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  • Writer's pictureJenna Marie

What is Osteopathy?

Updated: Jan 16, 2021

Osteopathy utilizes various physical techniques and approaches to treating the body as a whole. It is non invasive in nature, and its holistic view on health is admirable. In Canada, we are not doctors, and do not diagnose. In Nova Scotia, Osteopathic Manual Practice is not regulated by the government, however the NSAO is actively seeking government regulation to protect the public and our profession. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are not members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS).


An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner observes and uses palpation skills, to attain a clinical impression on how the tissues are living. Palpation is a fundamental skill that requires the use of hands/fingers in contact with various tissues to detect mobility, vitality, density, temperature, position of a structure, fascial restrictions and adhesions, and other possibilities. We are essentially "dialoguing" with your tissues to get a sense of

how the body is currently living versus where it wants to be. Our job is to figure out what structure(s) are preventing the full expression of your health. It is a practice that allows the body to restore health from within, to hold space for nature to do its work. It is a sacred phenomenon that is beautiful, creative, scientific and healing.



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