What is Osteopathy?

I am often asked, “What do you treat?” Honestly, there is not one thing I don’t treat because I am not treating an injury, a pathology and so on. I treat the individual, the state of the system(s), and provide a safe and therapeutic environment so that your body can do what it was designed to do, which is heal and function.

I am also asked often, “You’re a Bone Doctor, right?” The answer is no, I am not a bone doctor. In fact, I am not a licensed medical physician. The title Osteopath is registered to the American Physicians. Doctor of Osteopathy or D.O., licensed to practice medicine, prescribe medications, and perform surgeries. I am a board approved (Osteopathy, BC) Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP). I practice Manual Osteopathy which is the use of my hands through gentle palpations to examine the systems and areas that are in need of care.

My goal for my patients are to reduce pain with:

  • Gentle manipulations
  • Myofascial releases (soft body tissues)
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Craniosacral therapy
  • And therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises

If you live with a recurring pain, such as; shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, digestive issues, concussion, arthritis, or other auto-immune diseases, it all can be treated using the holistic methods of osteopathic manual therapy.

Osteopathy was founded by Dr. Andrew T. Still (1828-1917) in Kirksville, Missouri. After losing several of his children to illness, Dr. Still became unimpressed with their current medical practice. He ventured into the wilderness for approximately a year and returned with a branch of holistic medicine that is now called Osteopathy.

Dr. Still’s philosophy revolved around knowing anatomy and physiology to determine if certain physical structures were not performing optimally, in which case disease and illness could take place.

The first school of Osteopathy’s curriculum was primarily studying anatomy and all the interconnected parts involved with maintaining homeostasis or balance within the human body. This is known as traditional osteopathic medicine. Where the practitioner uses their hands to detect asymmetries, or joints not in alignment/congruent with their articulations. Dr. Still’s belief for medicine was simple: the body that is correctly adjusted through manipulations can prevent disease from occuring. The body is the remedy.

For example, a scuffed knee cuts the first line of defense and the underlayers that cause the system to detect damage. Without you thinking about it, the body sends your immune system to do several healing components. In a nutshell, you cut, you bleed, and you heal and then the injury is healed.

Traditional Osteopathy looks at the human system as whole, a working system where each piece of anatomy is directly connected and interlinked.

Your anatomy and physiology dictates the treatment.

“To find the health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease” (Dr. Andrew T. Still, 1828-1917).

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