All manual therapies have merit but what are some of the differences -so you can pick the right service for you .

What is Manual Osteopathy?
Osteopathy (also called Manual Osteopathy), according to the Word Health Organization, relies on manual contact with techniques for assessment and treatment. It respects the relationship of body, mind, and spirit in health and disease; it lays emphasis on the structural and functional integrity of the body and the body’s intrinsic tendency for self- healing.

(DOMP)/ Manual Therapists use a wide variety of therapeutic manual techniques to improve physiological function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic (body framework) dysfunction, i.e. impaired or altered function of related components of the somatic system; skeletal, arthrodial and myofascial structures; and related vascular, lymphatic, and neural elements. They use their understanding of the relationship between structure and function to optimize the body’s self-regulating, self-healing capabilities.


This holistic approach to client care and healing is based on the concept that a human being is a dynamic functional unit, in which all parts are interrelated and which possess- es its own self-regulatory and self-healing mechanisms. One essential component of osteopathic health care is osteopathic manual therapy, typically called osteopathic manual treatment (OMT), which refers to an array of tissue mobilization techniques that may be combined with other treatments or advice, for example on diet, physical activity, and posture, or counseling.

This field is one of the fastest-growing health fields in Australia and the world alike. The number of people choosing to visit a manual osteopathy Practitioner for treatment has increased by 270% since 2012.
Manual Osteopathy Practitioners in Canada and the US do not offer a medical diagnosis, that is the domain of a medical doctor and are not registered with the College and Physicians and Surgeons in Canada; however, are an integral part of complementary health care, both in rural and metropolitan areas.
10 Things that most DOMP / Manual Therapists won’t do:

– They generally will not treat more than 1 patient at a time.

-Most Practitioners are health professionals from another field, kinesiology, nurse, massage therapist, doctor, etc., all compliant with the WHO standards, and focused training in assessments, techniques treatments and follow up that demands focused and extended time with the client.

– will use hands-on techniques, but special tools such as clicker guns, ultrasound and may use cold laser and or shock wave.

-will not just manipulate, and crack joints… they are gentler in joint and soft tissue techniques both indirect and direct treatment methods.

-They will use low velocity, and more/less force techniques gently encouraging the restoration of optimum somatic function.

-They will assist and design a complete program for aftercare and followup, but not put you on a long term treatment or payment plan.

-They will not spend less than 10 minutes with you.

-A manual therapist will complete a full assessment and post-treatment assessment and remedial exercise programming and nutritional counselling at each visit. You will leave with a complete wellness plan.

Although other practitioners may offer osteopathic techniques in their treatments, Manual Osteopathy Practitioners (DOMP) are specifically trained for properly assessing clients, utilizing and following up assessments and techniques with full scope nutrition and exercise planning.
When there is a situation in question, or out of the scope of practice, the client is asked to consult with their M.D.

In support of overall health and wellness, Turner Institute offers a wide variety of clinics, from our General, Associates and OnSite clinics, which are open to the general public and a wide variety of conditions and complaints, to specialty clinics designed specifically for adults, children, seniors and clients with sports injuries.

We also deliver a number of clinics and professional development courses – within the community, including Clinic and OnSite, providing disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups with access to Manual Therapy care.

Our Practice, Education and Training is based on the 5 main models of structure-function relationships, the basis of Manual Osteopathy/Manual Therapy, which include:
1) The biomechanical model views the body as integration of somatic components that relate as a mechanism for posture and balance.
2) The respiratory/circulatory model concerns itself with the maintenance of extracellular and intracellular environments through the unimpeded delivery of oxygen and nutrients and the removal of cellular waste products.
3) The neurological model considers the influence of spinal facilitation, proprioceptive function, the autonomic nervous system and activity of nociceptors (pain fibers) on the function of the neuroendocrine-immune network.
4) The psychosocial model recognizes the various reactions and psychological stresses which can affect patients’ health and well-being.
5) The bioenergetic model recognizes that the body seeks to maintain a balance between energy production, distribution, and expenditure.
Our clients, their health and wellness goals are the basis and focus of what we do as Manual Therapists. We value the relationship we have with each of our clients and ensure that we have the time to truly understand their health-related challenges and the unique combinations of their concerns, lifestyle, medical history, and health goals.
We understand that physical problems can be caused by emotional stress and strain, and we work with each individual to help find the source of the issue and create a treatment plan to meet their goals. Together we create…

“Innovative Solutions for a Healthier and Improved Quality of Life”