Tara L. Jackson, BSC CAT © DOMP
Certified Athletic Therapist & Osteopath
*Concordia University BSc with Distinction in Exercise Science: Athletic Therapy
*Graduate of Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques (Halifax, 2013)
*Completed her thesis in collaboration with the pediatric department at the Saint John Regional Hospital titled “The effect of adjunctive osteopathic treatment on outcomes in pediatric functional fecal retention”
*Recipient of the “The William Garner Sutherland D.O. Thesis Award-
*Originally from Saint-
*Bachelor of Physical Education & Sports Science, UNB, 1994
*Certified Athletic Therapist, Sheridan College, 1998
*Diploma in Osteopathy, Canadian Osteopathy College
*Provider for Canadian Sport Center Atlantic
What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a natural medicine and science based on the principles that the structure of the body affects how it will function and that it functions as a unified whole. On a practical level, this means that problems in any one part of the body will affect all the other parts because all tissues and systems are connected. Osteopathic treatment aims to restore optimal health by promoting joint mobility, better posture, nerve function and circulation, which in turn improves organ function like digestion and elimination.
Osteopathic manual practitioners assess and treat your body as a whole, because:
• symptoms sometimes show up in a different part of your body from where the problem actually is
• there may be several factors contributing to the symptoms you experience
• methods of treatment include: structural (joint mobilization and realignment), craniosacral, soft tissue release (myofascial and muscle energy techniques) and visceral manipulation.
• Treatment sessions are one-
• Covered by most insurance companies.
Examples of conditions treated:
Back/neck pain, whiplash, TMJ/jaw problems, soft tissue injuries: sprains, strains, tendonitis, joint dysfunctions & arthritic pain, nerve pain: sciatic, numbness & tingling, difficult digestion, acid reflux, constipation, painful menstrual/ovulation, chronic pelvic pain & bladder issues, pregnancy discomfort, labour preparation & post-
Osteopathic treatment is beneficial to people of all ages, even for babies and children; unsettled babies, colic, recurrent ear infections.
What Is Athletic Therapy?
The scope of practice of an athletic therapist includes the assessment, prevention, immediate care and reconditioning of musculoskeletal injuries. They assess injuries, conditions, utilize contemporary rehabilitative techniques, therapeutic modalities, soft tissue mobilizations and physical reconditioning. They promote an environment conducive to optimal healing in preparing the individual for safe reintegration into an active lifestyle.