Classical Osteopathy stays true to the founding principles of the profession. The theory and application of these principles are at the root of all diagnoses and treatment. Skill is honed from a mastery of principles, not a memorization of techniques or adjustments. The classical osteopath is trained to treat conditions ranging from pain to organ dysfunction based on their in depth understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and how they relate to osteopathic principles.
Classical osteopathy means original – true to the roots – and the roots of osteopathy are based in principles. Osteopathic treatment without the application of principles it is simply not osteopathy. It’s just manual technique for different parts of the body and can’t be distinguished from any other form of manual therapy. It’s about the principles, rather than memorizing techniques. An understanding of the principles allows the practitioner to be innovative, and customize ways of treating based on the patient in the moment.
What does Osteopathy treat?
All osteopathy reverts back to Nerve, Artery, Vein, Lymphatic. These are the pathways of communication and health & wellness. While the scope of osteopathic treatment is not limited, there are many common health problems that Manual Osteopathic Practitioners commonly treat:
Aches of the back, head, neck, and feet. Tennis elbow, shin splints, sciatica, and repetitive strain injuries have also been quite common. Patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, postural problems, digestive problems, arthritis, and/or asthma have found improvements in health by using osteopathy. Manual Osteopathic Practitioners regularly see patients that have been injured from work, home, or as a result of sports.
Pain commonly inhibits of sleep, patients have often experienced better sleep after osteopathic treatments. Poor sleeping patterns and habits can inhibit the body’s natural functions which can lead to aggravated psychosomatic illnesses. (From the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy Website).
ABOUT SANDY ANTUNES, M.OMSc.
Sandy’s patients range from infants to seniors, aspiring for a healthy and balanced life. She approaches her practice with great passion and drive, and welcomes the challenge of assisting her patients in working towards their health and wellness goals. Sandy has a lifelong commitment to learning and improving her knowledge and skills. She takes special interest in developing corporate health and wellness programs and, identifying and addressing the underlying cause of the patient’s condition.
With 20 years of hands on experience Sandy has evolved her professional career from Shiatsu therapy into Osteopathy in the last 10. As well as running her own successful practice, and serving as a highly respected Anatomy and Physiology teacher, she is now an international lecturer for the Institute of Classical Osteopathy.
Graduating from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy & Holistic Health Sciences, with a Diploma in Osteopathic Manipulative Theory and Practice in 2008, she went on to complete her Master Osteopathic Manipulative Science education. Sandy is a member of the Registry of Osteopaths, the Ontario Osteopathic Association, the Institute of Classical Osteopathy and the Shiatsu Diffusion Society.