THE BEGINNINGS OF OSTEOPATHY IN QUÉBEC.

It all started in the winter of 1977.

At the time, we found five health professionals and students at a holistic medicine symposium given at the Edgar Cayce Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona.

For us five, our meeting with the osteopaths present at this symposium was love at first sight. This is what we wanted to practice: A careful medical approach, with manual sensitivity and research-driven causes of diseases.

Back in Montreal, in the same winter, we organized the first osteopathy conferences with

Philippe Druelle D.O., a French osteopath.

Next September, we are at our third conference, and there were already a significant and growing number of registrations at our meetings. The CEO, then Circle of Osteopathic Studies quickly became a school, the College of Osteopathic Studies, now world-renowned!

And Philippe Druelle, "our lecturer", became and still is the figurehead of osteopathy in Quebec, with a fame and international recognition ever growing.

It was in 1986 that the first graduates of Quebec graduated. I was lucky to be in the very first promotion: six years of study and a clinical or final thesis completed.

Today, this school, the CEO, or College of Osteopathic Studies, the first and founder, is by far the most important school in osteopathy in Quebec, the most recognized and also the most credible in admission criteria and the quality of its teaching.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy as defined by WIKIPEDIA:

"Osteopathy is an unconventional therapeutic approach based on the idea that manual manipulations of the musculoskeletal and myofascial system can alleviate certain functional disorders.

Osteopathy was founded on June 22, 1874 by American physician Andrew Taylor Still (1828-1917), and is based on manual techniques aimed at preserving or restoring the mobility of the various structures of the body. A therapeutic method with a preventive and curative aim, it is based on the idea that any loss of natural mobility of the organs relative to each other appears in the muscles, tendons, viscera, skull or envelopes (fascia) and induces malfunctions.

Osteopathy as a medical approach is recognized in several countries around the world, for example in the USA, several provinces in Canada and dozens of other countries in Europe and elsewhere. "

In the USA, the cradle of this medicine, osteopathy enjoys complete professional recognition. The osteopaths, D.O., are recognized as doctors in their own right (Osteopaths make prescriptions, surgeries, deliveries, etc.). Several also deplore this fact, explaining that the very essence of osteopathy has been lost. Indeed, for some, American osteopaths practice an allopathic medicine, based mainly on the prescription of drugs! The careful, cause-based approach would then have been somewhat lost.

The approach advocated and taught to the CEO is primarily manual and sensory.

"Osteopathy is a natural medicine, an art based on precise palpatory acts. These acts aim to free the various tissues of the body from their restrictions so that they perform their natural functions. "

The teaching of osteopathy served at the College of Osteopathy of Montreal (CEO) respects the very first philosophy of osteopathy as advocated by its founder, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still.

RESEARCH PAPER

At the end of our six years of studies in osteopathy, we had to present a research paper.

I had experience and advanced knowledge in electronics, and with my brother Gaston, a truly outstanding electronics technician, we worked with him and me for two years to develop the first electronic device capable of detecting primary respiratory movement (MRP). It detects a movement as thin as 8 / 100,000 of an inch and at a frequency as low as 1 hertz.

The challenge was size: an extremely low amplitude, at a very low frequency ... up to a minute cycle.

The MRP is a very fine movement of the bones of the skull, which is distributed throughout the body like a wave. It is the basic movement in sensory osteopathy.

This fine mobility had never been proved as a real movement of the bones of the skull ... and this is what our apparatus did: to prove that it is indeed a real physical movement of the bones of the skull ... and thus detectable. We were in 1986. I got my D.O.

Subsequently, in 1987, I refined this apparatus, by personal challenge, to the point of being able easily and in a few minutes, to draw a graph of this movement, detected on the temporal bone.

Using several detectors and sensors, the device thus made five distinct tracings: a first one of respiration, another of heart rate, crude cranial movement, cranial movement detected manually and finally movement of the bones of the skull, (MRP) filtered, ie free of respiratory and cardiac biases.

Thanks to the modified and adapted plotter on this device, we produced and distributed MRP posters that were a world first and made the world tour!