Why Osteopath

Have you found yourself asking: What is this osteopathy that my insurance plan covers and how is it different from Physiotherapy or Chiropractic?  Good Question

What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a patient centered form of manual health-care that involves different aspects of the person’s neuro-musculoskeletal system including the muscles, joints, nerves and other skeletal tissues. It recognises the important link between the structure of the body and how it functions. Osteopathic practitioners (university level) are trained in musculoskeletal diagnosis, management and treatment involving standardised medical examinations of the different human systems, which forms the clinical rationale for treating a patient’s condition. Osteopathic treatment varies from practitioner to practitioner, but generally involves manual therapy techniques including; massage, stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation, dry-needling as well as management via exercise prescription. 

What to expect in your Osteopathy session? 

1. Take your medical history
2. Provide a physical examination (orthopaedic and neurological testing)
3. Explain the presenting complaint and reasoning behind presentation
4. Formulate a treatment protocol involving manual therapy
5. Provide post treatment clinical re-evaluation
5. Give suitable at-home management structures (exc. prescription) to follow between appointments and to aid in long-term care 

Common complaints Osteopathic manual practitioners see: 

– Hips, back and shoulder pain
– Headaches and migraines
– Sports injuries and soreness
– Repetitive strain injuries
– Acute trauma and chronic pain dysfunctions
– Nerve pain and dysfunction
– Postural complaints

The 4 main principles of Osteopathy:

1. The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance
3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated
4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
Book an initial assessment at our Spadina Location with our experienced osteopathic manual practitioner Yuma Hemphill
Book an initial assessment at our Oakville Location with our experienced Osteopath Caitlin MacLeod
Physiotherapy is one of the allied health professions that, by using mechanical force and movements (bio-mechanics or kinesiology), manual therapy, exercise therapy, and electrotherapy, remediates impairments and promotes mobility and function. Physical therapy is used to improve a patient’s quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. 
  • Did You Know?

    Physiotherapists are considered experts in the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries and possess in-depth knowledge of how the body works and moves.

    They assist people to restore, maintain, and maximize strength, function, movement, and overall well-being. Their role includes the hands-on clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of various conditions, injuries, and disabilities.Some examples of conditions treated include back pain, neck pain, knee pain, muscle tension, headaches, sciatica, sports injuries, and joint pain such as whiplash, arthritis, diabetes, spinal cord injury, nerve conditions, post-surgical, etc. Questions? Book a Free 15 minute consultation with our Physiotherapist!

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  • Additional Info

    Prevention: Maintain A Toned Physique.

    Prevention is a key role for Physiotherapists. Physiotherapy promotes toned muscles and most physiotherapy patients find they have gained strength and muscle and lost fat after a few weeks of consistently going to their therapy sessions and performing their home exercises regularly.

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  • Help & Support

    Personal Independence and the pursuit of the perfect posture.

    Injury can easily effect activities of daily living and occupational performance. Pain can be a major barrier inhibiting personal independence, through limitation in movement and function. Would you like to be one of those people who seem to naturally have great posture? Physiotherapy can help you get there. While good posture requires thought and effort at first, over time it gets easier. It also becomes more natural as you strengthen your core muscles, which a physiotherapist can help you do.

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  • What will my physiotherapy appointment look like?

    Our skilled therapists will conduct a detailed subjective and physical assessment to evaluate your muscle flexibility and strength, joint mobility, and functional movements to determine how we can help optimize these systems to help you meet your goals. Your therapist may also provide you with some exercises and/or stretches to practice independently at home between sessions to help accelerate your rehabilitation plan and recovery.

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  • What conditions can our physiotherapists help to treat?

    Common conditions we see in the clinic (not an exhaustive list) include:

    • Headaches
    • Neck pain/stiffness
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Cervical radiculopathy
    • Tennis elbow
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Disc herniation
    • Sciatica
    • IT Band Syndrome
    • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
    • Post-surgical recovery
    • Ankle sprains
    • Plantar fasciitis

    Some of our physiotherapists are also trained in acupuncture, pelvic health physiotherapy, vestibular rehabilitation, and post-concussion rehabilitation

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