2016 International Osteopathic Healthcare Week 

Published Apr 20, 2016

For the second year in a row, Osteopathy BC will be part of a worldwide celebration of Osteopathy. The 2016 International Osteopathic Healthcare Week is focused on expanding awareness of our profession, which is practiced around the globe.

IOHW 2016 is spearheaded by the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA), which is the primary international organization, entrusted by the osteopathic profession, to work for global osteopathic unity and to advocate for high quality osteopathic healthcare.

The OIA advances the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy worldwide, through its more than seventy-five organizational members representing more than 110,000 osteopathic practitioners through institutions in thirty countries on five continents.

Osteopathy is a safe and effective patient centred manual therapy, which works in combination with the individuals own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore balance and optimal health. All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.

To learn more about how Osteopathy can help you, reach out to a local osteopathic practitioner to learn more. To find an osteopathic practitioner in your area, visit http://osteopathybc.ca/members/map.

IOHW 2016 will run from April 17th – 23rd, 2016, and members of Osteopathy BC are running a 10-day social media campaign. Our goals with this campaign are to:

  • Raise awareness of Osteopathy in BC and around the world
  • Participate in a global event of our profession
  • Be a leader amongst Osteopathy associations within Canada and around the world
  • Promote the practice of Osteopathy to the general public, government bodies, other healthcare professionals, our patients, friends and followers

We encourage you to “like” and “follow” our Facebook and Twitter feeds at:

Search for the hashtags #OsteopathyBC, #Osteopathy, and #IOHW2016 to see what topics are trending.

Learn About The Benefits of Osteopathy 

Published Apr 22, 2015

International Osteopathic Healthcare Week 

Published Apr 12, 2015

Members of Osteopathy BC (the Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy) are proud to be celebrating International Osteopathic Healthcare Week. From April 19th – 25th, 2015 we aim to raise awareness about our profession in order to encourage more people to experience the benefits of osteopathy.
This is an exciting time for osteopathic practitioners because we are part of a growing professional community across the globe. The International Osteopathic Healthcare Week is lead by the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA), which represents more than 75 organizations from 30 countries on 5 continents and more than 120,000 osteopathic practitioners. Osteopathy BC is honoured to be a part of this worldwide network.
Members of Osteopathy BC will be raising awareness of the safe and effective benefits of osteopathy through a variety of ways.
Our online awareness campaign includes:

  • Posting daily educational, informative, and inspiring messages and graphics on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Our Facebook campaign is aimed at sharing how osteopathic practitioners have a unique approach to healthcare.
    • Our Twitter campaign is focused on the benefits that patients experience from osteopathic treatments.
  • New profile image of our new logo for Osteopathy BC
  • New profile banner and graphic about Healthcare Week
  • Search for the hashtags #OsteopathyBC, #Osteopathy, and ##IOHW2015 to see what topics are trending.

Our in-person awareness campaign includes:

  • A mini-poster to be given to all patients and clients, and distributed amongst the community. This poster is called “Reasons To Choose Osteopathy”, and shares all the benefits patients receive from treatment.
  • A tent-card to be displayed in practitioners’ offices. This tent card explains “What Makes Osteopathy So Effective.”
  • Saying “thank-you” to our patients, clients, and community… that’s you!

We anticipate that our campaign will strengthen the relationships we have with our community. We hope it encourages existing patients to talk about osteopathy, and share their positive experiences with friends and family. Also, we invite people who are curious about osteopathy, and what it could do for their health, to call their local osteopathic practitioner and schedule a treatment.>/p>
For more information about International Osteopathic Healthcare Week, follow us at:
To find an osteopathic practitioner in your area, visit http://osteopathybc.ca/members/map.

Osteopathy Volunteer opportunity in Nepal 

Published Jul 04, 2014

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


· Must have a degree in osteopathic medicine

· Females only (as the environment of the shelter needs to be welcoming for the girls)

· Experience working with victims of gender-based violence preferred

· Flexibility is critical as this will likely differ significantly from any previous experiences in practicing osteopathy

We Provide:

· An orientation fit to your expectations, including trips to sites in Kathmandu and basic language lessons

· A language partner for the duration of your stay


· Lodging and food will be provided.

· Travel to/from Chhori will not be provided (i.e. airfare from UK to Nepal) and visa fees are not provided

· Although this is a volunteer programme, the cost of lodging and food requires that we charge a volunteer “donation” relative to the duration of the stay.

I appreciate any support you can provide.


Erin Byrne

Volunteer Coordinator


Osteopathic International Alliance Status Report Available 

Published Feb 27, 2014

Osteopathic International Alliance  142 E. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60611 USA

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


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.
The report – Osteopathy and Osteopathic Medicine – a Global View of Practice, Patients, Education and the Contribution to Healthcare Delivery – was commissioned by the OIA with consultation from the World Health Organization (WHO) as an initiative to document the growing significance of osteopathic healthcare worldwide. The WHO also contributed a foreword to the report.
The report is presented in four parts: the concept, history and spread of osteopathic healthcare; practitioners, patients and the scale of osteopathic practice; models of education and regulation; and efficacy, safety and cost-effectiveness. It brings together data from a range of international sources including a survey of international practice and a census of covering 33 countries.

  •   The opening chapter on concept, history and spread of osteopathic healthcare charts how the two different streams of the profession – osteopaths and osteopathic physicians – have emerged both working with a shared paradigm of osteopathic healthcare.
  •   The chapter on practitioners and patients identifies that there are now at least 87,000 osteopathic physicians and 43,000 osteopaths working in over fifty countries. It also identifies the continuing significant growth of both streams of the profession around the world. Data from an OIA practitioner survey, and other national surveys and research, identifies patient demographics, patient pathways, presenting health complaints, and treatment modalities for both osteopaths and osteopathic physicians.
  •   The chapter on models of education and training sets out the increasing depth and breadth of osteopathic education and training including the osteopathic physician model with full medical practice rights and the osteopath model with a growing move towards Master’s level educational qualifications. The chapter also explores the variety of current and emerging regulatory and recognition models around the world, including scope of practice and the maintenance of registration or licensure.
  •   The final chapter explores the evidence that exists for the efficacy, safety and cost effectiveness of osteopathic healthcare including the available evidence on the outcomes of osteopathic

Board Members:
Mr Michael Mulholland-Licht, Chair Dr Jane Carreiro, Vice-Chair
Dr Peter Ajluni, Secretary-Treasurer Dr William Burke
Ms Ana Paula Ferreira
Mr Charles Hunt
Dr Karen Nichols
Ms Marina Urquhart-Pullen
Dr Alain Wurtz

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techniques. The chapter concludes with the acknowledgement of the osteopathic profession that more research is needed.
Commenting on the launch of the report, Michael Mulholland-Licht, Chair of the OIA Board said:
“This report is the culmination of several years of work by the osteopathic profession to seek to demonstrate the profession’s international contribution to healthcare delivery. We hope by publishing such a wide-ranging report that national and international health policy makers will come to recognise the scale of osteopathic practice and the significant contribution it could make to health around the globe.”
Notes to editors:
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Contribution to Healthcare Delivery is available to download at www.oialliance.org

  1. The Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) is the international organisation representing national and international osteopathic bodies and their osteopath and osteopathic physician
    members worldwide. Its 71 members consist of professional associations, regulators, osteopathic
    schools and other osteopathic organisations.
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Osteopathic Presence at the Olympic Games 

Published Jul 27, 2012

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.
Members of the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) provide care for athletes and athletic teams from eight countries across North and South America, Europe and Australasia. Care is provided in more than forty different sports, from football to swimming, judo to figure skating, basketball and triathlons, as well as rhythm gymnastics, tennis, rowing and skiing, among many, many others.
In addition to providing medical care, many osteopaths and osteopathic physicians provide leadership on numerous Olympic committees providing oversight of operations, logistics and personnel. Athletes treated by osteopathic practitioners have most recently won medals in the 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games.
The OIA is the primary international organisation entrusted by the osteopathic profession to work for global osteopathic unity and to advocate for high quality osteopathic health care.
The OIA advances the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy worldwide, through its sixty-eight organizational members representing more than 110,000 osteopathic practitioners through institutions in twenty-seven countries on five continents.
Osteopathic medicine/osteopathy is a patient centered holistic approach to health care that recognizes the importance of the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathic physicians and osteopaths use palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs to support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health.
Learn more about the osteopathic profession and the OIA at www.oialliance.org.


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

Published Dec 20, 2011
Rosemary E. Anderson, BSc.PT, DO(MP): Caryn Seniscal, RMT, DO(MP)


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.

DESIGN: This was a single-blind, randomized, clinical study using an experimental design. Twenty-nine patients with TTH according to the International Headache Classification Subcommittee, 2004, were recruited for this study and randomly placed in either a control or experimental group. Both groups practiced PMR exercises at home while the experimental group also received 3 osteopathic treatments.

METHOD: All participants recorded headache frequency and intensity in a headache diary (HD) for 2 weeks pretreatment, and continued recording during the treatment period until reassessment for a total of 6 to 7 weeks. All tests of significance were set at P</= .05.

RESULTS: Twenty-six people completed the study. Results indicated that the number of Headache Free Days Per Week was significantly improved (P= .016) in the experimental group. Two other measures, the Headache Degree of Improvement (P= .075) and the HD rating (P= .059), which combine headache frequency and intensity, did not meet our criteria for statistical significance but both scores are <.10 indicating a trend toward improvement in the experimental group that is clinically significant. The HD Rating also showed that the experimental group improved 57.5%, while the control group improved 15.6%. The intensity of headache did not show a significant improvement (P= .264).

CONCLUSION: The people in this study who did relaxation exercises and received 3 osteopathy treatments had significantly more days per week without headache than those who did only relaxation exercises.

Osteopathy: The Structure of Your Body’s Pain 

Published Oct 19, 2011
Written by Deirdre Byrne and Caryn Seniscal, published on freshvancouver.com

The source of your symptoms may not be what you think

The word osteopathy originates from the two Greek words “osteone,” which means structure, and “pathos,” which means pain. Osteopathic treatment is based on the concept that the structure of the body affects how it will function and that it functions as a unified whole. In other words, if there is a problem or restriction in one part of the body, then all the other parts are affected in some way and often there is pain. Osteopathy uses gentle, manual techniques to release these restrictions so normal function can ensue and the pain is decreased or eliminated.

Dr. Andrew Taylor Still developed the concept of osteopathy. Discouraged with conventional medicine in 1864 after he lost four of his children to disease, he searched for a drugless, hands-on approach to medicine, which he named osteopathy.

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.

What is Osteopathy? 

Published Oct 14, 2011

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.
In practice an osteopathic practitioner will assess the whole body as a unit and not just the area that is causing symptoms. For example if you may complain of knee pain, the osteopathic practitioner will assess the function of the knee but also look for any compensations within the body that are a result or a cause of any dysfuntion in the knee.
Once the osteopathic practitioner has assessed the whole body they will use a combination of techniques such as joint articulation, myofascial release, visceral and cranial, as appropriate for each individual. The result is that the knee will have less stress placed upon it, allowing for healing and a decrease in pain, while also improving the functional biomechanics throughout the body which may improve that diffucult digestion and decrease those headaches that seemed to have nothing to do with the knee pain.