What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which facilitates healing by focusing on how the whole body functions as a unit, including the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs.

Osteopathic techniques are effective in treating both acute and chronic pain conditions and improving mobility, health and general well-being.

Seeking the Cause of Pain?

Osteopathic practitioners seek the cause of pain and dysfunction by taking a comprehensive case history and physical assessment to look at the interaction of multiple systems in the body (digestive, neurological, cardiorespiratory, and musculoskeletal).

Osteopathic practitioners are trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and a wide range of hands-on techniques to provide a multi-system approach, which enables the primary cause(s) of dysfunction to be determined.

Osteopathic Treatments

Treatment utilizes both direct and indirect manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization (stretching, massage, trigger point), myofascial release, muscle energy, positional release, joint mobilization, visceral release, and cranial osteopathy.

Techniques aim to address the cause of dysfunction and facilitate the body to integrate changes. A patient-centered approach is taken that emphasises collaboration between patient and practitioner; treatment plans are discussed then

individualized, and may include exercises, stretches, postural correction and other advice.

What do osteopathic practitioners treat?

Osteopathic practitioners treat a wide range of conditions and problems for people of all ages, including:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pelvic imbalances
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Hip, knee, ankle & foot pain
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain
  • Sinus issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint and muscle pain, sprains & strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Digestive, respiratory, menstrual problems
  • Postural issues
  • Pregnancy & post-partum related pain
  • Babies & children

Osteopathy is a safe and effective drug free, patient centred and holistic manual therpay approach. It optimizes the body's ability to heal itself and achieve balance. Osteopathic practitioners treat people of all ages from infants to seniors and use skilled palpation and manual therapy techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissues and internal organs.

Benefits of osteopathy includes: 

  • Pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased circulation
  • Trauma healing
  • Hormonal balance
  • Decreased stress and tension
  • Improved posture

Some conditions osteopathic practitioers can help with are:

  • Neck and back pain and tension
  • Headaches
  • Sleep or energy issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Concussion
  • Injuries from car accidents
  • Repetetive strain injuries
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Digestive, respiratory or menstrual problems 
  • Pre- and post natal support
  • Jaw dysfunctions 


For more information about osteopahty visit www.osteopathybc.ca

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