About Osteopathic Treatment

About Osteopathy

Osteopathy comes from the ancient Greek words Osteon and Pathos.  Osteon means “structure of living matter,” and Pathos means “deep emotional feeling that a being wishes to express.”  Greeks believed that if Pathos is not being expressed, then there is suffering.  The practice of Osteopathy emphasizes the importance of the correct structure and mobility of the tissues in order to improve the function of the whole body.

Osteopathic Treatment

Osteopathic treatment uses manual diagnostic and therapeutic system and is based on the premise that the primary role of the therapist is to facilitate the body’s inherent ability to self-regulate and self-heal. It was founded by an American physician, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, in 1874. Since then, it has established itself as an integral part of health care in the US, Europe and Canada.

Osteopathic Philosophy

Osteopathic philosophy maintains that the structure and function of the body are interconnected: problems in one organ affect other organ systems. For this reason, Osteopaths assess and treat the body as a whole, recognizing even the smallest, localized deviations as obstacles to the healthy functioning of the entire body.

Osteopathic Treatment in Toronto

An Osteopath is a guide who is leading the patients towards their emotional, spiritual and physical balance. Osteopath identifies the causes of pain and imbalance in the body by assessing the position, mobility and vitality of the tissues. When an Osteopath treats a patient, there is always a dialog with the tissues: “Where are you? Where do you need to be? What prevents you from going there?”

The goal of osteopathic treatment, as Dr. Andrew Taylor Still has put it, is to: “Find it, fix it and leave it alone.” To this end, a traditional Osteopathic treatment combines the five main types of Osteopathic modalities:

  • Cranio-sacral therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Visceral normalization
  • Osteo-Articular Corrections

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Osteopathic Manual Practitioners Commonly Treat:

  • Headaches, including migraines and tension headaches
  • Various pregnancy discomforts
  • TMJ and face pain
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sport injuries
  • Acute and chronic muscle aches and pains
  • Digestive conditions such as IBS, heartburn and general indigestion
  • Whiplash injuries associated with car accidents and sport injuries
  • Infertility issues
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic pain
  • Arthritis, including pain associated with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis
  • Allergies, including asthma, digestive sensitivities and intolerances
  • Stress, depression, and chronic fatigue
  • Sinusitis
  • Tinnitus