Col­lège d’Études Ostéopathiques

En­hanc­ing your per­sonal prac­tice to ben­e­fit clients

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Phys­io­ther­apy was Wendy Jar­dine’s first pro­fes­sion, and though she still works in the field four days a week, she saw the op­por­tu­nity to in­crease her ac­cred­i­ta­tions by adding os­teopa­thy to her prac­tice through the Col­lège d’Études Osthéopathiques (CEO — Os­teo­pathic Stud­ies). One of the perks of the part-time Os­teopa­thy Man­ual Prac­tice Di­ploma at the CEO is that Jar­dine could en­hance her own pro­fes­sion with os­teopa­thy, in­stead of hav­ing to drop it for a new prac­tice.

Health­care prac­ti­tion­ers study at the CEO to ex­pand their ex­ist­ing skills and to see what they can add onto their prac­tice to ben­e­fit their clients. Jar­dine came into the pro­gram with prior knowl­edge in biome­chan­ics, anatomy and other over­lap­ping in­for­ma­tion, but felt that the CEO’s Tra­di­tional Os­teopa­thy pro­gram ex­panded her treat­ment abil­i­ties. “The chal­lenge for me was be­com­ing as gen­tle as I could with my tech­nique,” Jar­dine says, adding that the em­pha­sis with os­teopa­thy is on us­ing gen­tle tech­niques to ef­fect and treat the body as a whole.

With os­teopa­thy, there is an em­pha­sis on the vis­ceral sys­tem and the fas­cia that sur­rounds the or­gans. The fas­cia lines all of your struc­tures: all of the or­gans, mus­cles, nerves and blood ves­sels. Jar­dine ex­plains it like a t-shirt — the cloth­ing that you wear should be mov­ing with you. But if your t-shirt is tucked in one spot, it will pull and be too tight in an­other.

“It needs to be free-flow­ing, and that’s what we as os­teopaths work with. If you have arthri­tis, we can loosen and un­load all the tis­sue ten­sion around the joints.” This is the same for si­nus prob­lems, knee pain or di­ges­tive is­sues – it can all be linked. Os­teopaths iden­tify these re­stric­tions that af­fect func­tion, both lo­cal and at a dis­tance from the symp­to­matic area.

A lot of what an os­teo­pathic prac­ti­tioner does is about know­ing how to ex­am­ine the whole body, to look for the cause of the pre­sent­ing symp­toms, and ob­serve the body’s in­ter­re­la­tion­ships with the symp­toms. “It was some­thing I en­joyed work­ing on: un­der­stand­ing and feel­ing how gen­tle tech­niques have the abil­ity to make a dif­fer­ence and im­prove mo­bil­ity and pain,” says Jar­dine. “It was ex­cit­ing for me to be able to learn new and more ef­fec­tive tech­niques.”

The pro­gram took five-years, plus the re­search study por­tion. But Jar­dine says it is well worth the time and com­mit­ment. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 2010, she re­mained heav­ily in­volved with the Col­lege as a clin­i­cal su­per­vi­sor, and she re­cently ac­cepted the po­si­tion of prin­ci­pal of the Hal­i­fax cam­pus.

The CEO os­teo­pathic stud­ies pro­gram is pa­tient-cen­tered. Os­teo­pathic prin­ci­ples, along with a strong foun­da­tion of knowl­edge, method­ol­ogy and guided prac­ti­cal ses­sions, pro­mote op­ti­mal pa­tient care. CEO os­teo­pathic stud­ies al­lows stu­dents upon grad­u­a­tion to meet the aca­demic cre­den­tials re­quired by the Nova Sco­tia As­so­ci­a­tion of Os­teopaths (NSAO). The NSAO is recog­nised by in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, and its mem­bers re­ceive billing priv­i­leges. Across the coun­try there are nu­mer­ous os­teo­pathic part-time study pro­grams. Stu­dents must do their home­work when they are look­ing at pro­grams to en­sure the length of the pro­gram and stan­dards meet their long-term goals.

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