Syndicat Professionnel des  
ORTHOTHÉRAPEUTES  
du Québec
Canadian Union of 
 ORTHOTHERAPISTS

What is Orthotherapy?

Orthotherapy is a modern, scientific manual therapy that reharmonizes the patho-mechanical conditions of peripheral joints, the sacroiliac joints and the spine in cases of mechano-genic affections such as epiphysitis, osteochondrosis, tendonitis, periarthritis, lumbago, back pain, torticollis, disc protrusions, herniated discs and osteoarthritis. In orthotherapy, therefore, the therapist acts through biomechanical reharmonization, since each joint constitutes a “mechanically impaired biological unit” which ensures the mechanically impaired trophism of its own structures.

This approach is an amalgam of a wide variety of therapeutic manual techniques, mainly derived from physiotherapy and massage therapy. Orthotherapy focuses on the muscular and articular systems, with the aim of ensuring proper functioning of the musculoskeletal system. In fact, the prefix ortho- means “straight” or “correct “1, aptly expressing the idea of postural correction at the heart of orthotherapy.