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All About Manual Osteopathic Therapy


Manual Osteopathic therapy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the manual manipulation of the musculoskeletal system to promote overall health and well-being. Manual osteopathic therapists (MOT-D) use their hands to treat, and prevent a wide range of health problems. Manual osteopathic therapy is based on several principles, including:

  • The body's self-healing ability: MOT-Ds believe that the body has an innate ability to heal itself, and their role is to facilitate and support this natural healing process.

  • The interconnectedness of the body: Manual osteopathy emphasizes the interrelationship between the body's various systems, including the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems. It is believed that imbalances in one area can affect other parts of the body.

  • The importance of structure and function: MOT-Ds assess and treat the structure of the body, such as bones, muscles, ligaments, and fascia, with the understanding that the structure of the body influences its function. By manipulating the musculoskeletal system, they aim to improve overall body function.

Manual osteopathic therapy involves hands-on techniques, such as joint manipulation, stretching, and massage, to correct structural imbalances, relieve pain, and promote overall health. They use their hands to palpate for areas of tension, restriction, or misalignment in the body and then apply specific manual techniques to address these issues.


Conditions that manual osteopathic therapy may be used to treat include musculoskeletal pain (e.g., back pain, neck pain), headaches, sports injuries, and various other health issues. Osteopathic treatment may also be utilized as a complementary approach to conventional medical care.


It's important to note that there are different approaches to manual osteopathic therapy, and the scope of practice may vary by clinic and the training of the practitioner. At Arnica Therapeutic, Diana is recognized by the WHO as a type 2 MOT-D. This means that she received an accelerated diploma based on previous education. In her case, it was her background in Kinesiology and Massage Therapy that allowed her to complete an accelerated program.


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