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Fall into Historical Wellness: November Newsletter from Level Osteopathy

Welcome to the November edition of the Level Osteopathy newsletter! As the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp, we find ourselves embracing the beauty of the autumn season. This month, we invite you to join us on a journey through the fascinating history of osteopathy, a holistic approach to healthcare that has been transforming lives for over a century.


Osteopathy, founded by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the late 19th century, is a unique form of manual therapy that focuses on the body's ability to heal itself. It recognizes the interconnectedness of all body systems and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a balanced musculoskeletal structure for optimal health.


In this edition, we will delve into some small points regarding the origins of osteopathy, exploring Dr. Still's groundbreaking discoveries, the profession, and the principles that continue to guide our practice today in the quiz portion coming up.


As a leading osteopathic clinic in the area, Level Osteopathy is dedicated to providing exceptional care and promoting overall well-being.


Thank you for being a part of the Level Osteopathy community! We look forward to continuing this journey together and helping you achieve a healthier, happier life.


Warm regards,


Stefan Cvijetan & Family


1. Who is considered the founder of osteopathy?

a) Dr. Andrew Taylor Still

b) Dr. William Sutherland

c) Dr. John Martin Littlejohn

d) Dr. A.T. Still Jr.


2. When was osteopathy first developed?

a) 18th century

b) 19th century

c) 20th century

d) 21st century


3. Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on:

a) The mind-body connection

b) The body's ability to heal itself

c) The use of pharmaceutical drugs

d) Surgical interventions


4. Osteopathy recognizes the interconnectedness of:

a) Musculoskeletal system only

b) Nervous system only

c) All body systems

d) Digestive system only


5. Osteopathic medicine is recognized as a respected healthcare profession:

a) Only in the United States

b) Only in Europe

c) Worldwide

d) Only in Canada


Answer Key: A, B, B, C, C


Many Osteopaths worldwide are considered DOs (Doctors of Osteopathy) or Myologists due to our expertise in anatomical function relative to all connective tissue! This means muscles, arteries, veins, lymph nodes, nerves, viscera, and more! In Canada, we are currently recognized as OMPs (Osteopathic Manual Practitioners). A title only bestowed by a respective college recognizing one’s 4-year total post-graduate education much as in Dr. Still’s time. Did you know our governing body OSTCAN, formerly referred to as the Ontario Osteopathic Association, was founded by Dr. Still himself? It was used to help transition American DOs to Canada to practice as MDs when there was a demand for more medical professionals in the early 1900s. Now some more questions!


1. Where was Dr. Andrew Taylor Still born?

a) Kansas

b) Virginia

c) Texas

d) California


2. What profession did Dr. Still practice before founding osteopathy?

a) Surgeon

b) Dentist

c) Pharmacist

d) Teacher


3. What inspired Dr. Still to develop osteopathy?

a) His own health struggles

b) A dream he had

c) A book he read

d) A conversation with a colleague


4. What was one of Dr. Still’s proudest accomplishments outside of patient success stories?

a) Supporting the development of sports medicine

b) Graduating the first female doctor in the west

c) Creating the safety pin

d) Developing an emission-free heater

e) All of the above


Answer Key: B, A, A, E


That’s right, he was a Virginia-born surgeon who, after the Civil War, wanted to help promote health rather than disease; he also pioneered many other professions in healthcare along the way. He did not find gender nor race should hold anyone back in the study of healthcare and strongly advocated for anyone willing to learn. Also, due to minor infections, he would later develop the safety pin and even help with cleaner air heating measures after his retirement, realizing the importance of air quality for health. It’s safe to say, he was a uniquely productive individual.


*A clinic update, we will be closed the week of December 3rd until the 9th. As many of you know the past year plus has been a fast paced and hectic one for myself and family. We have finally found a chance to pack up to somewhere warmer for a little R&R thanks to a friend and travel advisor Jakki Prince!


A Heartfelt Testimonial for Jakki Prince at Prince Adventures


I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for the incredible assistance you provided in planning our upcoming family getaway. Your knowledge of family-friendly destinations and understanding of the unique challenges of traveling with a 16-month-old made the trip possible! The willingness to accommodate last-minute changes with prompt responses was greatly appreciated. We look forward to planning future adventures with you!


For anyone interested in Jakki’s trusted help with a future getaway she is able to be reached here:




Also please take a moment to check out their instagram @princeadventures


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