Can Manual Osteopathy help Back Pain? Headaches?

What is Manual Osteopathy?


Manual Osteopathy is a gentle holistic form of hands-on therapy which facilitates healing by focusing on how the whole body functions as a unit, including the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs. Manual Osteopathic principles recognize the body has the potential to heal itself and provides a unique approach to treating the whole body.


Benefits of Manual Osteopathy include:

  • Effectively alleviates Acute and Chronic Pain conditions
  • Improves Mobility
  • Increased Blood Flow and Circulation
  • Dopamine, Oxytocin, Endorphins released to help decrease pain and increase pleasure
  • Helps relieve muscle spasms
  • Helps relieve any restrictions in bones, muscles and joints
  • Works as a natural Anti Inflammatory
  • Promotes overall health and general wellbeing


Manual Osteopathic Practitioners use the sensitive palpation of their hands to assess restrictions and strains, and provide manual treatment in order to decrease pain and improve function. Treatment utilizes manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization (stretching, massage, trigger point), myofascial release, muscle energy, positional release, joint mobilization, visceral release, and cranial osteopathy. Techniques aim to address the cause of dysfunction and facilitate the body to integrate changes. Lifestyle factors are also considered as potential contributors, including: diet, exercise, stress, occupation, and sleeping issues.


Manual Osteopathy is safe for people of all ages, from babies to the elderly. Manual Osteopathic Practitioners treat a wide range of conditions and problems including:

  • Back & neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pelvic imbalances
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Hip, knee, ankle & foot pain
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain
  • Sinus issues
  • Sports or work related injuries
  • Joint and muscle pain, sprains & strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Digestive, respiratory, menstrual problems
  • Postural issues
  • Pregnancy & post-partum related pain
  • Babies & children


With osteopathic treatment there is no single protocol that is applied to all patients or conditions. A patient-centered approach is taken that emphasizes collaboration between patient and practitioner; treatment plans are discussed then individualized, and may include exercises, stretches, postural correction and other advice.


Osteopathy and Back pain


Back pain will affect most people at some point in their life, whether mild or severe, acute or chronic. Common causes of back pain include trauma, such as a car accident or fall; heavy lifting, extensive sitting or standing; pregnancy and childbirth; digestive conditions such as constipation or irritable bowel; menstrual pain; dysfunction in the upper back, pelvis or lower limbs.

Other more serious causes include disc injury, fracture, tumour or infection. Manual Osteopaths are trained to differentiate between uncomplicated back pain, and pain that requires referral to your doctor.

Manual Osteopaths can help you develop a safe and effective treatment plan by improving joint mobility; reducing muscular tension, inflammation and nerve irritation; providing advice on posture, exercises, stretches and ergonomics at home or the workplace.


Osteopathy and Headaches


The most common type of headache originates from muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and upper back. Other causes of headache include sinus congestion, whiplash, stress, dysfunctional breathing, jaw imbalance, teeth grinding, poor posture and workplace ergonomics.

Osteopathy provides an effective approach for treatment by improving your general mobility, including the mobility of your ribs, thoracic and cervical spine; reducing muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation; providing advice on posture, breathing mechanics, exercise, stretching and workplace ergonomics to help prevent a recurrence of symptoms; and differentiating between headaches with common causes versus those due to something more serious. A Manual Osteopathic Practitioner will refer a person to a doctor if necessary.


Andy Aruvald is a Manual Osteopath and Bowen Therapist based in Collingwood Ontario in the Georgian Bay area. He is passionate about helping his clients understand their injuries or pain by explaining how osteopathy can get them moving and improve overall health and well-being.


To consult with Andy or book a session:


705 293-3882 Office

416 520-0691 Cell

19 Jun 2019