Denis Chalifour, massage therapist in Montreal.


Osteopathy aims at improving the situation of the various mechanisms of the human body. It rests on the fact that the body has the power to cure by itself.

At once art, science and technique, the osteopathy has its specificities and an original approach. Practised from now on 125 years, the osteopathy own its place in our health system.

It is a real coverage in coordination with the other fields of health intervention. That is why the persons practising the osteopathy have to master the field of intervention integrated with other therapies for security and effective interventions.

Andrew Taylor Still was the founder of the osteopathy. His goal was to make known this alternative medicine in all those who had the sincere desire to practise it, to promote it and to develop it. He founded the first school of osteopathy in 1892.


What are the tasks of an osteopath?

The osteopath is a specialist of the natural health which, estimates and looks by strictly manual techniques the causes of dysfonctions.

He aims at restoring the global unity of the body to protect the functional balance of the person.

The osteopath questions, examines, argues from his anatomy mechanical knowledge. The more information he collect in touch with the lesion, the more he will be capable of establishing a protocol of precise treatments. The importance of the cross-examination will be determining because the located pain is often not the primary cause of the lesion that causes the pain.

The osteopath is capable of collaborating with a multidisciplinary team and when he has a doubt on a possible pathology, or when this one is not dependent on the osteopathic art, he refers to the doctor, to the surgeon or to the most appropriate therapist.

Osteopathy is, without a doubt, a useful, very often indispensable link, in the intelligent complementarity of several other alternative medicines and the allopathic medicine. It is in all likelihood one of reasons why the therapists and the doctors of various specialities, refer some of their patients.

Therapeutic techniques of the osteopath

There is only one osteopathy, but there are numerous osteopathics approaches, they were traditionally grouped in 4 main techniques but none of them would exist by itself.


The articular technics, vertebral or peripheral , as their names point it out, are specifically interested in the physiology and in the functioning of the joints, which objective is to standardize their functioning.


The visceral techniques work according to certain appropriate characteristics for the visceral sphere, the corrections aim at restoring any modified organ in its function or its position.


The cranial techniques are interested in the centres of intellectual regulations and neuro-vegetative by equilibration  techniques of the cranial rhythm, the diaphragms and the cranial membranes.


The techniques of  fascias are interested in the equilibration of the mechanical tensions of the tissues and the energization of fluid elements, neurological, hormonal, electrolytic and energy.