WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is a holistic, hands on approach to treating pain and dysfunction by identifying and treating its source rather than its symptoms. It is based on the understanding that all systems of the body operate together to create and sustain homeostasis and health. The goal of osteopathic treatment is to restore proper function and movement within the body and to provide permanent rehabilitation.
WHAT TO EXPECT
An osteopathic treatment begins with a thorough health history intake followed by a physical assessment using postural assessment tools, range of motion testing, orthopaedic and other manual tests. Based on the assessment, treatment consists of manipulation of the skeletal system, soft tissues, the viscera and the craniosacral system.
EXAMPLES OF CONDITIONS OSTEOPATHY CAN ADDRESS
Somatic: Neck and back pain, sciatica, strains and sprains, headaches, TMJ disorders, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, plantar fasciitis.
Systemic issues: digestive problems, gynaecological problems, endocrine issues, neurological disorders.
Pregnancy/postpartum: back pain, groin pain, carpal tunnel, sciatica, scar tissue.
Paediatric: colic, sucking difficulties, birth trauma, delayed development, learning disorders
OSTEOPATHY EDUCATION IN CANADA
Graduates of the Canadian College of Osteopathy(CCO) receive a Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice DO(MP).
The CCO was first established in Montreal, Quebec and expanded to form the Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO) in Toronto in 1991. The CCO now has schools in Vancouver and Halifax.
The CCO offers an intensive, five year, part-time programme consisting of clinical and academic study in osteopathic manual techniques. The course is open to candidates who already hold a university degree in a health science or to health professionals. A thesis is required at the end of the programme which must accepted by an International Jury of Osteopaths in order to be granted the title DO(MP).
Canadian College of Osteopathy
College d’Etudes Osteopathiques