What is Osteopathy?


Osteopathic Manual Practitioners recognize the important link between the structures of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and connective tissue functions as a holistic unit. Manual osteopaths use gentle movements to address areas of concern with the spine, joints, muscles, organs, fascia, and fluids.


Osteopathy is a drug free, manual therapy with a holistic approach, which means it observes the whole body to see the intricate relationships of all parts and systems whether they are healthy(ie: supple muscles)or unhealthy(ie:persistent pain or tension).  

Osteopathy provides an assessment and treatment of the physical body and all it's interconnected parts and systems to change tension/compensation patterns and increase motion where motion has decreased. The body has the knowledge to repair, to adapt and thrive and sometimes it needs a little help. A perspective for health spreading health instead of the conventional thought looking for disease. 


 Movements are designed to


re-align posture (if required)

remove tension/compensation patterns

regain balance within the body


Benefits of Osteopathy


improve movement

reduce pain

require less energy

relax the body

promote healing


What exactly is Osteopathy(Chatelaine article)


Why Osteopathic Osteoarticular Techniques are so effective?


Osteopathic spinal osteo-articular techniques are proven through scientific research to cause neurophysiological effects resulting in hypoalgesia (local and/or distal), sympathoexcitation, reduction in spinal stiffness, heterogeneous in location and timing, and improved muscle function.

These techniques also produce increased nociceptive flexion reflex threshold, improved posture, decreased concentration of substance P, and improved sway index.

The evidence for effectiveness of osteopathic osteoarticular techniques suggests involvement of an endogenous pain inhibition system mediated by the central nervous system.


Did you know 

Did you know osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) is effective for menstrual pain, disc conditions, and pregnancy related back pain?

Below you find a link to a list of scientific research showing effectiveness of manual osteopathy for disorders of muscles, bones, and joints (musculoskeletal disorders).


Link to studies



Osteopathy may be reimbursed by most insurance companies. Please contact your ins. co. to confirm coverage as there will be no refunds.