After a decade of high level rugby, I was finally treated for the first time in osteopathy in the summer of 2014. As you can imagine, my body was a wasteland of old bumps and bruises. But I was used to it. Now, after being on the receiving end of many osteopathic treatments, my body feels better than ever. My old injuries finally are healing as they should have.
I think our light can only be found in dark places. After earning a BSc in Nutrition at McGill, I had yet to find a path I could really get excited about. I decided to spend the summer working on the family farm and throwing my all into rugby, where I was looking to get back into playing at a high level after some early success. However, I had been having some difficulty after getting a second concussion which ended my University rugby career a couple of games too early. It was during that summer that I discovered osteopathy, helping improve post concussions symptoms I had been having for months, on top of all the other bumps and bruises that had been piling up over the years. Throughout my long athletic career, I have been fortunate to have been followed by excellent therapists, experts in their respective fields, however, none have caused the impact osteopathy has had on my body and overall well being.
After this my search for Osteopathic education began, where I discovered the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, the school that took up almost all of my time for the next 4 years. It was there I was first shown the impact a treatment can have on any condition. Not only improving outcomes but completely eliminating problems. Even as a student we were treating and seeing vast improvements in people who had been trying to recover for years.
What sells osteopathy for me is when a person walks in with no to little expectation that they can be helped in any way. They’re in dire straits, and somehow, with properly applied treatments, their world changes. They regain motion, regain hope, and regain their chance at doing the little things in life that make it complete. Whether that’s just getting out of bed in the morning, playing with their kids or extending their sporting career. Osteopathy has done much for me in giving my life a purpose, something I can work everyday at, improve and never get tired of it. Seeing the impact it can have in other people’s lives only pushes me onward through increasingly difficult cases.