Osteopathy

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still

To further understand the human body and natural laws governing its function, Mira continued her studies and is currently enrolled in a four year program studying Osteopathy. During her studies, she found answers to many of the questions she accumulated over the years while treating patients.

She continues her journey of discovery adding more pieces to the puzzle. She is using osteopathic philosophy, principles and techniques on a daily bases and while treating any condition.

  • What is Osteopathy?

    Osteopathy is a non invasive, drug-free, ‘hands on’ approach of alternative medicine which searches for the causes of malfunctioning of the body. It is based on an in depth knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and physiology. By correcting altered biomechanics of the body (frequently created as a protective pattern due to an injury or pathology or simply as a consequence of a cultural, sport or habitual reasons) osteopathy regulates the circulatory,  lymphatic and nervous system, stimulates normal physiology to resume and restores health. The goal is to provide the patient overall good health and well being.

    The name osteopathy is derived from Greek words οστέων - osteon: bone and πάθη - pathy: suffering.

    “ Tie a string around your finger tight. What will follow? The finger will turn red and then it will turn black. In time it will die. No treatment, internal or external, material or mental can save your finger so long as the sting remains. The only thing necessary is the removal of the string. This in a crude way illustrates the principle which is the basis of Osteopathy.

    This principle is that anything which interferes with blood currents or with nerve impulses must be overcome in order to secure health of the parts affected.” E.M. Downing, D.O

  • How using osteopathic principles differs from other treatments?

    Osteopathy assesses and treats body as a whole, considers that all of its parts are interrelated and relies on body’s ability to heal itself.
    There are four main principles of osteopathy:

    1. The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.
    2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
    3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
    4. Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles: body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.

    In optimal conditions, the body is able to take care of itself, to compensate for minor injuries and to self heal. In some instances, the injury is greater than the body’s ability to adapt or heal. The pain is usually a first sign, the only way your body can tell you that is no longer capable of compensating and needs your attention and correction.

    By using osteopathic principles we strive towards restoring its balance where body again regains its inherent ability to heal itself.

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  • How can mobilizing of parts of my body help me?

    Very often dysfunctions of the body are caused by mechanical, whether traumatic or postural stresses which produce tension within the muscle and pull on fascias surrounding it. This impacts the movement of fluids of the body such as blood and  lymph, as well as passage of nerve impulses, which is essential for maintaining homeostasis.

    This lack of motion and impaired circulation creates  impaired removal of waste products, which creates further congestion and impedes supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. Consequently, the body starts reacting to it and various symptoms such as discomfort, stiffness, tightness and pain may emerge.

    Osteopathic principles guide the practitioner to make decisions on how to assess and treat.

  • How did Osteopathy begin?

    n the spring of 1864, Andrew Taylor Still a medical doctor and surgeon from Kansas, watched helplessly as the best medications then available failed to save his three children from spinal meningitis. Frustrated, Dr. Still started studying human body and  searching for an alternative healing practice. He eventually developed  the new system where by manipulation of the parts of the body and spine the blood and flow of other liquids and impulses will improve health by allowing the body to heal itself. More...

    Osteopathy was officially recognized in the United States under Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency as he had personally been successfully treated  by Osteopathy. In the United States, osteopathy students are still still being thought the original methods based on palpation and  manual therapeutic methods, but the practice of Osteopathy has evolved  more toward the practice of medicine and surgery. Osteopathy graduates in the USA are granted medical degrees and are called Osteopathic physicians. More...

  • What is the difference between D.O. and Osteopathic Manual Therapists?

    In Canada, there are currently two categories of Osteopathic practitioners:

    • Osteopathic practitioners who have extensive training in treating  patients using manual techniques only. They do not use drugs, medication, surgery or other medical procedures.There are many osteopathic schools currently in Canada. Canadian  Academy of Osteopthy teaches principles created by osteopathy founder Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and his student Dr. John Martin LittleJohn and further  developed as Classical Osteopathy by  John Wernham .
    • Osteopathic physicians DO – Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine who received their training in the United States. They are licensed physicians who also have osteopathic manual training along with  their training  in prescribing  medication and applying other medical procedures.