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osteopathy

Osteopathy

A safe, objective, and noninvasive system that addresses many health concerns. The practitioner facilitates communication with the body’s innate wisdom by using neuromuscular biofeedback. Then the body’s systems are resynchronized so that they can operate as nature intended.

 

Osteopathy focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders and the effects of these on patients’ general health.

Using many of the diagnostic procedures applied in conventional medical assessment, osteopathic practitioners seek to restore the optimal functioning of the body, where possible without the use of drugs or surgery. Osteopathy is based on the principle that the body has an intrinsic ability to heal itself, and osteopathic care focuses on strengthening the musculoskeletal systems to treat existing conditions and to prevent illness.

Osteopathic practitioners’ patient-centred approach to health and well being means they consider symptoms in the context of the patient’s full medical history as well as their lifestyle and personal circumstances. This holistic approach ensures that all treatment is tailored to the individual patient.

 

FAQ’S

What will happen when I visit an osteopathic practitioner?

In a first consultation, an osteopathic practitioner will compile a full case history of the patient’s symptoms, as well as information about their lifestyle and diet.

Osteopathic practitioners are trained to examine areas of the body using a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to determine conditions and identify the body’s points of weakness or excessive strain. The osteopathic practitioner will also observe the patient doing some simple movements to facilitate diagnosis.

The patient will usually be asked to remove some of their clothing near the area of the body to be examined to allow postural assessment. If you feel more comfortable please bring a loose fitting top and shorts with you.

The osteopath will discuss with the patient the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat the patient’s condition effectively (usually 4 – 6 treatments at weekly intervals but this can vary from patient to patient depending on the chronicity of the problem). If the condition is unlikely to respond to osteopathic treatment, the patient will be advised on how to seek further care.

Treatment usually lasts about 45 minutes. Osteopathy is a ‘package’ of care that includes skilled mobilising and manipulative techniques, reinforced by guidance on diet and exercise. Key to this is the aim of the osteopathic practitioner to establish the sound patient-practitioner partnership necessary for ensuring quality care.

 

What does an osteopathic practitioner treat?

Osteopathic practitioners treat a variety of common conditions including:
Sports injuries
Acute and chronic spinal pain
Headaches
Migraines
TMJ disorders
Asthma
Disc injuries
Osteoarthritis
Joint pain
Repetitive strain injuries
Postural complaints
Whiplash and accident trauma

 

Who does an osteopathic practitioner treat?

Everyone from children (age 5 years onwards), to their grandparents. Osteopathic care is a choice of many women to relieve pain caused by weight and posture changes during and after pregnancy. Older children often benefit from osteopathic treatment of a wide range of common complaints such as sinus and postural problems. For older patients osteopathic treatment offers the option of drug-free pain relief, eases the physical wear and tear associated with aging, and can improve mobility and reduce inflammation, all of which enhance overall quality of life and independence.

Osteopathic care to treat strains or injuries resulting from sporting activities, is used by professional sportsmen and women and amateur sports enthusiasts alike. Osteopathy can contribute to enhanced performance and facilitate the achievement of long term training goals – alleviating the symptoms of injury, preventing recurrence and assisting rehabilitation.

In short, osteopathy is the best alternative for everybody.

If you are unsure whether osteopathic healthcare is suitable for you, please contact Alex and he will happy to advise you accordingly.

 

Do I need a referral from my family doctor?

No, but in some instances to claim from your health insurer you may need a referral from your family doctor.  Please check with your policy provider.

 

Are you covered by MSP or health insurance?

Osteopathic health care is not currently covered by MSP in British Columbia. Some insurers may offer coverage. Please check with them.

 

How do I pay?

Currently payment is by cash or cheque only.

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