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Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, is a set of hands-on techniques used by Osteopath Practitioners to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.  It is a subtle, gentle therapy which emphasizes manual readjustments, myofascial release, stretching, resistance, gentle pressure and other physical manipulation of muscle tissue, organs, fascia & bones to encourage the body to naturally return to a balanced state in which it can repair, maintain & function optimally.

Osteopathic techniques may help to...

  • Treat structural & tissue abnormalities 

  • Relieve joint restriction & misalignment

  • Restore muscle & tissue balance

  • Restore or Improve blood & nerve flow throughout the body

Although most often used to treat pain, promote healing & increase overall range of motion, Osteopathy may also be used to help...

  • Frozen shoulder     

  • Duputrens contracture

  • Sciatica

  • Tendonitis & Bursitis

  • Carpal tunnel        

  • Meniscal injuries

  • Migraines     

  • Plantar fasciitis 

  • Concussion & Whiplash

  • Sprains, Strains & Injury 

  • Postural issues such as scoliosis, hyperkyphosis, hyperlordosis

What is the difference between a Chiropractor & an Osteopath?

  • Chiropractors receive comprehensive education and training in the diagnosis & treatment of a variety of disorders arising from the spine, pelvis, nervous system & joints of the body. They utilize a hands-on, manual approach to treatment and assess the patient as a “whole” rather than a set of individual parts. Chiropractors are perhaps best known for their spinal adjustments or manipulations but because these are often forced on the body, more immediate but often shorter-term results & kick-back pain are commonly experienced.  ​

  • Osteopaths also employ a hands-on approach to patient care but are trained to source out the ‘root’ of the concern, rather than focusing only on nerve pathways or one region of pain. Osteopathy focuses on the entire framework of the body:  bones, ligaments, muscles, organs & connective tissues or fascia. Osteopaths assess the musculoskeletal system looking for areas of weakness, imbalance or excessive strain. Any potential ‘weak points’ will determine how well the body functions and will have a direct influence on the general health of the entire body. Since Osteopathic adjustments are subtle & gently encourages the body to naturally return to a state of balance, slower, more progressive but longer-term results are often achieved without the post-therapy tenderness & discomfort commonly experienced with other manual therapies.​

  • Osteopathy is a safe, effective, complementary therapy which can help people of all ages and backgrounds. Each half hour session is facilitated fully-clothed and is covered under most Extended Health-Care Benefits.


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