What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of natural medicine that treats your body as a single functioning unit.

Osteopathy assesses and treats movement restrictions in your body’s tissues that prevent you from being healthy and fit. It is unique because it focuses on the root cause of pain and dysfunction rather than simply treating the symptoms. The osteopathic philosophy believes that physical problems should be treated as early as possible, in order to prevent further injury or other illness. The self-healing abilities of the body guides an manual osteopathic practitioner in tailoring treatment to each client’s needs and lifestyle.


Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a hands-on therapy that uses a set of manipulative techniques aiming at restoring optimal mobility, which in each individual corresponds to their distinctive physiological state. An osteopathic manual practitioner plays an important role in advising their clients in health maintenance and injury prevention.

There are four imperative steps integral to any osteopathic treatment:


1.   Physical assessment: Identify the factor that disrupts the normal function of the body and hinders the healing process.

2.   Treatment: Manually readjust the structural elements using direct or indirect manipulations (i.e. fascial, visceral, cranial approach, etc).

3.   Support: Monitor results allowing the body to re-establish its natural balance and health.

4.   Maintenance:  Once the mechanical and physiological balance is restored, the patient is

advised on further health maintenance through proper posture, stress reduction, healthy eating habits, and adequate physical activity.

How can Osteopathy benefit me?

There are many benefits to an osteopathic treatment. In a nutshell, an osteopathic manipulative treatment seeks to address the root cause of pain or illness, and relieve chronic pain. The practice also encourages the body to heal itself and rely less on medication.

Some of the conditions Osteopathy treat include:

·       Sports Injuries

·       Neck and Back Pain

·       Headaches and Migraines

·       Functional Scoliosis

·       Whiplash and Spinal Disk Injuries

·       Joint Stiffness and Pain

·       Lymphedema

·       Digestive Issues (constipation, cramping, incontinence)

·       Infants and Children Specific Issues (colic, sucking or feeding disorders, torticollis, bed wetting, cranial          molding, etc.)


What happens when you visit an Osteopath?

Your medical history is examined and discussed at an initial session with your osteopathic manual practitioner. Your current and past health history will be discussed, paying close attention to chief complaints, health issues, and other medical interventions that you’ve received in the past.

Then, a physical assessment will be performed. Your osteopathic manual practitioner will conduct a physical examination in order to assess your physical condition, and ensure safe treatment options. It is highly advisable to wear loose clothing; such as shorts or yoga pants. A medical gown will be provided for you to wear which will allow the practitioner to conduct a thorough physical assessment of your back and top of your pelvis.

Upon completing the history and physical examinations, your osteopathic manual practitioner will discuss treatment options with you.


What are some treatment techniques that Osteopaths use?

Osteopaths tailor their approach to each patient’s needs and lifestyle, using a broad range of gentle, hands-on techniques, including:

·      Myofascial Release

·      Muscle Energy Techniques

·      Manual Joint Mobilization

·      Cranial Osteopathy

·      Counterstrain

·      Massage and Manual Lymphatic Drainage  

·      Visceral Mobilization  

·      Exercise for Strength & Conditioning

·      Athletic and Clinical Taping


Techniques often encourage the patient to become an active participant during treatment which may include breathing techniques, muscle contraction, and joint movements. This approach is gentle and quickly effective when treating tension, joint restriction, and postural imbalances.

What types of sessions are offered?

Initial Assessment: 60 minutes – Includes health history, physical assessment and treatment.

Follow-up Treatment: 20 or 40 minute sessions – focuses on treatment, patients progress, and management of lifestyle.

Re-Assessment: 40 minutes – done after a three-month absence of care or when presenting with a new complaint.  

Rates: Initial Assessment 60 min – $105

Follow-up 20 min – $45

Follow-up 40 min – $70

Re-Assessment 40 min – $70  

*Prices include HST

Please note:  check in with your insurance company specifically for coverage for osteopathic manual therapy, NOT osteopathy.

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