website:

Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy

Osteopathic manual practitioners use their understanding of the relationship between structure and function to optimize the body’s self-regulating, self-healing capabilities. This holistic approach to patient care and healing is based on the concept that a human being is a dynamic functional unit, in which all parts are interrelated and which possesses its own self-regulatory and self-healing mechanisms. It is a patient–centred, rather than disease-centred, form of health care.  Osteopathic practitioners recognize that each patient’s clinical signs and symptoms are the consequences of the interaction of many physical and nonphysical factors. It emphasizes the dynamic inter relatedness of these factors and the importance of the patient-practitioner relationship in the therapeutic process ..

The practice of osteopathy is distinct from other health-care professions that utilize manual techniques, such as physiotherapy or chiropractic, despite some overlap in the techniques and interventions employed. As a hands-on approach to patient care, osteopathy has contributed to the body of knowledge of manual therapies period.

To learn more about osteopathy:

Ontario Association of Osteopaths

World Osteopathic Health Organization


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