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Friday, March 23, 2018

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BMS Wellness is Burlington's premiere clinic dedicated to classical osteopathy. Osteopathy is a manual therapeutic modality developed in the late 1800's by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still was a traditional doctor of the time who had become disillusioned with the medical practices of the day and set about developing a diagnostic and treatment system that could stimulate the body to heal itself. Over the years, medical research has proven the immense value and benefits osteopathic treatments can provide. Osteopathy is a drugless, manual system of health care that recognizes the body's self-healing, self-regulating ability is rooted in a number of factors, including favourable environmental conditions both internal and external, adequate nutrition, good sleep patterns, regular exercise and good structural integrity. It utilizes generally accepted methods of diagnosis combined with osteopathic structural exams to facilitate accurate structural assessments that will guide the treatment process. Special emphasis is placed upon the importance of biomechanics, uses manipulative techniques to detect and correct faulty structural alignment, thereby enhancing function of the whole system. Regular treatments not only decrease chronic pain, but also maximize the neuroendocrine system's efficacy such that the body can more easily resist injury in the future, as well as is more apt to self-adjust should events trigger a flare-up of old injuries.


Osteopathy has evolved over time into two main sub-categories: classical osteopathy and what most people call osteopathy today. Classical osteopaths give great credence to the importance of good structural integrity, a balanced nervous system and strong, free fluid mechanics. While the manual techniques used in each approach are similar, the classical osteopath will always address the entire structure in every session, ensuring to assess the mechanics of every part of the spine and peripheral joints; both hard tissue and soft tissue lesions are treated during this process. This approach is grounded in the understanding that the body functions as a whole, and dysfunction in one part of the body will directly, or indirectly, impact every other part of the body via fascial pull, an imbalanced distribution of the forces going through the body during normal daily activities, as well as via impaired neural communication and fluid mechanics, thus creating a breeding ground for disease. The works of Dr. Still's protege, Dr. John Martin Littlejohn,along with Dr. Littlejohn's long-time student John Wernham, have kept classical osteopathy alive and as close to Dr. Still's original methods as possible. In Canada, these efforts are now being carried on by the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Sciences in Hamilton, Canada.


©Sarah Gagnon, classical osteopath serving Burlington!