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About Osteopathy Methodology


A strong focus of the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice is its emphasis on Clinical Methodology.

Through extensive training and experience the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner understands that the site of the patient's complaints often may not correspond to the site of the cause, or causes, of the complaints. In addition, many people have multiple, overlapping injuries and conditions. In response to these conditions, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner assesses and treats the whole patient, recognizing that each individual may have a combination of physical, emotional, or mental conditions.

Clinical Methodology, as presented at the Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice, provides a prioritized plan by which the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner first assesses and then treats the patient, in a methodical sequence. By using a precise methodology, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is able to achieve the maximum change in a patient with the minimum amount of treatment. This sequence of determining and treating the most severe problems first is a highly effective way of liberating an area of the body, and often causes a positive cascading effect. 

The method of choosing the appropriate area to begin treatment minimizes the side effects of treatment soreness. Treatment soreness describes a situation whereby the patient feels worse after treatment, and is often caused by treating the symptoms before the cause of the symptoms is addressed.

As the ancient saying goes, “First do no harm” (Primum non nocere).

Osteopathic treatment combines the four main types of Osteopathic sub-disciplines:

     Osteo-articular Adjustments
     Cranial-sacral Application
     Visceral Normalization
     Fascial Release