Posted on Jul 22, 2019

Jennifer Sparks (M.Ost)

I am an osteopathic manual practitioner at Harmony Health Centre, Bridgewater. I help people to recover from and manage short- and long-term pain and dysfunction, whether it results from an acute injury, surgery, or from factors of everyday life.

Osteopathy is a fascinating approach to healthcare that I was drawn to for its common sense approach: that the physical, physiological (the ‘inside’ functions of the body) and psychological health of a person are all interlinked. I love working with my hands, and enjoy the challenge of problem-solving with patients to come to a solution. I believe that having an understanding of how the body works can help people to better deal with pain and injury, and therefore listening carefully to patients, sharing explanations, and education are an important part of appointments.

Osteopaths use touch, physical manipulation, stretching and other hands-on techniques to relieve muscle tension, improve blood, lymph and nerve supply to tissues, increase joint mobility, and assist the body’s own healing mechanisms.

I graduated with distinction in 2013 from the British School of Osteopathy (London, England), where I underwent a broad and thorough clinical education. Since graduating I have been further expanding and deepening my skills and knowledge by taking post-graduate courses in a range of subjects. I have lived and worked as an osteopath in Lunenburg County since 2013, previously practising at Maritime Osteopathy.

I enjoy working at Harmony Health Centre because we are able to offer a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to provide comprehensive, personalised care. It’s so interesting to learn from my colleagues to enhance my understanding of how the body works.

I am a member in good standing of the following:
Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths
Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners
General Osteopathic Council of the UK and Northern Ireland

Please note: I am not an osteopathic physician, doctor of osteopathy, nor a member of the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons.