Osteopathy is a non-invasive, safe and effective manual therapy. It is a complete system of assessment, treatment and integration of all the body's systems and tissues. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners maintain, improve or restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems.
What can Osteopathy help with?
The use of various assessment and treatment techniques help people of all ages and backgrounds, who suffer injury, pain or other health concerns, by easing pain, reducing swelling, improving tissue mobility and promoting efficient healing. The goal is to identify and then gently ease the restrictions or constrictions so the body can function normally again. Systems addressed by treatment include; musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive and nervous.
What are the most common ailments treated by osteopaths?
TMJ (jaw) disorders, migraines and headaches, digestive and reproductive issues.
What can I expect on the first visit?
Patients should expect their first visit to be approximately one hour with a focus on assessment to help identify the needs of the patient and to develop an effective treatment plan. Follow up treatments will range between 40-55 minutes.
Do I have to take my clothes off?
Osteopathic treatment is performed through the clothing and involves dynamic movement of the body - comfortable clothing is recommended.
How does this differ from massage therapy and chiropractic?
Traditional Swedish massage therapy works on the muscles, tendons and occasionally the connective tissue in the body. Chiropractic focuses on improving overall alignment of the spine and extremity joints to allow for better posture, spinal alignment and improved function of the nervous system through chiropractic adjustments.
Is this covered by extended health benefits?
Some extended health benefits have specific reimbursement plans for Osteopathy. Katrine O'Reilly is a registered Osteopathic Manual Practitioner having graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy.