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 http://news.nationalpost.com/features/rowans-law . 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.