In 1864, despite being a medical doctor with extensive training, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still watched helplessly as a meningitis epidemic caused the loss of three of his daughters. Dr. Still began looking for a new medical model – a safe, effective way to treat patients. He dedicated the next 10 years of his life to studying health and disease from the context of human anatomy and physiology.


Still discovered that an educated, experienced and precise sense of touch (palpation) could detect and treat many disorders and dysfunctions in the body. Combining this sense of touch with rigorous anatomical training, Dr. Still began to notice remarkable improvements in his clients. Modern osteopathy is based on Dr. Still’s original concepts. Osteopathy is a well-known and accepted medical discipline in many parts of the world, including the UK, Europe, Australia, Russia, and the USA.

In 1992, the first manual osteopathic college opened in Ontario (CCO). The profession is growing exponentially in the province, as there are now hundreds of practitioners in the province of Ontario.

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