What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy and adjustment, where the body is viewed as a whole,  integrated, dynamic unit of function, requiring all tissue and structures to be aligned properly together to allow for optimal function and health.

Through gentle manipulations, osteopathic practitioners work to remove obstructions that restrict the proper flow of blood, lymphatics and nerve impulses within the body, restoring the proper and natural balance to these systems.  Osteopathy provides a safe, natural, and non-invasive treatment tailored to the individual; no two treatments are ever the same. 

What can Osteopathy treat?

  • Acute / Chronic Neck and Back Pain
  • Generalized Muscle and Joint Pain
  • Digestive Problems
  • Postural Issues
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Congestion and Sinus Issues
  • Sleep Problems and Stress 
  • Sport-Related Injuries
  • Weakened Constitution and Fatigue
  • Much More!

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a hands on manual assessment and adjustment of the tissues that make up your musculoskeletal framework.  It is non-invasive, drug free, gentle, and accessible to nearly all individuals, regardless of age or ability.  

Osteopathy is also a skill, mindset and thought process.  Its foundation is the axiom that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing dynamic unit of function.  All parts and systems of the body are interconnected and interdependent on the others.  An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner uses their hands to assess structures such as bones, muscles, fascia and joints, and using their extensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology, interprets the position, mobility and quality of these components.  Adjustments are made to improve the flow of blood, lymphatics and nerve impulses; improving the qualities of circulation, mobility and constitution.  Successful osteopathic treatment can lead to a reduction of restricted mobility, stiffness and pain. 

An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner endeavours to find and treat the source of pain or altered function in a person’s body; it is not simply a matter of treating symptoms.  Often clients seeking help from an OMP will have already tried other modalities of therapy, but can feel like the root of the problem still persists.  It is here that the osteopathic philosophy can be applied in therapy to help discover the source of dysfunction. 


Osteopathy was discovered by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the mid 1800’s.  An American Civil War physician, Dr Still sought to develop non-medical and non-pharmacological treatments for patients. His core osteopathic principles are followed by Principle Based trained Osteopathic practitioners today.

The Core Principles of Osteopathic Treatment:

  1. The body is a dynamic unit of function
  2. Structure and Function are reciprocally interrelated
  3. The body is self-healing and self-regulating
  4. Rational treatment is based on the above principles

“An osteopath is only a human engineer, who should understand all the laws governing his engine and thereby master disease.”  Dr Andrew Still