What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a natural, non-invasive, hands-on approach to health.
Although new to Canada, Osteopathy has been around since the 19th century. In fact, the first school of Osteopathy was founded in 1892 in Kirksville Missouri by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.
Osteopathy is an evidence-based practice focused on the knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology, and biomechanics. As an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, I provide client-centred care that emphasizes the interconnectedness of the body. Which means we appreciate the interaction between all the different structures and systems of the entire body.
Osteopathic treatment is focused on maintaining, improving, or restoring normal function of these structures to promote one’s ability to heal. Using comprehensive manual assessment, various techniques and modalities, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners identify and ease restrictions, reduce pain; improve tissue mobility; and promote proper function and healing.
Who can Benefit from Osteopathy?
Osteopathic care is a natural, effective alternative approach to health. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners can help treat various health concerns for clients at any age, this includes ailments like:
- Acute or chronic pain
- Neck, shoulder, back and joint pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Sleep or energy issues
- Circulatory issues
- Digestive dysfunctions
- Post-surgical recovery
- Postural problems
- Reproductive difficulties
- Cardiorespiratory concerns
- Paediatric conditions
- Sports related injuries
What Does an Appointment Look Like?
To determine the root cause of pain of dysfunction, an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will take a complete health history, make note of current medical conditions, and conduct a physical assessment. Based on the restrictions found, a personalized treatment plan will be created. This plan will include the delicate manipulations and mobilization of soft tissue, bone, and visceral structures within their limitations.
What About a Virtual Appointment?
Yes, Osteopathy is primarily a manual therapy. Yes, a virtual appointment will vary slightly from an appointment in person.
However, the same principles apply to a virtual appointment. A complete health history is taken by the Osteopathic manual practitioner to address primary concerns and gain a better understanding of any contributing factors. As a practitioner who specializes in women’s health, pelvic health, perinatal and postnatal care, I have found virtual care to be extremely beneficial for the following:
- Pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain, groin pain, low back pain, or rib pain
- Immediate postpartum care (less than 6-8 weeks) for persistent pelvic girdle pain, low back pain
- Postnatal care and conservative management of Diastasis-Rectus Abdominus (overstretched abdominal muscles)
- Individuals who are actively recovering from surgery, specifically abdominal or cesarean surgery.
- Individuals experiencing scar tissue discomfort, pulling or tugging.
- Individuals who no longer require manual therapy, but may benefit from exercise progression, education, lifestyle management and integration.
My practice is strongly rooted in empowering my clients to become active participants in their own healing. Virtual care allows me to educate others and share information, such as self-massage or soft tissue mobilizations, exercises and myofascial stretches to promote health and comfort.
If you have any questions about osteopathy, ask them below! I can’t wait to help. You can also book a free 15 minute consultation with me here.
Florence is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, kinesiologist, and movement specialist. She specializes in treating and teaching pre- and post-natal women and infants, and is one of Toronto’s leading experts on diastasis-recti (the condition of “over-stretched” abdominal muscles during and after pregnancy).