An Osteopathic approach includes assessing and treating the body as a whole, functional unit, because the cause of 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 and normal function restored. 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, not all training programs are recognized by the Ontario Association of Osteopaths (OAO) which utilizes guidelines established by the World Health Organization for quality education of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. For more information about regulation in Ontario, please visit Graham Wiltshire’s biography, our FAQ section, and the OAO website.
Initial appointments may last up to 2 hours and include evaluation of your medical history, physical examination, and treatment. Follow-up appointments are usually 1 to 1.5 hours. The frequency or recommendation for follow-up treatments varies according to your individual health needs and goals.