Candace's Blog

What is Osteopathy? 

Osteopathy is a patient centered approach to health, and is a whole body approach. It is a form of non-invasive, drug free manual medicine by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework that includes joints, muscles and spine, and to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. 


Why did I choose osteopathy…

In my life I have done a number of things from reflexologist, to Registered Nurse, to First Aid instructor/ first aider. As a first aider and proud mother I attend sporting events (Rugby and Baseball).  As a first aider I felt I needed more training in concussion assessment and treatment, especially after what happen in our area that brought us to have Rowen’s Law.  For you who do not know what I am talking about Rowen was a young lady that played high school rugby and received multiple concussions and still continued play.  Here is the link to the article in the National Post .   I attended an amazing training program in Guelph and the instructor was a Doctor of Osteopathy (DO).  When speaking to him during the breaks and after a live demonstration of concussion treatment with a current patient I commented on some issues I noticed, and he said "Yes, you're right" (it made my day).   After that first day I started to look up what osteopathy was and different training that was available and said to my husband “this is me”.  Not only did manual osteopathy coincide with my beliefs of treating a person as a whole, but also so it would allow me to use the training from the concussion course to the full extent.  The treatment part of concussions was not in my scope of practice as a RN.  I was able to do the baseline and post injury testing but not the treatment.  So now I will be able to complete a full circle of education, prevention, assessment, treatment and get all these wonderful children and adults into recovery to prevent post-concussion syndrome.  


So that is why I have chosen to become a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner … a young girl I never had the honour to meet and an amazing DO that wants the world to know that concussions can be treated. 





Why I choose NAO

After twenty-two years of nursing, I was at a point in my career that I needed a change, I met a Manual Osteopath during a training session for concussion analysis and treatment.  I was very interested and started to look up what Manual Osteopathy was and quickly discovered that manual osteopathy coincided with my beliefs of treating a person as a whole.

So I started to look into the different schools that offered manual osteopathy.  Finally deciding on NAO (National Academy of Osteopathy) and I am so happy I did. I first selected NAO because it allowed me to do full time courses online. It also had very good reviews from past students, even students that had attended other Manual Osteopathy schools then went to NAO. 

When I started, the passion for manual osteopathy Dr. Pourgol conveyed when he was teaching made it feel like he was right in the room with you. His love for Manual Osteopathy made me want to learn more and more. Then when I went to Toronto for the 2 week hands-on, seeing the team in-person made me feel like I was part of a special family. The love I have for my new profession just increased tenfold.

The business classes were above and beyond what I was expecting. There were many times I said “I wish I knew that before” or “Wow. That makes so much sense.”  I even caught my husband hanging around when I was watching my classes and saying quietly “Hmm”, “Okay”, and “Yes”. 

I am looking forward to doing the dual degree BSc (O) and DO (Spain)