Osteopathy is a natural and gentle hands-on therapy that treats the individual as an integrated whole. Its aim is to restore balance and function not only to the joints and to the spine, but also to organs and neurological tissues. These hands-on techniques are performed after years of professional training and clinical practice.
Our Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
AIDAN COSTELLO-TOFT, M.OMSC
BSc in Human Kinetics Honours (Kinesiology), University of Guelph
Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (Honours), National Academy of Osteopathy, Toronto
A lifetime of involvement in contact and combat sports triggered my passion for the art and science of pain therapy and injury rehabilitation. My desire to help others relieve pain and dysfunction convinced me to pursue a BSc in Human Kinetics (Kinesiology) at the University of Guelph. Through their world-leading anatomy program, I acquired over 100 hours of experience performing human dissection in the cadaver lab. This hands-on training has provided me with a deep understanding of the natural anatomical variations between people, and during this time, I discovered Manual Osteopathy and its unique approach to manual therapy. The extensive knowledge I gained at Guelph in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics was put to the test at the National Academy of Osteopathy (Toronto), where I learned how Manual Osteopathy’s holistic approach promotes the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. I continue to expand my knowledge and skills base with additional training and personal study.
Manual Osteopathy is a gentle form of manual therapy (both active and passive) used in the treatment of a variety of injuries and symptoms. The Osteopathic philosophy is a holistic approach to health care that promotes the body’s ability to heal and regulate itself. The techniques are safe, drug-free, non-invasive and include procedures for treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction (such as, mobilizations, muscle energy techniques, therapeutic exercise, and soft tissue therapy), as well as procedures for addressing lymph drainage, craniosacral dysfunction, and visceral mobility/motility. Manual Osteopaths combine these techniques to design a treatment plan specific to the needs of each patient.
Examples of conditions (not limited to) that manual osteopathy assists in treating:
- Sports Injuries
- Chronic Pain
- Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain/Whiplash
- Sciatica/SI Joint Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Insomnia/Sleep Difficulties
- TMJ/Jaw Pain
- Digestive Problems – Irritable Bowel/Constipation/Bloating
- Post-Concussion Syndrome