CFO Update

The CFO is now a member of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research. The ISCMR  has an Osteopathy Special Interest Group (SIG) which is based in Canada. The CFO membership means that if you are a full or student member of a provincial association that is part of the CFO you can get reduced rates on a personal membership to the ISCMR, the SIG, and  any of their activities.

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.

Osteopathy: The Structure of Your Body’s Pain

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.