Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy safe to use on people of all ages from newborn to seniors. Canadian Osteopaths are generally referred to as Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.
A session will generally consist of an evaluation to determine the state of the body and the response to any previous treatments. This is followed by a hands on manual therapy, working with the bones, joints and soft tissues of the body including the tendons, ligaments, muscles and fascia. Osteopaths are also trained to work with the cranio-sacral system and the viscera (organs and supporting tissues). Osteopaths are knowledgeable in the use of remedial exercise and may well prescribe follow up exercises for you to do at home.
Osteopathy works in collaboration with the body's own natural healing mechanism, listening to it to reveal its story and then support the needs dictated by its own intelligence. Following treatment can be a recovery period of up to a few days while the body reintegrates and rebalances itself into an improved state of homeostasis and health.
Osteopaths receive rigorous training to acquire a highly developed understanding, touch and awareness. They also study more traditional Western disciplines ranging from philosophy, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and may include other disciplines such as kinesiology, biomechanics, psychology, remedial and normal exercise, and even acupuncture.
Osteopathic treatments are covered under all government and most private health insurance plans.