Who am I ?
I am a Physiotherapist, licensed to practice in Ontario since 1990. (Graduated from The Queens College in Glasgow (UK) in 1985)
OsteoPraxis came into existence in June 1998 to bring together my skills in Physiotherapy with my growing interest and skill in osteopathic techniques.
(I am currently enrolled in the Canadian College of Osteopathy and am actively pursuing my doctorate in Osteopathic Manual Practice.)
Personally, what drew me to osteopathic practice was that for many common orthopedic, traumatic and neurological problems traditional treatment did not offer me an adequate understanding of the problem.
ABOUT OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTICE:
Physiotherapy has many things in common with Osteopathic practice. Both have a basic scientific background of anatomy, physiology and pathology. Both utilize many "hands on" techniques for treatment and both prefer a holistic approach (i.e. to the whole patient instead of simply looking at their injured part.) In fact there are so many overlaps in philosophy and treatment methods that many physiotherapists in Ontario are choosing to commit to advanced learning programs in osteopathic practice.
From an osteopathic perspective, the symptoms presented dont have to fit together in a textbook presentation to be diagnosed. With a more comprehensive understanding of the inter-relationship of the anatomy and the physiology things that may appear to be unconnected in the way they manifest actually begin to make sense.
Osteopathic practice differs in the way a client is evaluated and treated. The evaluation of the client (once serious pathology has been ruled out) is concerned with the way that person stands in relation to gravity, how they move, where structures are immobile or soft tissues under tension. Any of these factors may alter the normal movement pattern, which leads to excessive stress or strain on key structures, which will result in pain or dysfunction.
An assessment pays close attention to ANY biomechanical dysfunction which may contribute to the symptoms the client is suffering. E.g.. For someone may comes in complaining of headaches, it is just as important to assess how their feet and ankles move, and how their feet strike the ground with each step, as it is to assess the mobility of their head and neck.
As with a traditional assessment there would also be questions about the clients general health, how active they are either in sport or leisure activity, how physically demanding their job is, any high velocity traumas they might have had i.e. MVA, any surgery or serious illness.
The treatment process utilizes a variety of non-invasive manual techniques that may include, but are not limited to, joint mobilization, soft tissue massage techniques, postural adjustments, muscle balancing exercises and health education.