My favorite question is, “But, what the heck is osteopathy?” Partly because I get asked that daily, but also because I am still learning what it is myself! I’m being honest, I still have a lot to learn, but what I have learned is amazing.
There is a lot of misinformation and dubious claims put forward about osteopathy, and it’s usually done by the misinformed. It’s too bad really, since Osteopathy has a genuine benefit to it. But, when I hear people claim that it cures disease, and heals the body… I cringe.
The Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners states that the “Osteopath applies the knowledge of the structure and function of the body, to all diseases, disorders, and dysfunctions.” An Osteopath doesn’t cure or heal, but we can help the body. They don’t replace a Medical Doctor, massage therapist, physiotherapist or any other professional. They simply use their knowledge to help people.
Osteopaths help people, and isn’t that what life is really all about?