Restore the human body’s natural equilibrium and harmony? … is that possible?!

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy starts and ends with its founder, Andrew Taylor Still, physician and American Civil War field surgeon, who grew disillusioned with the failure of the conventional medicine of his day and its dependence on addictive and ineffective drugs. Developed almost 150 years ago, osteopathy uses a subtle, hands-on technique called palpation to “listen” to your body. Unlike massage, palpation is used to identify issues such as congestion, dehydration, scarring and stiffness, while restoring proper function to bones, muscles, fluids and organs.

Dr. Still claimed that human illness was rooted in problems with the musculoskeletal system, and that hands-on manipulations could solve these problems and effect a cure by harnessing the body’s own healing potential. He himself defined osteopathy as:
“that science which consists of such exact, exhaustive, and verifiable knowledge of the structure and function of the human mechanism, anatomical, physiological and psychological, including the chemistry and physics of its known elements, as has made discoverable certain organic laws and remedial resources, within the body itself, by which nature under the scientific treatment peculiar to osteopathic practice, apart from all ordinary methods of extraneous, artificial, or medicinal stimulation, and in harmonious accord with its own mechanical principles, molecular activities, and metabolic processes, may recover from displacements, disorganization, derangement, and consequent disease, and regained its normal equilibrium of form and function in health and strength.” – Dr. Still
In summary, osteopathy is arguably the most holistic of all approaches to alleviating pain and the symptoms of disease. It recognizes the mind/body/spirit connections that make us whole. Through gentle manipulation of the spine, joints and soft tissues, osteopathy frees restrictions and brings into balance muscular, nervous and circulatory flow within the body. Osteopathy teaches that by freeing structural restrictions, the body will function as it should and can thereby heal itself. It is based on the scientific understanding of functional anatomy, neurophysiology and biomechanics.

Why I choose it as a profession?

There is an aspect that drew me to study in osteopathy, I have witnessed two successful treatments of manual osteopathy performed on my cousin. She got so much better. By seeing what the osteopath was doing, I was impressed by the effectiveness of this natural treatment. Without any medication, machinery, it would improve the condition of an inflicted human body. If I could recommend to anyone where to learn this amazing profession, I will surely say National Academy of Osteopathy – Toronto, Canada (NAO). Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Toronto to study. I did it all online. Furthermore, with the help of well-experienced teachers, the curriculum was easy to understand.

I am currently working in a hospital as a medical electrophysiology technologist. I deal with patients on a daily basis, subjecting them to medical exams. Undoubtedly, empathy and accuracy are the two most important assets to develop in order to establish a great relation with the patient. Furthermore, I am very fond of human anatomy. What an amazing machinery we are!!!

Osteopaths treat more than you think!