Daniel Renaud, M.OMSc
After discovering principle based osteopathy, I knew this was exactly what I was looking for. I attended an open house at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO), and I knew right away that this is where I wanted to be. I moved to Hamilton shortly after being accepted into the CAO, and it was the best decision I ever made.
I realized early on in the program that I was naturally very good at visualizing the global lesion pattern throughout the body. I was able to see the connections between different anatomical structures and was able to decipher which structures were causing the overall issues. My ability to visualize these patterns, paired with my affinity for solving puzzles, naturally caused my osteopathic skills to grow stronger than I could have imagined. It blew my mind that all i had to do is find what areas are causing the anatomical discord, introduce the proper corrective input, and the patient's body was able to resume the natural healing process.
While treating, I motion test the entire body to see which anatomical structures are moving properly and which one are not. I look to see where there is a large amount of restriction and asymmetry, and I will often find a physical change in the tissues texture of that same area. Sometimes the patient will report a difference in sensation as well, and all of these characteristics tell me that I'm looking in the right place. I will often get an immediate improvement in these problematic areas, and with continuous correction, they will gradually remain in their proper anatomical position.
Once you re-establish normal physiological motion to these dysfunctional structures, the body's innate ability to heal and self regulate are able to bring the entire body back into harmony.
I also have the pleasure of teaching at the CAO which is a dream come true. Thanks to all of my hard work, I now get the chance to share all of my knowledge and help build the future of Osteopathy through the school.