What is Osteopathy?


Osteopathy is a holistic, natural, hands-on approach to health care that supports the body's natural ability to restore and maintain your health.


Osteopathy is based on an extensive knowlege and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathphysiology, biomechanics, physical assessment, and treatment.


Osteopathy considers the body, mind and spirit.  This is the basis of our personalized, whole body approach to your health.


The World Health Organization recognizes osteopathy as a distance manual therapy that differs from other forms of treatment and can complement a multi-disciplinary approach to health care. Osteopathy may help individuals of all ages.


Osteopathic Manual Practitioners have extensive training in manual osteopathic practice, but they are not medical doctors and cannot prescribe medication, perform surgery or perform labour and delivery.  They assess and treat patients using an osteopathic philosophy and manual techniques only. The education and clinical training needed to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is available in Canada.


Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are not to be confused with physicians.  Osteopathic physicians, who are educated and trained in osteopathic medical schools in the USA, are regulated by the College of Physicians and Surgeons.


Osteopathic Manual Practitioners can:

  • Address the underlying cause of acute or chronic pain and other symptoms such as swelling, weakness and breathing restriction.

  • Offer pain relief through non-invasive, drug-free treatments

  • Assist the body to adapt through life's many changes

  • Improve function, circulation or digestion

  • Help you to improve your overall health and sense of well-being.


For more information please go to:


Canadian College of Osteopathy

Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Canadian Federation of Osteopathy

CCO Winnipeg

Manitoba Association of Osteopaths

Collège d' Études Ostéopathiques 


“Osteopathy is the knowledge of the structure, relation and function of each part of the human body applied to the correction of whatever interferes with its harmonious operation.”

- George V. Webster, D.O., 1921

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