Manual Osteopathy

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Manual Osteopathy is a group of related techniques that look at the deeper layers of the body.

The body is a complex machine with many layers. Every day our body endures stresses, strains and injuries that can often cause the tissues to tighten and distort the craniosacral system, viscera and fascia network. These distortions cause tension to form around the fascia, brain, spinal cord, and organs resulting in restrictions in movement, function and pain. Underneath the pain or diagnosis is a compensatory pattern created in the body where the initial source of dysfunction is often far from where the pain is felt. All these aforementioned systems are in perpetual motion. When you breathe, walk and stretch, your deeper layers move in subtle ways. So subtle that we rarely think about it.  When you are healthy, all the structures move with an interconnected fluidity but when a system is no longer freely mobile or is fixed to another structure the body is forced to compensate. This disharmony creates fixed, abnormal point of tension and the chronic irritation gives way to functional and structural problems throughout the body. 

Manual Osteopathy searches out this pattern, determines the source and treats those related tissues. The treatment is a hands on compression, mobilization and elongation of the soft tissues.

Three main techniques are used: 

Myofascial Release
Known as “Rolfing”, Myofascial Release a technquie that works on the connective tissue adhesions. The slow, penetrating pressure of this style of bodywork takes advantage of the unique property of fascia to soften and change its state when steady pressure of this style pressure is applied. See Rolfing page for more about Rolfing. 

CranioSacral Therapy (CST)
The central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) has the most influence over the body’s ability to function. CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle, hands- on approach to releasing tensions within the central nervous system. CST evaluates and releases restrictions in the central nervous system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing.
Conditions CranioSacral Therapy addresses: 

  • Concussion and traumatic brain injury

  • Migraines and Headaches

  • Chronic Neck and Back Pain

  • Stress and Tension-Related Disorders

  • Autism

  • Motor-Coordination Impairments

  • Infant and Childhood Disorders

  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Fibromyalgia

  • TMJ Syndrome

  • Scoliosis

  • Central Nervous System Disorders

  • Learning Disabilities


  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Orthopedic Problems

  • And many other conditions

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that aids and encourages the body’s natural ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that lead to pain and dysfunction. 

“Viscera” relates to the internal organs of the body, such as the liver kidneys and intestines. Treatment using this techniques that involves feelings for altered or decreased motion within the viscera, as well as restrictive patterns throughout the body and then applies gentle visceral manipulation techniques.

Conditions Visceral Manipulation addresses: 

  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Sciatica

  • Back, hip and knee pain

  • Repetitive strain injuries, e.g. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Whiplash and other physical trauma

  • Shoulder periarthritis and capsulitis

  • Restricted range of motion

  • Vertigo

  • Post-surgical pain and Scar tissue

  • Post-cardiac surgery

  • Swallowing difficulties

  • Acid Reflux and Heartburn

  • Women's health issues

  • Endometriosis

  • Fibroids and Cysts

  • Bladder incontinence

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Liver disorders

  • Digestive disorders

  • Pediatrics issues

  • Neuromotor problems

  • Ward off infection

  • Emotional disorders

  • Anxiety and Depression

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • And many other conditions

Types of Osteopathy

As Osteopathy developed, two distinct categories evolved: Medical Osteopath and Manual Osteopath.

Medical Osteopath

In Canada and the US, osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical practice in both countries. Medical Doctors (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) are the only two types of complete physicians in North America. They are fully trained and licensed to order any required laboratory or diagnostic procedures, prescribe medication, perform surgery, deliver babies and may utilize their training as a prerequisite to specialize in other branches of medicine. There are currently 29 accredited Osteopathic Medical Schools in the US and none in Canada. These DO’s are recognized as osteopathic physicians and are the only ones legally able to call themselves osteopaths.

Manual Osteopath

Generally anyone other than Osteopaths/Osteopathic Physicians (which are only those trained in accredited American schools) refer to themselves as one or more of the following: Manual Osteopath, Manual Osteopathic Therapist, or Osteopathic Manual Therapist.

Manual Osteopaths have advanced training in manual osteopathic practice, but they are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medication or perform surgery. They assess and treat patients using an osteopathic philosophy and manual osteopathic techniques. There are schools located throughout the world, including Canada.

Manual Osteopathic Accreditation

There are numerous colleges, universities, associations and regulating bodies for Manual Osteopaths worldwide, but there is no single, specific governing body or accreditation process for all. Some countries have a nationwide governing body including Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

Manual Osteopathy and its schools are not regulated in any jurisdiction in Canada, although many associations are trying to establish standards of practice, codes of conduct and educational requirements for their members and the profession.

The training that our graduates receive are not equivalent to medical osteopaths, nor osteopathic practitioners, or to suggest that graduates would be eligible to become registered members of their provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons. This is not to say that some alumni may have additional training in this area.