What is Osteopathy?

March 27, 2017

by Adrian Wallace, DOMP

Osteopathy is a manual hands-on therapy, similar to that of physiotherapy, chiropractic and massage therapy, taking a whole-body approach to treatment. It is equipped with efficient, effective and gentle techniques to treat musculo-skeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body.

The techniques utilized include Osteopathic Mobilization, Muscle Energy Techniques, Soft Tissue Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise, Visceral and Cranial Sacral, as appropriate for each individual.

Benefits of Osteopathy?

Chronic & Acute Pain Relief
Improves Athletic Performance
Decreases muscle tension & Spasm
Injury Prevention
Increases and Promotes Joint Mobility
Improves Posture
Improves Circulation
Stress Relief

Rational treatment is based on the following principles:

  1. The body is a unit
  2. Structure and function are interdependent and interrelated. Structure and function are to be treated at the same time in order for healing to last.
  3. The body is self-regulating.
  4. The body is designed to defend and to heal itself. The body follows a set path in the healing process: 
  • Step 1: Stabilization
  • Step 2: Detoxification
  • Step 3: Fortification
When the body’s ability to adapt is disrupted, the integrity of the internal environment is lost, and self-maintenance disintegrates. 


Hopefully this gives you a better idea of what I can help you with. I'm looking forward to seeing you at MVMTLAB soon! In the mean time, don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.


Adrian Wallace
BCRPA Registered PT, FMS 1&2, FRCms

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