What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a gentle form of treatment that is suitable for everyone including infants and elderly. However, treatment can be quite physical and at times your practitioner may move your body in different ways to provoke a physical reaction during treatment. On occasion Michel may also talk to you about your mental and emotional well being, as it is thought that these types of issues can manifest as physical pain throughout the body.
In Canada, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners complete a rigorous 5-year program of clinical and academic study in osteopathic manipulation. They treat patients using manual techniques only. They do not use drugs, medication, surgery or other medical procedures.
In practice, after the observation of the posture, the palpation of the body and the processing of orthopedic, neurological and osteopathic tests, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will base the treatment on the following four principles:
1.The body is a functional unit. An integrated unit of mind, body, and spirit (“Man is Triune” – A.T. Still). Current engineers would talk of a tensegrity model (Buckminster Fuller). It means, for example, that the spine must not be considered as a pile of vertebra, but as the mast of a sailing boat held by the ropes i.e. ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia. More recent discoveries show that the fascia web integrates and harmonizes the behaviour of the various components throughout the human body.
2. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. For example, when you have a lot of muscle (the structure), you can lift big weights (the function), but if you keep lifting weight (the function), you gain muscles and change your body structure.
3. The law of the artery is supreme. As A. T. Still said: Life is movement. Therefore arteries, veins and nerves must be kept free from restrictions to relieve the body from pain. It will also ensure optimal functioning of the muscles, organs and viscera.
4. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, having the inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself. So if we work using the first three rules, the body will cure itself from diseases like viral and bacterial attacks. (However we will never prevent you from taking medication).
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use their hands to provide a gentle and specific application of highly developed touch. Some people see them as a combination of an Acupuncturist, a Chiropractor, a Physiotherapist and a Massage Therapist.
What happens on the first visit?
On the first visit, you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important, as we need to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. We suggest you bring any x-rays or MRI reports that you may have. We will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs, as well as other factors that may be contributing to the cause of the problem. We will then tailor a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return to normal functioning.
Are my medical forms confidential?
Yes, all medical information is held confidential under the regulated health care professional act under law.
Will the treatment hurt?
Treatment is not harmful. Some techniques may cause light discomfort that usually diminishes directly after treatment. We will discuss each technique and its implications with you prior to the application.
What do I wear for the assessment and treatment?
We recommend that you bring a sports bra or tank top and shorts. It is important that the Health Care Practitioner be able to properly assess for any asymmetries and/or structural and postural problems. It is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable.
How many times should I come?
It is impossible to answer this question. However, most of the time, acute conditions disappear in 2 to 4 treatments; some chronic pains may take more visits.
Do you require a doctor’s referral for treatment?
No. Though your extended health insurance may require a doctor’s referral.
Can anyone receive treatment?
Yes, anyone can receive treatment; however, there are certain conditions for which treatment may not be appropriate. We are trained to recognize these cases.
Does my insurance cover the cost for treatment?
The majority of employer health plans cover treatment. The degree of coverage varies based on the plan. We recommend you confirm your amount of coverage with either your Human Resources or Payroll and Benefits departments.
What is your cancellation policy?
We regret we must charge for appointments cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.
Life is movement
Where there is restriction of movement, there is pain and disease. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy in 1892 used to say “Find it, fix it, leave it alone”. With years of practice, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner posses a highly developed touch and can feel the slightest movements (around 15 microns) and appreciate the texture of the tissue that can reveal a lack of vascularisation or joint restrictions.