Osteopathic manipulations are similar to chiropractic manipulations but work with the entire musculoskeletal system whereas chiropractors generally focus only on the spine and joints.
Physiotherapy, while having some similarities, use different methods and are best for rehabilitation treatments and for those who have long-term illnesses. A Physiotherapist will generally monitor improvement of specific muscle groups, using exercise programs, and are 60% hands-on.
Osteopathy, overall, is about 90% hands-on using palpation and manipulation to treat the body as a whole by loosening and releasing the connective tissues around the muscles. It is common for Osteopaths and Physiotherapists to work together with a patient to monitor progress and improve turnaround.
Like other First Visits, you will be asked about your biggest concerns and relevant information in regards to your condition and health history. An osteopathic assessment will be done to examine your posture and condition. The practitioner will then advise a plan followed by a treatment with the patient to ongoing care.
Osteopathy is covered by many extended healthcare insurance providers. We always advise you to check with your companies to ensure your treatments are covered.
Comfortable, flexible, and non-restrictive clothing are preferred as some therapeutic manipulation may require the patient to perform full range of motion (ie. Shorts, flexible pants or leggings, t-shirts).
The patient usually will not be asked to remove any article of clothing unless the practitioner needs to access specific areas of the trunk and pelvic area.
Yes! Most of the time, our treatments and services can be done in conjunction to maximize the efficiency of the treatment process(ie. Acupuncture or Herbal Medicine) as well as other treatments (ie. Physiotherapy).
If the patient is taking medication, please inform the practitioner prior to the treatment. The practitioner may have to adjust the manipulation to accommodate the patient’s conditions.