Osteopathy is a complementary health service that uses manual therapy to assess and treat restrictions, tension and pain in the body.
Founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874, osteopathy is based on removing the causes of symptoms, which can be far removed from the symptom(s) itself. Through studying the interconnectedness of the body, a practitioner approaches the whole person with a highly trained sense of touch and other tests to identify and treat restrictions and imbalances. By removing these restrictions the body’s innate self-healing ability resumes.
Osteopathy involves many different types of soft tissue and joint manipulation including myofascial therapies, muscle energy techniques and cranial osteopathy.
Maxine Jeffrey has her diploma in osteopathy. Her thesis was in GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease), however she treats all conditions and populations. She is a member in good standing with Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO), she is awaiting approval from her membership application with Ontario Association of Osteopaths (OAO)
Steve Brophy is a massage therapist with TAHC. He is currently studying osteopathy and is in his third year of study. He plans to complete his DOMT status by June 2024 and he incorporates osteopathic techniques into his manual practice.
NOVA SCOTIA ASSOCIATION OF OSTEOPATHS (MANUAL PRACTICE)
- I am a member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO)
- As a member of the NSAO, I am not an osteopathic physician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO, formally Doctor of Osteopathy), nor do I practice Osteopathic Medicine
- 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)