An Osteopathic approach includes assessing and treating the body as a whole, functional unit, because the source of the pain is often located distant to where the pain is felt. Osteopathy attempts to effectively treat the underlying cause of pain and discomfort, rather than the symptom. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (DOMPs) are unique in their application of a very sensitive sense of touch, known as Osteopathic Palpation, to the treatment of soft tissues, joints, the skull, and internal organs. They work to gently ease restricted or constricted areas of the body, optimizing movement of the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymph), so that healing is optimized. Osteopathy can be applied to all health conditions, including chronic pain or inflammation, concussions, injury, neurological conditions, lung and heart conditions, and digestive disorders.
In Ontario, there is no legally-defined training or scope of practice for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (DOMPs). Most Osteopathic schools strive to achieve guidelines set out by the World Health Organization, but educational programs and osteopathic approaches do vary widely. Because DOMPs are not registered or licensed by the province of Ontario, some insurance companies require that your DOMP maintain membership with particular professional Associations, such as the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO). Memberships and training of all KIHC practitioners can be found on our “Meet Our Team” page.
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