Melanie Da Costa
Katherine has been practicing Osteopathy since 2008. After studying many areas of manual therapy Katherine happened on osteopathy as a way to successfully treat digestive health and the rest as they say is history. Katherine studied at the Osteopathic College of Ontario with Dr Steven Sanet, one of the first Osteopathic physicians to train regulated healthcare professionals in Ontario Osteopathy has been practiced since the early 1900’s founded by A.T. Still the American model of Osteopathy has been modified all around the world for non-physician practitioners and is practiced here in Ontario as such. Osteopathic approach to manual therapy is of finding, fixing and leaving areas of contention; this allows the body to reset and injuries to heal. These principles are applied with rehabilitation approaches to injuries, for systemic disruptions and maintenance of good health.
Katherine has much experience with digestive health issues as well as a special interest in women’s health and pediatrics. Katherine has joined the KIH team to provide integrative health approaches for clients as collaboration provides more efficient recoveries.
Katherine is an Osteopathic member in good standings with both The Society of Osteopaths of Canada (Ontario Division) and The Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals. In addition to owning and operating her own private clinic, Body Vive Integrative Therapies located in Woodbridge, Katherine is continuously pursuing continuing education courses in her field. Katherine is also an experienced and well-respected instructor and course leader with the Osteopathic College of Ontario.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Presenting complaint will be discussed during the initial stages of the first visit. A complete medical history will then be taken, reviewed, discussed and recorded.
A comprehensive full body manual diagnosis will be done to assess for somatic dysfunctions.
The patient will receive an Osteopathic treatment of the body in its totality with the use of a multitude of Osteopathic therapeutic approaches.
A treatment plan will be set forth to improve the overall health and wellness of the patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Osteopathy is a profession that uses manual diagnosis and manual treatment modalities that are based upon the principles defined by the founder of Osteopathy, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. (OOA website)
Osteopathy defined by Dr. Still:
It is a scientific knowledge of anatomy and physiology in the hands of a person of intelligence and skill, who can apply that knowledge to the use of man when sick or wounded by strains, shocks, falls, or mechanical derangement or injury of any kind to the body. An up-to-date osteopath must have a masterful knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Curing diseases by skillful readjustment of the parts of the body that have been deranged by strains, falls, or any other cause that may have removed even a minute nerve from the normal, although not more than the thousandth of an inch. He sees cause in a slight anatomical deviation for the beginning of disease. (Andrew Taylor Still, 1902)
Osteopathy has a rich history beginning in the USA with Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. Dr. Still was a physician that realized basic fundamental principles were lacking in medical practice. After the death of his wife and children to illness, he embarked on a journey into functional anatomy and philosophy. After years of research and practice he coined the term Osteopathy and began teaching this new art and began teaching this new art and science in 1892 in Kirksville, Missouri, USA at the American School of Osteopathy. The fundamental principles that he used to found Osteopathy are (CAO-HHS):
- The body is a complete unit (mind, body, and spirit)
- Structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are interrelated on all levels
- The body is self healing and self regulating
- Rational treatment is based upon these principles
A: Osteopaths are educated and trained to work exclusively without the use of drugs or surgery by using manual methods for diagnosis and treatment. This is the predominant method of education worldwide outside of the USA and it is what is currently present in Canada. An Osteopath in this context is different from an Osteopathic physician. (OOA website)
A:Osteopathic physicians are educated in schools of Osteopathic Medicine and are licensed and credentialed to an unrestricted scope of medical practice in the USA. This is the only country in the world offering a recognized medical degree in Osteopathic medicine. Most of these practitioners work in medical settings in much the same way as an M.D. does, practicing in almost all medical specialties. Additionally, these practitioners may be eligible for medical licensing in many countries outside the USA. (OOA website)
A:Osteopaths have extensive education in all divisions of the human health sciences, Osteopathic philosophy, diagnosis, and manual treatment. The academic rigor is similar to those who hold medical degrees; however, the subjects are in keeping with the philosophy, science, and applications of Osteopathy. The format in which this occurs may vary, but the core content and competencies as required by the OOA are as follows:
Basic human science - Clinical science
- Osteopathic science
- Osteopathic clinical skills
- Osteopathic manual treatment skills
- Practical supervised clinical experience
I am currently attending the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and Holistic Health Sciences (CAO-HHS) in Hamilton, Ontario. The CAO-HHS is associated with world renown associations and partners. They include the Ontario Osteopathic Association, the Institute of Classical Osteopathy, the European Institute of Classical Osteopathy, and the Association of Classical Osteopathy of Japan. I am currently a student member of the OOA (www.ontarioosteopaths.ca).