What is Osteopathy?

Traditional Osteopathy, as presented by the Canadian College of Osteopathy, is defined as:



Osteopathy embraces the philosophy that the body has an innate, natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself. The key factor that permits this regulation and healing to proceed unimpeded is the ability of the body to freely circulate all of its fluids and liquids. These fluids include the blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, cerebrospinal fluid, axoplasm, and all the other intracellular and extracellular fluids of the body.


American Andrew Taylor Still , MD, DO (August 6, 1828 – December 12, 1917) was the founder of osteopathy and osteopathic medicine. He was also a physician and surgeon, author, inventor and Kansas territorial and state legislator.


Osteopathy is a form of alternative medicine which is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy (using the hands) that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating, adjusting and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework – the muscle tissue, bones, spine, and joints.


Osteopathic intervention can help treat arthritis, back pain, headaches, tennis elbow, digestive issues, and postural problems.


Treatment can also assist with sleep cycles and the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic symptoms.

Why choose Osteopathy?

Osteopathic practitioners treat the whole person. Treatment focuses on finding the source of the problem. Major contributing factors that initially created the dysfunction, or are maintaining the dysfunction are identified and released.


Osteopathic practitioners spend time with their patients, using a global approach and ensuring the changes that have been achieved are integrated by the whole body.


Various types of techniques are used depending on a patient’s needs or preference. Supportive exercises are frequently prescribed to reduce pain and improve posture.

The Benefits of Osteopathy for Pain

Osteopathy treats the pain you experience in a way that considers you as a person and your body as a whole. Osteopathic treatment can be used to effectively reduce pain in a number of different areas including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and ankle sprains. Osteopathy can:


The Benefits of Osteopathy for Reducing Discomfort from Chronic Illnesses

Osteopathy can provide treatments that provide relief from the symptoms of many chronic illnesses such as a migraine, asthma, arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The Benefits of Osteopathy for Preventing Injury

Osteopathy can help prevent a reoccurrence of an injury or acute condition or the development of an injury due to lifestyle factors. Osteopathy can:


The Benefits of Osteopathy for Relaxation

By giving you time to be aware of yourself and your body, osteopathy can be very relaxing. It is also known to reduce stress levels by increasing the efficiency of your body’s systems like blood flow, nerve supply, and the immune system. Osteopathy can:


What to expect during treatment

Will my extended health insurance cover Osteopathy?

Most insurance companies in Ontario do offer osteopathic coverage, but it depends on your plan (we strongly advise for you to verify first with your insurance). Upon payment, a receipt will be issued to you that you can then submit to your insurance company.

Do I need a referral from my doctor?

You do not need a referral from your family doctor to see our manual osteopathic practitioner. Please be aware, however, that some insurance companies may require you to have a doctor’s referral for osteopathic treatment to be covered by them. Please check your individual policy for details.

How many appointments will I need?

Each person is different depending on how long they have had their condition, what sort of lifestyle they lead, and their state of health.

We usually recommend three treatments, spaced one to two weeks apart. Some people with less serious conditions may feel better right away.

Other people with more difficult or chronic conditions will likely require further treatments to function well. You are reassessed at every visit and your treatment plan is tailored to meet your individual needs.