What is Manual Osteopathy?
Traditional Manual Osteopathy is the holistic and dynamic assessment and treatment of the individual. The goal is to restore vitality to the organism, and facilitate the body to heal itself.
The history of Osteopathy dates back to Kirksville, Missouri, in the midst of the American Civil War. There, Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917), a medical doctor and surgeon, was on a quest to find answers, longing to effectively treat deadly systemic and orthopedic diseases and injuries, such as meningitis, war wounds, and gangrene. Throughout his life, Dr. Still was able to consistently reproduce positive results with his manual treatments that adhered to anatomical structures. Until his death, he insisted he did not create or discover anything. According to Dr. Still, Osteopathy has always been present within nature.
In 1892, Dr. Still founded a teaching facility in Kirksville, Missouri, where he was able to train an extensive following of Osteopaths, including female practitioners, despite it being a time of extreme patriarchy. Before his death, he requested that his proteges continue the work by expanding and researching the practice of Osteopathy, which is exactly what has happened and continues to this day.
The 4 Principles of Manual Osteopathy:
1. Structure governs function, and function governs structure.
2. The rule of the artery is absolute, meaning healthy circulation of fluids within an area is paramount for tissue health.
3. The body is a functional unit, and all systems are interconnected.
4. The natural autoregulation of the organism means the body has the ability to heal itself.
The Difference between Canadian and American Osteopaths:
Osteopathy in Canada is very different from that in the United States. American Osteopaths are Medical Doctors that commonly do not practice manual therapy, where as in Canada we are hands-on manual therapists.
The core philosophy at Canadian School of Osteopathy of British Columbia is to keep traditional manual Osteopathy pure by incorporating and teaching the three aspects of Traditional Osteopathy:
1. Structural: e.g., osteo-articular adjustments, muscle energy, and myofascial techniques.
2. Cranial Osteopathy: e.g., working with the connective tissue (dura) that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, and the individual cranial bones that make up the skull as well as the sacrum, which is the triangle bone at the end of your spine.
3. Visceral Manipulation: working with the internal organs
What Compelled Pamela to Study Osteopathy? Many massage therapy courses and techniques were actually developed from Osteopathy, e.g., cranial sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, muscle energy technique, myofascial muscle chains, ligamentous strain technique, and others. The more Pamela practiced, the more she became compelled to learn about the origins of these techniques, with a fervent belief that in order to truly get the full story of the body and gain an understanding of how to effectively treat its dysfunctions, it was integral to pursue the study of traditional Osteopathy on a professional level.