Friday 1 July 2011

Osteopathy and Canada Day

Happy Birthday Canada.  Today is the 1st of July, but it’s the 144th for Canada.  So on this special day, I take pride as a Canadian in all things Canadian- the Winter Olympics, ice hockey, Tim Horton’s and now Osteopathy.
In Canada, there are two streams of Osteopathy:  American-trained Osteopathic Physicians with full surgical and prescription rights, and International and Canadian-trained Osteopathic Practitioners.  Although this may cause some confusion, I believe we have more similarities than differences.  For example, even though as an Osteopathic Physician, they can treat like other doctors by prescribing drugs, I think the reason they took additional training to specialize as an Osteopath is to treat patients more holistically and use the same techniques our founder A.T. Still passed on over 100 years ago.  As an International-trained Osteopath, we specialize in these hands-on techniques, without prescribing drugs or surgery.
As Osteopaths, we all look at our patients similarly- as a unit of body, mind and spirit.  As Osteopaths, we all believe the body has a self-healing mechanism as long as we can guide it on the right path.  And as Osteopaths, we diagnose and treat our patients with this rational application of Osteopathic principles.
So thank you Canada for bringing this international talent of Osteopaths from the U.S., the U.K., Australia and right here in Canada together.  We have a multi-culture of Osteopaths like the many cultures in Canada.
Happy Canada everyone, and if you want to try Osteopathy, just call your nearest Osteopathic Practitioner and ask “Osteopathy, eh?”
Dickson Wong
Osteopathic Practitioner

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