ABOUT CLASSICAL OSTEOPATHY
SETTING YOUR PATH TO HEALING
To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.
—Philosophy of Osteopathy
Osteopathy Stimulates the body's own self-healing process
Osteopathy is a natural hands-on treatment to relieve pain and discomfort
Osteopathy removes obstacles found in body tissues and muscles
Osteopathy get to the source of the problem, not just the symptoms
Classical Osteopathy encourages the body's ability to self-heal by restoring body balance, mechanics and motion.
It is a drugless form of manual therapy that approaches treatment through a system of principles based on an in-depth knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics as outlined by its founder, Dr. A. T. Still in 1874.
Practitioners work to affect the anatomical structures of the body so that the physiology of the body can operate without obstruction. Through gentle adjustment of the body, an operator works to stabilize the structure, balance the body and remove obstructions that restrict the flow of nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics so that our self-healing and self-regulating abilities can be restored and health can flourish where disease and dysfunction are present.
Classical Osteopathic treatments are safe, efficient and effective for all ages and are delivered with a precise focus on the individual to restore health, vitality and quality of life.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy is often included in extended health care benefits. Check with your insurance company for details.
WHAT CAN OSTEOPATHY HELP WITH?
Headache and Migraines
TMJ Jaw pain
Neck and Shoulder Pain
Minor sport injuries
Postural changes due to pregnancy, work, driving, and strain
While most of our initial interactions are with patients seeking pain relief. Our clients are often surprised at the overall improvement to their whole body system and ability to function.
OSTEOPATHY FOR INFANTS
Osteopathy for Infants is very effective due to its gentle application and whole-body functional approach. Osteopathy has proven to be beneficial in the following areas
Latch and Feed
Digestion and Elimination issues
and much more.
IS OSTEOPATHY RIGHT FOR ME?
Everybody can benefit from a Classical Osteopathic treatment. As practitioners, our goal is to ensure that your body is functioning at its optimal capacity as a whole unit. This approach is preventative and fortifying in nature.
After treatment, you will experience positive effects regarding your physical health concerns and beyond.
If you have further questions book a free consultation
ARE ALL PRACTITIONERS CREATED EQUAL?
Unfortunately, not all practitioners are created equal. It is important to ensure that the practitioner you choose has completed a 4-year education at a recognized school and that their association is in good standing with the insurance Industry.
Sharon has graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy which is a 4 year, 4400-hour program that includes 1000 hours of supervised student clinic. She is also a member in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association which is fully recognized by the insurance industry.
IS OSTEOPATHY LIKE CHIROPRACTICS?
No, Osteopathic treatment is not like chiropractic. The Osteopath takes into consideration careful adjustment of the entire structure of the body and does not solely focus on the spinal organ, base his or her approach on subluxation theory, use machinery in treatment or use any heavy articulation techniques. Osteopaths in Canada do not use thrust / HVLA techniques but rather approach adjustments gently and rhythmically while connecting lever and fulcrum to influence change without forceful application. Osteopathic adjustment does not focus on the adjustment of a single segment but works to liberate the pelvis, spinal column, cranium, extremities and vital organs so that the body can heal through the naturally inherent forces that exist in the human condition. Treatments are generally longer as it takes about 20-25 minutes to successfully make a positive change in a proper Osteopathic session.
IS AN OSTEOPATHIC MANUAL PRACTITIONER A DOCTOR IN CANADA?
No, the term Osteopath or the designation D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathy) is a protected title and can only be used by an individual who has been educated in the United States of America after graduating from an Osteopathic Medical School. These professionals are not only trained in the art and science of Osteopathy as taught by Dr. Still but also have training that qualifies them as medical physicians who can prescribe pharmaceuticals, perform surgery and specialize in their chosen field. In Canada, an Osteopathic practitioner who has graduated from an institution such as the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy is known strictly as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner or Therapist and approaches treatment from an anatomical and physiological principle standpoint. With an understanding that anatomy and physiology are interrelated on all levels, it stands to reason that any deviation of the anatomical structure will have a negative effect on the physiological functions of the body. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner who has been trained in Canada is restricted to practicing the art and science as it was originally taught by the founder of our profession, which was a drugless approach to therapy. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners in Canada may not:
Provide a medical diagnosis
Have an influence on a patient’s medication regime
Advise on surgeries or medical procedures
Perform any examination of the breast tissue
Provide an assessment or treatment approach that passes the boundary of any orifice of the body
Write medical notes for patients/clients
Use the literal term Osteopath, DO or Doctor of Osteopathy to identify themselves
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Fill out the online intake form prior to your visit. If you have any image reports (from x-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds), please bring copies to your appointment, or email them to me before your appointment
Wear comfortable clothing. You will be fully clothed during your treatment so wear clothing that is easy to move in. (Workout or gym clothing is ideal)
Arrive on time so that you can benefit from the full length of your scheduled appointment.