Tag / Osteopathy


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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Concussions and Osteopathy

~ Graham Wiltshire, CAT(C), CSCS, DOMP (Thesis Writer)

I have been an Athletic Therapist for almost 17 years and treating osteopathically for 10 years. I have worked at all levels of sports from amateur to professional and have seen the trauma that causes concussions as well as treated people who have suffered from the effects of post-concussion syndrome.

While it has become common knowledge that concussions occur in sports, we are now recognizing that they occur, with increasing frequency, to the general public.

Osteopathy’s Role in the Management of Heart Disease

Please see our entire May e-newsletter, Reversing Heart Disease, here.

by Graham Wiltshire, CAT(C), CSCS, DOMP (Thesis Writer)

As most of my patients know I am currently knee deep in my research to complete my thesis for the Canadian College of Osteopathy, the last step in my osteopathic education. I am working with researchers from Queens University, the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Hotel Dieu Hospital and Cardiologist Dr. Stephen LaHaye, to determine if osteopathy can improve the ability to exercise for people diagnosed with heart disease.

Osteopathy has been shown to benefit patients with a wide variety of cardiovascular diseases.