What is osteopathy?

Defining osteopathy

Preventive or curative, it helps people of all conditions. The osteopath restores the movement and vitality of tissues (fascia, bones, muscles, organs, etc.), which allows the body to find by itself the paths to healing and therefore the return to health.

A clinical example on the topic of back pain is given with some details in the article on the evaluation and causes of back pain, and in the article on the treatment of back pain.



WHO writes that osteopathy

“is based on the use of manual contact for diagnosis and treatment. … It emphasizes the structural and functional integrity of the body, and the body’s tendency to heal on its own.”

To optimize this,

“Osteopaths use their knowledge of the relationships between structure and function.”

WHO adds that

“This holistic approach (…) is based on the concept that the human being is a dynamic functional unit, in which all parts are interconnected.’ (N.D.L.R.).


The OQ association defines this approach in a way that fits perfectly with the WHO definition, with slightly different words.


They describe this therapist as a “watchmaker” of the human body.

soin osteo femme


About what guides the osteopath’s hand in the practice of his art, Rollin Becker, DO says:

“Only the fabrics know.”

And WG Sutherland, DO adds that the hand listens to these fabrics through

“fingers capable of feeling, thinking, seeing”


Whoever experiments with this alternative medicine for the first time quickly discovers that the osteopath detects by observation and palpation the cause of imbalances and pains, that he treats them by manipulations, often very gentle, sometimes more dynamic, and that on occasion he makes interrelations … Surprising.

So he can, for example;

Release deep tension in the liver of which the patient was not aware. This relieves the pain in the right shoulder for which the patient was consulting, while no accident had affected this shoulder…

Work near the client’s collarbones or neck, and then his jaw no longer cracks, or his headaches stop, without the therapist having touched the head or jaw…

Unblock a foot, which has not had any pain for years, and 2 days later, the patient no longer has back pain, which he has been dragging for a year. … He couldn’t think about his old ankle sprain anymore. And even less than after 10 years his back could suffer.

That’s what osteopathy is!

grands principes osteopathie


Major principles inherent in the understanding of living organisms inform and guide the osteopathic approach. They are known from ancient medicines, and are universal. Here are a few:

  • The human body is a whole, not an addition of parts;
  • Structure governs function;
  • The role of the artery (and all the “roads” of the body, such as nerves, energy circuits, etc.) is paramount;
  • The body is endowed with the ability to self-heal (homeostasis).

To give just one example, this last principle is illustrated by the fact that the osteopath does not try to be more cunning than the great Intelligence of the Living. It does not introduce into the body synthetic molecules manufactured by industry to solve a health problem.

It will rather rely on the body’s self-regulatory abilities, energizing, unlocking, and stimulating them. All the Pharmacy of Nature that the body needs to function is there, accessible to the body’s homeostasis mechanisms, if they are not hindered.

Other professionals prescribe or sell medications. And sometimes it’s useful or necessary. But this is not the role of the osteopath.


The definition of osteopathy: Effectively treat a large number of health problems. Medicine for all, without side effects, and safe. Natural alternative. Holistic and manual care.

People from Longueuil, Brossard, Boucherville, St-Hubert or Mont St-Bruno who do not have the experience and are looking for who to consult, will ask for advice. No matter the time, if the patient’s condition requires it, the osteopath will know which other health professional to refer him to.

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395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774


395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774


395 Maple Avenue, Saint-Lambert, QC, J4P-2S5

(514) 382-4774

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