Frequently Asked Questions

Is Osteopathy covered by health insurance plans?

All insurance companies will cover Osteopathic practitioners who are graduates from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy and hold a membership in good standing with the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA). You need to look into your own benefits to see if it is included in you personal package. If it is not included you can contact […]
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What kinds of conditions would benefit from Osteopathic treatment?

The effectiveness of osteopathic manual treatment relies on restoration and stabilization of proper mechanics, posture, and neurophysiological balance – emphasizing co-ordination and integration of various parts, regions, and systems of the body. (That means treatment helps just about everything)
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Do I need a referral from my doctor?

No referral is required to obtain Osteopathic treatment.
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Is Osteopathy the same as massage?

No. The Osteopath reasons why muscles get tight and sore, and then works to correct the underlying structural imbalances causing the problem. However, many Osteopaths do often support the use of massage and feel it is a useful adjunct to Osteopathic treatment when it is applied properly at the right time and in the correct […]
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How does Osteopathy differ from Chiropractic?

Osteopathy does not believe in using aggressive manual manipulation to bones, joints or tissues. Osteopaths apply principles and technique that is adjustive to the body’s framework that is gentle and well-suited for everyone. Osteopaths work diligently to balance the whole human structure using their understanding of applied anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology, which is unique to […]
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Is Osteopathy the same as Physiotherapy?

No. Osteopaths predominantly use their hands to help restore lost health. Other modalities are used at a minimum, and exercise is often only permitted or encouraged at times when the reparative qualities of the body are strong enough to deal with that level of stimulus.
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Is Osteopathy opposed to drugs and surgery?

No. Osteopaths recognize that there are certain times and situations where it is necessary to use medicine or have surgery. The goal of Osteopathic care is to minimize the use of drugs and surgery. The objective is to find the health in the patient instead of focusing on disease, and to improve the quality of […]
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What should I expect during a typical visit?

A typical visit involves a complete evaluation and manual treatment. The emphasis of an Osteopath’s treatment is based on abnormal musculoskeletal findings called somatic dysfunctions. A somatic dysfunction is present when there are palpable asymmetries, restrictions or alterations in normal motions, and /or tissue texture changes. Additionally, there may be areas with pain or other […]
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How many visits will it take before I see results?

Regardless of the problem, our patients typically notice significant improvements within a very short time frame, usually within 3 to 5 visits. In many cases, only a few visits are required for complete restoration of function. In others, a more prolonged approach is needed, perhaps 10-15 visits. And in a few, chronic palliative care is […]
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When is a knee problem not a knee problem?

Oftentimes people with knee problems have been given symptom-relieving treatments that often do not address the underlying causes of the problem. In time, the improperly treated condition irritates other parts of the body that are not commonly considered connected to the knee, but the Osteopath, understanding the physical, mechanical, and chemical unity of the human […]
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