What is Manual Osteopathy?

Osteopathic Manual Therapy is a distinct branch of medicine that uses non-invasive techniques to address the entire body, with the goal of supporting wellbeing and overall health.

Osteopathy was founded by Andrew Taylor Still who established the first Osteopathic College in 1892 in Kirksville Missouri. Still’s core concepts of Osteopathy proposed that:

  • the body functions as a whole, integrated unit- when one system is in dysfunction, it can affect the rest of the unit
  • structure and function are interrelated- one affects the other
  • proper circulation and movement of fluids is essential to health
  • the role of auto-regulation- the body has an inherent tendency towards the normal

In keeping with Still’s philosophy, Manual Osteopaths seek to identify the underlying cause of dysfunctions and as such, work with bones, muscles, ligaments, fluid circulation and organs. The reciprocity and interrelatedness between the structure and function of tissues is emphasized to remove obstacles impeding normal function, facilitate recovery and prevent reoccurrence of symptoms.

Manual Osteopaths use a variety of hands-on techniques including soft tissue and organ manipulation, osteoarticular joint mobilizations, and myofascial release. These techniques aim to address impairments, reduce pain, facilitate proper mobility, and promote proper function and healing of tissues.

How can Manual Osteopathy help?


Each treatment involves a comprehensive and individually tailored approach for patients. This therapy is suitable for all ages, from newborns to seniors. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work together in collaboration with patients to provide safe, efficient and effective solutions to many health issues. A wide variety of health conditions may benefit from Osteopathic Manual Therapy including (but not limited to):

  • back pain
  • hip, knee and foot pain
  • neck pain
  • whiplash
  • shoulder problems
  • sciatica
  • pregnancy related complaints
  • TMJ and jaw problems
  • headaches
  • sports injuries
  • repetitive strain injuries
  • joint pains

This list is by no means exhaustive. Please contact Elizabeth to see if Osteopathic Manual Therapy may be appropriate for you.