Osteopathic manual therapy originated with Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874 in Kirksville, Missouri. “Osteo” denotes “structure“ and ”pathos” denotes “suffering of”. Combined the meaning - “suffering of structure” is conveyed. Through diligent research into the body’s anatomical structure and physiological function Dr. Still was able to find a deeper understanding of functional treatment. Using this knowledge, he found he could facilitate the innate self-healing and self-regulating function of his patients through manual therapy and adjustment.
An osteopathic manual therapists is a profession which uses an extensive knowledge of human anatomy, human mechanics, physiology and the interrelations of the structure and function of the body to help determine root cause of the symptoms.
Osteopathy uses a non-invasive gentle approach to increase your body's innate ability to self heal and self regulate, increase overall strength of the musculoskeletal system and increase balance between all organ systems of the body.
Osteopathic manual therapists understand that the body is one singular functioning unit. If the structures anywhere within the body are out of equilibrium then there may be compromised function anywhere in the body.
Osteopathic manual therapist work in a way to remove obstructions within all layers of the body; skin, fascia, muscles, connective tissues, bones and organs to allow blood and fluids to reach nerves and organs as well as return to the heart and lungs with ease. When this environment is created then the body has the ability to heal itself.
Osteopathic manual therapists are facilitators of health, by working with your body to help the structure and function work harmoniously.
Atlantic Coast Osteopathy practitioners are members in good standing with the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO)
Osteopathy—Treat the Cause, Not the Symptom