Osteopathic Manual Practice

Please note our Practitioners are not Medical Doctors or Osteopathic Phyisicians

Treatment sessions vary (usually 45 minutes) and are one on one with the therapist in a private setting and should be covered under most private health plans with the normal deductions and percentages.

Some of the Conditions helped by Osteopathic Manual Practice:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches and vertigo
  • TMJ and facial pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pre and post natal pain
  • Pain post orthopedic surgery or sports injuries
  • Abdominal pain post surgery
  • Shoulder and Upper Extremity Dysfunctions and carpal tunnel
  • Post motor vehicle accident (whiplash)

Osteopathic Manual Practice is based on the following four principles:

  1. Structure governs function. Essentially, stiff joints and tight muscles change the way the body moves changing the alignment of joints, causing the body to compensate. if not addressed, these changes over time may cause painful symptoms.
  2. Good circulation is essential to healing. Tight muscles and fascia impede blood flow, which can also affect the nervous system resulting in painful symptoms.
  3. The body has its own innate ability to heal.
  4. The whole body is interrelated; i.e. restricted movement in the foot related to an old ankle sprain can eventually affect the knee, hip, back, and even the neck.

The key to successful treatment lies in the manual practitioner's ability to assess position, mobility, and vitality of all tissues. Restrictions of movement result in dysfunction and pain.

Most hands-on techniques are gentle and are generally not painful.

What does a manual practitioner of osteopathic manual practice do?

When a patient comes in for a consultation the therapist will first ask the nature of the complaint. She/he will want to know all of the details of the current problem, including a history of past injuries and illnesses.

The rest of the consultation will be dedicated to:

  • Postural examination
  • Testing the functioning of local, regional, and global areas to determine areas of restriction in joints, muscles, fascia, and nervous tissue.
  • Palpation of tissues and physiological rhythms.
  • Synthesizing the findings of the physical evaluation to determine the source of the patient's complaint.
  • Developing a treatment plan together with the patient

What does osteopathic manual practice treatment entail? The osteopathic manual practitioners uses their hands to palpate (feel) the tissues of the body and then correct the mobility and position of the tissues.

Techniques Include:

  • Joint and spinal mobilization techniques.
  • Cranial Osteopathic Manual Practice (Cranial Sacral Therapy)
  • Myofascial Release
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Strain Counterstrain
  • Visceral Manipulation

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At our clinic osteopathic manual therapy is often complimented by traditional physiotherapy, massage therapy and individualized home exercises. All of our osteopathic manual practitioners are registered with associations (NSAO and OAO) that are officially recognized by most major private insurers including Medavie Blue Cross, Manulife and SunLife