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About Osteopathy Methodology


A strong emphasis of the Canadian College of Osteopathy is Clinical Methodology.
Through extensive training and experience, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner understands that the site of the patient's complaints may not correspond to the site of the cause, or causes, of these complaints. In addition, many people have had multiple overlapping injuries and conditions. In response to these common conditions, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner assesses and treats the whole patient. The Osteopathic Manual Practitioner considers the whole patient, recognizing that each individual has mental, emotional, and physical conditions.
The Clinical Methodology presented at the CCO provides a prioritized plan by which the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner first assesses and then treats the patient, following a methodical sequence. This sequence—including determining and treating the most severe problems first—is a highly effective way of liberating an area of the body, whose release then provides a cascading effect of other releases throughout the body.
By using a precise methodology, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is able to achieve the maximum change in the patient with the minimum amount of treatment. More importantly, choosing the appropriate area in which to begin the treatment minimizes the adverse effects of treatment soreness. Treatment soreness refers to a situation in which the patient feels worse after treatment than before. It is often caused by treating the symptoms before the cause of the symptoms is addressed.
As the ancient medical precept of Hippocrates goes, “First do no harm” ( Primum non nocere ).