About Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy

Classical Osteopathy is a profession that makes extensive use of manual diagnosis and manual treatment guided by the principles set forth by its founder, Dr.Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917).

Osteopathy emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body. Osteopathic manual therapy works to restore proper body mechanics, nerve impulses and the circulation of body fluids.

Osteopathy is an integrative manual health system that is both an art and a science.  It is the sound, logical and rational principles of osteopathy that make complex mazes of dysfunction and disorders become understandable and demystified based on the following principles of osteopathy:

  • The body is a dynamic unit of function that includes the physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual body.
  • Structure and function are inter-related on all levels.
  • The body is self healing, self defending and self regulating.


What is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Manual practitioners practicing Osteopathy are not doctors, doctors of osteopathy (DO’s) or medical practitioners of any kind. Members of the Ontario Osteopathic Association are Osteopathic Manual Therapists or Practitioners that practice Classical Osteopathy using our hands. Practitioners of Osteopathic Manual Therapy recognize that imbalances in the human structure contribute to or are directly related to the development and/or maintenance of a diseased state of health. Results are rendered without the use of drugs or or any other modality except manual adjustment. We do not chase pain or symptoms. We work objectively not based on patients subjective complaints.

Anatomy and physiology is the foundation of Osteopathic treatment. Practitioners also recognize that the human body is self-regulating and self-healing and will strive for health if given a chance.

Our role is to encourage this self-healing capacity through manual treatment – to convert the physical application of treatment into physiological changes improving patient vitality.

We allow nature to do its job by removing obstacles and obstructions that will interfere with the proper nutrition and drainage of all of the body’s tissue. Understanding and adjusting the anatomical unity of the human structure is our job.