Osteopathy as practiced in Canada and other countries around the world differs greatly in scope and approach from osteopathic medicine in the United Sates, where a branch of the medical profession called osteopathic physicians is trained and certified to practice all modern medicine.
Elsewhere, such as in Canada, Osteopaths are trained in manual osteopathic treatment to relieve symptoms and ailments. In the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand osteopaths are registered and regulated by law as therapists and do not practice medicine. The two branches of the osteopathic profession are distinct and function as separate professions.
Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by osteopathically treating and strengthening the anatomical framework which includes bones, muscles, organs, etc…. Its aim is to positively affect the whole body such as the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to resolve why the imbalance or complaint occurred thereby providing overall good health and wellbeing.
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still established the practice of Osteopathy in the late 1800s in the United States of America, with the aim of using manual ‘hands on’ techniques to improve circulation and correct altered biomechanics without the use of drugs.
Osteopaths in Quebec and throughout Canada are not Doctors and do not carry that title. They can be referred to as Mr., Mrs., Miss. or by any term of endearment and respect;).