Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints in the body has been mentioned since 1500 BC in Chinese and Greek writing. In fact, Hippocrates, the iconic Greek physician, published a text detailing the importance of manual manipulation and the role of the spine in diagnosing and treating illness. The official beginning of the modern chiropractic professional dates back to 1895 when Canadian, D.D. Palmer began to define the profession. Throughout the twentieth century, the profession has gained considerable recognition and scientific support. Chiropractic care is safe, effective and an important part of our comprehensive care delivery.
Osteopathy is the knowledge of the structure, relation and function of each part of the human body applied to the correction of whatever interferes with its harmonious operation. – George V. Webster, D.O., 1921
In Ontario, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners maintain, improve or restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems. Osteopathy enhances the body’s natural ability to health itself. Through the use of various manual assessment, treatment techniques and modalities, practitioners help individuals with injury, pain or other health concerns by, reducing inflammation, improving tissue mobility and promoting optimal neurological functioning. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners seeks to identify and then gently ease restrictions and constrictions so the body can function in a normal, healthy state.