What is Osteopathy?

​Jason Brandow DOMP




Sudbury's Pain Specialist

Osteopathy is a healthcare approach that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. It is practiced in Canada, the USA, the European Union, and Australia. Osteopathy is not to be confused with osteopathic medicine in the United States. Osteopathic Practitioners in Canada use a manual, hands on approach to assess and treat patients, whereas osteopathic physicians from the United States are medical doctors who treat with pharmaceutical drugs and surgery.  Here in Ontario, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners work in cooperation with all medical doctors, naturopathic doctors, dentists, and physio therapists to maximize your recovery.  We are well recognized by all of the major extended health insurance plans and treatments are most often fully covered. 

In practice, this most commonly relates to musculoskeletal problems such as back and neck pain, but is not contained to these issues. Many patients are referred to Jason to treat everything from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and Asthma, to Gastric Reflux/Heartburn, as well as countless other chronic conditions. Osteopathic principles teach that treatment of the musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints), along with the viscera (organs and related tissues) and craniosacral system, stimulates the recuperative powers of the body to fight the disease or chronic issues on its own, without the use of pharmaceutical drugs.  If you feel that your body should be able to heal your condition, then Osteopathy can help!

What can be treated using osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a gentle, non-invasive therapeutic approach used to treat:

  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Athletic or work related strain injuries
  • Muscle or ligament strains, ankle, elbow, knee
  • Pregnancy and childbirth, post-partum depression/anxiety
  • Muscle tension headache independent or associated with migraine
  • Sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, Otitis media
  • Infant colic
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pneumonia, bronchitis
  • Gastric reflux/Heartburn
  • Anxiety
  • Vertigo