What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual assessment and treatment that emphasizes the interrelationship between structure and function of the body. Osteopaths are functional anatomists who use manual therapy. They find the health, rather than focus on disease. Osteopathic treatment works to restore proper body mechanics, nerve impulses and the circulation of body fluids.
Do I Need a Referral?You do NOT need a referral to see an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. If you suffer from pain then we may be able to help you. Some patients visit us for what they term "maintenance". While not experiencing pain, they recognize they are not as free in their movement as they could be and would like to improve this before it becomes a problem or painful.
What to ExpectAn appointment last for a minimum of 30 minutes in length and may involve: -Review of your complaints and full health history -Assessment of your standing and sitting posture -Examination of the musculoskeletal system to determine what muscles, joint or nerves are causing you pain -Examination of the area of complaint and all associated structures. For example, if you have a knee complaint we will routinely assess your ankle, hip, pelvis and low back for co-existing or pre-disposed dysfunction -Customized treatment for your specific needs using a wide variety of hands on techniques designed to reduce muscle tension, joint stiffness, resolve old strain patterns, and restore balance to your body -Advice on how to manage your condition such as movements, ergonomic advice, rehabilitation strategies and timeline for recovery -Referral to other practitioners as required This ensures that each person treated is provided with the most effective and appropriate treatment care plan.
My First Appointment-Please wear comfortable clothing that will not rip to your appointment -A private changing room is provided if you would like to bring a set of clothes to change into -Bring all medical documents such as MRIs or X-rays if in hard copy or please scan them and add them to your online profile - Please expect to book a follow-up session 1-2 weeks after your initial and rebook for your personalized treatment plan online
What is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner?
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners follow the theory that imbalances in the human structure contribute to or are directly related to the development and/or maintenance of disease. Anatomy and physiology is the foundation of Osteopathic treatment. Practitioners recognize that the human body is self-regulating and self-healing – and will strive for health if given a chance. Our role is to encourage this self-healing capacity through manual treatment – to convert the physical into the physiological. We allow nature to do its job of removing any and all obstacles and obstructions that will interfere with the proper nutrition and drainage of the body’s tissue. Understanding and adjusting the anatomical unity of the human structure is our job.
All Practitioners have a Minimum Knowledge of:
- 4 year Masters of osteopathic education at minimum
- 4200 hours of total education minimum in those 4 years
- 1000 hours of Supervised Practical Training in a dedicated supervised clinical environment