Now offering Manual Osteopathy
What is Manual Osteopathy?
Manual Osteopathy is a form of hands-on therapy with a primary focus of restoring function and eliminating pain by addressing the root cause of the injury or illness. Beginning with a thorough assessment and discussion about your health history, a Manual Osteopathic Therapist uses gentle yet effective techniques to stimulate the body’s own self-healing response. The osteopathic approach views the body as a singular unit and seeks to restore balance to the whole in order to effectively treat dysfunction.
Osteopathic techniques can include:
1) Osteo-articular Corrections: Gentle manipulation of joints which relieve restriction, correct postural imbalances and restore proper motion. These corrections are performed using low grade mobilizations and assisted stretching techniques.
2) Myofascial Release: Treats restrictions within fascial connective tissue, creating space and glide between the structures of the body. The osteopathic myofascial work focuses on slower, less intense release to calm the nervous system.
3) Craniosacral Therapy: Addresses the vitality and mobility of the bones, dural membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect the central nervous system. A light and gentle therapy, safe for very acute or severe conditions.
4) Visceral Manipulation: Gentle but direct work to the organs and viscera and their ligamentous/ fascial attachments to improve digestion, relieve pain and improve range of motion. Focused on balancing nervous stimulation and blood supply to organs using non-invasive holds and precise mobilizations.
What is the difference between an Osteopath, Doctor of Osteopathy and Manual Osteopathic Therapist?
Here in Canada, the terms Osteopath & Doctor of Osteopathy are restricted titles that are only used by medical doctors. Osteopathic Physicians, Osteopaths, or Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) are educated in schools of Osteopathic Medicine in the United States. They are licensed to practise both hands-on therapies as well as a full medical practise. The US is the only country in the world in which DO’s function in the same capacity as medical doctors. Countries like Canada and France restrict the use of the term Osteopath to Medical Doctors. Canada requires manual osteopathic practitioners to call themselves Manual Osteopathic Therapists (MOT) or Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OMP). The treatment philosophy and hands on techniques are the same but the manual osteopath cannot order medical imaging scans, prescribe medication or perform surgeries.
What is the difference between Manual Osteopathy and Massage Therapy?
The two treatments can be similar in many ways. Many of the same techniques can be used in both a massage therapy session and manual osteopathy treatment.The key difference is the holistic process of thorough assessment, treatment and then reassessment the MOT employs to ensure the treatment is working. Most RMTs use minimal assessment and are focused on mainly muscle and fascial tissue. During an osteopathic treatment you will wear loose, comfortable clothes and no oils will be used on your skin. A MOT also utilizes only their hands and cannot use any tools, like cupping or IASTM, in their treatment while an RMT can.
What is the difference between Manual Osteopathy and Chiropractic?
Both professions started at the same time in the late 1800's, branching from the same teachings. Osteopathy sees the injury in light of the whole body. Chiropractic sees the injury in light of spinal subluxations or nerve impingement affecting the whole.
Many differences in approach come down to the individual practitioner. Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) perform advanced joint manipulations, can use a variety of tools and machines in treatments and are able to order x rays and scans. MOTs use only their hands and non-invasive techniques and do not use medical imaging .
What conditions can Manual Osteopathy help?
Manual osteopathy can help a wide variety of acute and chronic health issues including:
● Migraines and headaches
● Joint pain
● Postural dysfunction
● Chronic pain conditions
● Depression and anxiety
● Acid reflux
What insurance companies can I claim Manual Osteopathy benefits with?
If your extended health benefits include coverage for osteopathic services, we are able to provide billing receipts for the following companies:
● Alberta Blue Cross
● Sun Life
● Green Shield Canada
● The Co-operators
● Maximum Benefit
● Empire Life
● Johnston Group
● Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan
Do you offer direct billing?
No, unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer direct billing to your insurance company. A receipt will be provided after your treatment that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.