Osteopathy was founded in 1874 by the American physician Andrew Taylor Still based on the philosophy that if properly supported, the body would naturally express health or a capacity to heal. Internationally, there are two streams of osteopathy: osteopathic medicine performed by American-trained Osteopathic Physicians, and manual osteopathy performed by Canadian (and international) non-physician Osteopathic Practitioners (commonly referred to as osteopaths https://oialliance.org/about-us/osteopathic-medicine-and-osteopathy/). Osteopathic Practitioners address the patient as a whole looking to restore normal function and mobility of all structures including muscles, fascia, joints, organs, blood vessels, lymphatic vessels, and nerves using gentle manipulation. The results of this holistic approach are often significant and lasting improvements in symptoms. Most Osteopathic Practitioners have multiple years of training in manual therapy (massage therapy, athletic therapy, physiotherapy, etc.) prior to entering osteopathic training.
Osteopathy uniquely addresses the causes which have led to the patient’s dysfunction. When a whole body assessment is performed, the causes which have led to your symptoms can be better understood. From here, an appropriate plan of action can be implemented to bring about optimal resolution. Treatments are relaxing and last anywhere between 40 and 50 minutes. Anyone of any age including newborns and children can benefit from osteopathic work.
For more information on manual osteopathy, please visit www.osteopathybc.ca.