"We look at the body in health as meaning perfection and harmony, not in one part, but in the whole."
- A. T. Still MD, DO
Osteopathy is a drug-free non-invasive manual medicine. Osteopaths assess the whole body for movement, where the tissues and fluids that are moving are considered to be healthy, and where the tissues and fluids that lack movement is an indication that the area is not functioning optimally. Often we find that the area which is 'moving' is overcompensating for the area that is 'not moving,' and the compensating area is usually the area exhibiting symptoms of pain and inflammation.
The body is considered to function as the sum of all its parts and therefore an Osteopath would treat the area of the body that lacks movement to restore balance to the whole person. In osteopathy we treat the presenting symptoms by assessing and searching for the root cause of the pain or dysfunction.
“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
– George V. Webster, D.O., 1921
The body is a functional unit. For example, the musculoskeletal system must be supportive, aligned and mobile. When the skeleton is aligned properly it allows for bloods vessels and nerves to travel to and from their destination unobstructed. Muscles are designed to provide locomotion; when joints are in their proper position, muscles need not be recruited to add stability to the joint but to act as a guy-wire. Proper mobility of the musculoskeletal system also allows for fluids to to be pumped passively and consistently throughout the tissues; bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cell and removing metabolic wastes and toxins from the cell and eventually from the body.
Our Osteopathic Practitioners:
Laura McKinnon Osteopath, RMT
Gerry MacAdam Osteopath (in-study), RMT