Osteopathy is considered a natural medicine which aims to restore the functions of the body by treating the main cause of imbalances and pain. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP) restores, maintains, improves and integrates the inter-related structures, systems and processes in order to improve the natural healing abilities of the body. With the use of methodical assessments and treatment plans, the OMP uses specific techniques to gently remove constrictions and restrictions within the body's tissues to reduce pain, swelling, strains, sprains and imbalances etc. in order to bring the body back into a state of balance and health.
The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874. The term "osteopathy" was coined by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO. Still was a physician and surgeon, Kansas state and territorial legislator, a free state leader, and one of the founders of Baker University, who lived near Baldwin City, Kansas at the time of the American Civil War. In Baldwin, he developed the practice of osteopathy.
Still named his new school of medicine "osteopathy," reasoning that "the bone, osteon, was the starting point from which [he] was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions." Still founded the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences) in Kirksville, Missouri, for the teaching of osteopathy on 10 May 1892. While the state of Missouri granted the right to award the MD degree, he remained dissatisfied with the limitations of conventional medicine and instead chose to retain the distinction of the DO degree.
Ashley's journey into the world of Osteopathy and health started when she was a young girl with a belief system that she could not articulate but knew in her heart - The body has the magic to heal itself. She found Osteopathy through a teacher at the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, where she became a Registered Massage Therapist in 2009 and found a language and philosophy that could articulate her beliefs. After 7 years of schooling, in 2015, Ashley graduated with honors from the Canadian College of Osteopathy after defending her thesis titled "The Effects of the Three Diaphragms on Low Frequency Oscillations as Measured by a Laser Doppler Flowmeter". She continues to evolve her practice in search of the truth of health and life through continuing education courses including (but not limited to), the Still Technique, Human Embryology - According to Blechschmidt with J.P. Hoppner, D.O., Complex Physiology with Max Girardin, D.O., and Osteopathy and Chronic Pain by Geneveive Forgot, D.O..
Ashley's path started to take shape when she trained in Classical Martial Arts, Karate and Tai Chi with the Canadian Martial Arts of Canada. Her training lead her to many opportunities including training with the Northern and Southern Shaolin Monks on an extended tour of China in 2007. She also participated in an Osteopathic mission to Peru in 2013 where she volunteered treating locals in need. Now she spends her time studying the human body, hiking with her Lab mix Starbuck and playing volleyball and golf.
Ashley's goal now is to continue to follow her passion of the study of the human body and Osteopathy and provide exemplary service to all of the Milton and surrounding community members. Her hope is to one day open a Family Osteopathic clinic with complimentary modalities to assist her clients while also travelling the world teaching the philosophies of health and Osteopathy.
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“Osteopathy is the knowledge of the structure, relation and function of each part of the human body applied to the correction of whatever interferes with its harmonious operation.” – George V. Webster, D.O., 1921