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Contact: Joshua Kerr, OIA Secretariat 27 Feb 2014 +1.312.202.8196

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Osteopathy and osteopathic medicine make a significant healthcare contribution 

Osteopathy and osteopathic medicine are making a significant contribution to global healthcare with the osteopathic profession now established in over 50 countries, according to a new report released by the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) at its annual conference in Austin, Texas on 12 January 2014

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a safe and effective approach to health care which works in combination with the individuals own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore homeostasis and optimal health. It understands the relationship between structure and function within the body and that all aspects of the body must work together to maintain health.

How can Osteopathy play a role in health care in BC and whom can it help?

Osteopathy forms a very useful adjunct to health care options already on offer in British Columbia. Results with chronic pain scenarios, for just one example, happen more quickly than with most other approaches, proving to be less painful and less arduous for the patient - and are much more cost effective.

Osteopathy is concerned with the restoration of the structure and function of the human body using 'hands-on' techniques, often referred to as Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy.

Osteopathic Presence at the Olympic Games

As we approach the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, 27 July - 12 August, the osteopathic profession continues to have an impact on the Olympics. Osteopathic physicians and osteopaths have lent their skills to athletes from around the world for more than 100 years and will continue to do so at the London Games.

More than 100 osteopathic physicians and osteopaths have provided care to Olympians, serving as health care providers to individual athletes and teams leading up to and during the Games. Also for the first time 26 osteopaths have been selected to be part of the Central Medical Team in the Athlete's Village itself.

Osteopathy Volunteer opportunity in Nepal

Title: Osteopathy Volunteer Programme

Location: Lalitpur district, Kathmandu, Nepal

Purpose: The osteopathy volunteer will provide osteopathic services to women living in a shelter and those working in the entertainment sector in Kathmandu, Nepal. She will provide physical care to women who have suffered gender-based violence, particularly in situations of sexual exploitation.


  • Provide osteopathy services to young women of various ages who have dealt with varying experiences of gender-based trauma
  •  Train shelter staff and volunteers in osteopathy so that they can continue to use it as a recovery method in the future


A Comparison of Selected Osteopathic Treatment and Relaxation for Tension–Type Headaches


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to compare the effects of osteopathic treatment and progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) exercises on patients with tension-type headache (TTH).

BACKGROUND: Relaxation is generally accepted as a treatment for TTH. Osteopathy is considered by some practitioners to be useful for headache management but there is limited scientific evidence regarding the effectiveness. This study compares relaxation and relaxation plus selected osteopathic techniques in the treatment of people with TTH.