|History and Overview:
Osteopathy was developed by A. T. Still in the United States in the 1870’s and the first school of Osteopathy opened in Missouri in 1892. Osteopathy is a medical profession in the U.S. – Osteopaths are physicians. The downside to such medicalization has been a shift away from the manual techniques that make Osteopathy effective at alleviating causes of discomfort and dysfunction. Medications and surgeries are part of this medicalization process.
In Canada and elsewhere, Osteopathy has maintained its focus on Osteopathic manual treatments. The premiere Canadian training institution, the Canadian College of Osteopathy, requires that all incoming students are already licensed, certified or registered health care providers as a pre-requisite to entry. Osteopathy is recognized by most insurers in Ontario.
How it works:
Osteopathic palpation is a set of diagnostic skills and precise treatment techniques that allows practitioners to detect and to affect the state of tissues. With highly trained hands, Osteopaths can sense congestion, restriction, scarring, tissue density, movement, hydration and general tissue quality. Osteopathic palpation is a skill that takes years of practice to develop.
Osteopathic treatments include soft tissue manipulation (muscles, fluids,
connective tissues), gentle osteo-articular techniques (joints including
vertebrae), craniosacral techniques (the bones and tissues of the skull, spine
and sacrum), and visceral manipulations (improving organ function).