Before studying Osteopathy, I studied Geography – physical geography, demographics, retail landscapes, resource infrastructures, etc. – at university. After that, I studied bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, lymphatics and organs at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy.
What do Geography and Osteopathy have in common?
Geographers study the spatial relationships of people, places and things, using a layered approach, literally taking data layer by layer to analyze interrelationships.
One of the primary principles of Osteopathy is that the body is a unit. While there are different “layers” of the body, they are all interrelated in function and form. Muscles and tendons help to physically move the body, but what allows for movement to occur practically involves the whole body. Layers upon layers, all dynamically intertwined!
For example, if you suffer from chronic headaches, a classically trained Osteopathic Practitioner would not simply assess just your head. They would search for the cause of the symptom through motion testing, palpation, and knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The Practitioner would ask why and assess the whole body, layer by layer. Based on their assessment, the Practitioner would apply treatment to ease the position of bones and muscles, improve blood and lymphatic flow, calm the nervous system, and improve the vitality of the Patient. The aim of treatment is to improve coordination and integration of the body’s structures as a whole. Ultimately, this would enhance the quality of life.
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