What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a gentle yet precise manual therapy identifying areas of the body that are not moving as they should be. Using a holistic approach to locating and treating the source of symptoms to restore function to the body, osteopathic techniques assess, treat and integrate all of the tissues and joints of the body to restore the relationships between them to reduce pain, improve mobility, address respiratory concerns, and restore health to the body's musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, reproductive, and nervous systems. 

Osteopathy aims to restore the body's ability to circulate all of its fluids, including blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, cerebrospinal fluid, axoplasm and intracellular and extracellular fluids by removing structural blockages that impede circulation. These blockages include rotations, curves, or pulls in the body, misaligned bones, organs or soft tissues, and even emotional patterns like holding your breath or raising your shoulders during times of stress!




Techniques Our Osteopaths Use

Myofascial Release: restoring normalcy to the muscles and surrounding tissues

Muscle Energy: creating muscle relaxation through contraction

Strain/counter strain: relaxing and repositioning the joints

Osteoarticular Corrections: gentle realignment of the bones

Craniosacral techniques: gentle movement of the skull

Visceral mobilization: gentle mobilization of the organs



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Common Health Goals Supported By Osteopathy

  • Natural healing and self-regulation
  • Increased circulation
  • Removing the underlying cause of pain
  • Reducing pain and stiffness in muscles and joints
  • Increasing range of motion in joints
  • Back, neck, and limb pain
  • Decreasing tension in the body
  • Relieving tension and migraine headaches
  • Treating trauma from injuries
  • Addressing overuse injuries
  • Treating digestive issues
  • Addressing respiratory problems, including asthma

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What to Expect at Your Appointment

Your Osteopathic treatment begins with a discussion about your health history, your chief complaint, traumas and surgeries, and medical interventions you have received. Once your practitioner deems it safe to continue, we’ll complete an assessment by using observation and palpation of the structures of the body. Following appointments are then directed toward helping your body regain its optimal ability to circulate fluids unimpeded and in sufficient quantity! To remain comfortable during your treatment, we'll ask that you remove your shoes and recommend wearing loose clothing that you can move in and avoid wearing excessive jewellery, watches, and belts!


Fequently Asked Questions

Is Osteopathy regulated in Ontario and Canada?

No, osteopathy is not regulated in Canada. Currently, there is no government involvement at the provincial or national level in education or professional registration. This is why certain osteopathic schools like the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy strive to meet and exceed international standards.

How does Classical Osteopathy differ from Eclectic Osteopathy?

Where Classical Osteopathy encompasses an understanding of principles and can stand on its own, Eclectic Osteopathy is taught as a series of memorized techniques or manipulations for different parts of the body. Eclectic Osteopathy lacks founding principles and theory and is typically layered onto an existing modality like massage therapy or physiotherapy. These types of programs are prevalent in Europe and Canada. At the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, students are instead trained thoroughly over four years in the science and art of Classical Osteopathy.

Can I see other health practitioners while I am being treated by an osteopath?

Yes! But make sure you spread your appointments out to allow the body to adjust to whatever treatment you have received. Try to book your appointments on opposing weeks!

Do you use any other modalities like acupuncture, ultrasound, cupping, or electrotherapy? 

Osteopathy is strictly manual hands-on therapy and no other modalities are used throughout treatment.

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