Osteopathy, Preconception and Pregnancy – preparing you for birth and beyond

Pregnancy is one of the most intense experiences that a human body can go through. And getting there isn’t always easy.

Women who have been having trouble getting pregnant, although they have shown no hormonal issues after testing, should consider osteopathy as a way to help their pelvis mobility.

Consensio’s Nathalie Trottier says osteopathy can help prepare the body for conception. “The perturbation of the function of the pelvis can cause problems in conception,” she says. “A woman’s bone structure could be off because of an accident or injury, for example.” And this could be causing blockages that are hindering conception.

Trottier recommends women who are having trouble conceiving receive one to three treatments before ovulation over a three-month period. Osteopaths see biomechanical blockages in the pelvis – including the sacrum and ilia, the bones that form the pelvis. “If a woman’s hormone levels are okay, maybe there’s something going on biomechanically,” says Trottier. “This can make a significant difference.”

Once a woman becomes pregnant, osteopaths are also able to provide treatment to ease posture and release pressure on joints. Some women suffer from severe pelvis issues during and following pregnancy. Osteopathy can relieve these conditions.

Even if you are pregnant and not having any of these issues, Trottier says osteopathy is a functional and practical way to prepare for childbirth as well.

Come and see the OMTs at Consensio and discover how osteopathy can help you!

Pain: Where did it come from? Where can it go?

Tension headaches, back pain, rib and thorax mobility, PTSD, joint pain, arthritis…. There are all kinds of pain! And so many people are suffering from it. “Pain is a very broad term,” says Nathalie Trottier. It can be acute or chronic, temporary or stabbing. Osteopathy takes a natural and holistic approach to pain treatment, she says.

“We must first evaluate what triggers the pain,” she says. When she firsts meets with a new patient, her main question is: Why is there pain? It could be caused by a number of factors – was there an accident or injury? Overuse or excessive strain? Trottier and other OMTs work on issues like mobility, function and scar tissue – not on the pain itself.

More specifically, Trottier says she works to release pain and restore the proper function of the body. The aim in osteopathy isn’t “no pain”. The aim is comfort and function – less pain and better living.

Other ways osteopathy can help with pain:

  • Help keep elderly patients active and loose.
  • Treat scar tissue that is hindering healing.
  • Post-injury: feel better, sleep better, stress less. Encourage healing after fractures.
  • Car accidents, whiplash and other ‘jolting’ injuries may leave you misaligned. Osteopathy can help!

Come and see the practitioners at Consensio to discover how they can help you live a better life!

Osteopathy and Children: Striving for life-long wellness

Children aren’t small adults. They’re growing fast and sometimes their system needs support. From birth through adulthood, osteopathy has a proven track record in improving the health of children.

It can begin with a newborn. Many mothers opt for mother and baby osteopathy as a way to ensure both are functioning well following the often-traumatic experiences of child birth. Osteopathy Manual Therapists (OMTs), like the ones at Consensio, can do a full examination of both mother and child and provide relief for a variety of concerns.

To increase better mobility in infants who many favouring one side of their body, for example, OMTs can work to improve better mobility. Babies who are having trouble latching on to the breast – and new mothers struggling with nursing – can also benefit from an osteopathic treatment. OMTs can help the two find a more comfortable positioning of both bodies for successful breastfeeding.

Children complaining of pain are often difficult to treat. OMTs have a unique way of discovering the root causes of these problems.

Skull shape abnormalities are a particular interest to Consensio’s Nathalie Trottier. Patients come from throughout Western Canada to be treated by her.

What it’s like to get treatment at Consensio

Patients here are often referred from physiotherapists, acupuncturists, naturopaths or massage therapists. Sometimes, though, they come recommended by a friend.

Either way, you may be wondering what it’s like to come to Consensio.

Your first appointment is about getting to know your Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) and for her to get to know you. You’ll arrive at the clinic in Canmore and be taken into a treatment room that is relaxing and comforting. Your OMT will give you an orientation to osteopathy, evaluate your symptoms and problems, and work with you to draw up a plan of treatment.

You’ll stand up straight and she’ll pay attention to your body’s positioning. Then, you’ll lie down on a treatment table and she will do the same. All the while, your OMT will listen carefully to all you feel like sharing. You can be – and will be – heard. It’s nurturing and very present.

Following your assessment, your first treatment begins. Your OMT will discuss a plan of treatment with you, and you’ll have time to discuss and ask any questions you may have. You’ll likely go home feeling relaxed and calm.

When you return for your second appointment, the treatment begins immediately. After three to five treatments, you’ll have a good sense of whether it can help you.

For many people, osteopathy treatments become a part of their regular wellness and self-maintenance routine. Others find that once certain problems are ‘solved’, they don’t need to return. Either way, you’ll be on your way to living your life to the fullest!

Biography: Nathalie Trottier

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Nathalie Trottier studied Physiotherapy at the University of Montreal (1987-90) and Osteopathy at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal (1991-98). She presented an osteopathic thesis on the work and teachings of Dr. William G. Sutherland – a well-known researcher, teacher and practitioner. This work not only brought her to Europe and to the United States but also won her the Andrew Taylor Still Award for the most representative, philosophical and sociological research for osteopathic advancement.

Wanting to continue and promote research for complementary medicine, Nathalie completed a Master’s Degree at the University of Calgary in 2012. She studied the effectiveness of osteopathic manual treatment in the conservative management of infants with deformational plagiocephaly and congenital muscular torticollis.

Nathalie has worked in both Québec and Alberta exploring both alternative and conventional fields. Since 1990, Nathalie has been treating people – from newborns to elders – with the same passion as when she began.

Dedicated to the future of her science, Nathalie is committed to supervising student thesis work. In working with students, she has explored many research questions such as Plagiocephaly, pregnancy and labour, concussions, stress management and palpation. Many of these studies have won awards for their research projects. She is also involved in the development of her science as co-leader of the Specialized Interest Group of Osteopathy of INCAM.

After having worked in several different Osteopathic and Integrative Medicine clinics, she decided to open Consensio clinic in 2014 and build a collaborative environment.

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