Osteopathy is a manual therapy that emphasizes the complex relationship between the different parts of the human body to find and fix the cause(s) of the problem sometimes far from the area of complaint. The osteopath assesses and treats the patient as a whole unit only with hands-on manipulations that can involve muscles, joints, ligaments or fascias as well as organs, vessels, and nerves. All these manipulations are very precise and gentle always adapted to the current condition of the patient. That is why patients of all ages are welcome from babies to elderly and with different lifestyles such as athletes or computer workers. Your osteopath is also able to treat you during your pregnancy and after.

The common complaints treated are muscle and joint pain that could be acute or chronic like lower back pain or neck-to-knee pain. However, digestive issues and headaches are also a common complaint seen by osteopaths. Osteopathy has a very good result on the management of whiplash injuries and concussion and can help to decrease symptoms and increase recovery.

What happens during an osteopathic session?

There are four steps during the session:

  1. Interview: This is the time to speak about complaints and goals as well as medical history
  2. Test: The osteopath does a systematic review of the entire body not only the area of complaint
  3. Treatment: Depending on the tests, this step includes gentle and very precise manipulations
  4. Directions/Exercises: To strengthen the treatment it can be useful to add some exercises and new habits

Osteopathy and training:

Before starting to train, it is strongly recommended to consult our osteopath. He will assess your ability to move including quality and range of motion to detect which structures are not working properly and provide assistance and therapy to fix any concerns. Two original points will be assessed that are not included in a standard fitness assessment: your diaphragm mobility and the suppleness of you nerves.

  • Diaphragm mobility because it is the main muscle for breathing and because is involved as a support in every movement from your body. It contracts about 20 milliseconds prior to any of your movement. Removing restriction from the ribs or vertebrae are crucial to allow the best diaphragm mobility possible. The diaphragm is also involved as a pump for the circulation of the venous blood and the lymphatic as well as the motor for the digestive organs motions. Improvement of this muscle can positively affect your blood flow and your digestive system.
  • Nerve suppleness is an important point to guaranty a better range of motion and helps prevent injury. In fact, your peripheral nerves start from your spine and reach the limit of your limbs as one little rope. Every time you extend your arm or bend your leg, the nerves coming from your neck or your lower back need to be elastic enough to follow. During their pathway, they can be compressed by ligaments, muscles or fascias. The work of the osteopath is to find and fix these restrictions and possibly give you specific stretching.

Any inquiries about osteopathy, please feel free to contact our kind staff and they can help answer your questions. Osteopathy is included with most extended health benefit insurance plans, please check your policy.

To become a patient please call us today 416-579-9105 or email for more information.  Learn more about our Osteopath Frederic here. 

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