Osteopathy is a form of therapy that applies manual contact for medical assessment and treatment. According to benchmarks for training in osteopathy guidelines published by the World Health Organization (WHO), osteopathic practitioners use a wide variety of therapeutic manual techniques to improve physiological function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic (body framework) dysfunction. Osteopathic practice thus aims to restore (and maintain) a person’s body to its overall natural state of well-being.
The Canadian College of Osteopathy defines our work as “a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating causes of pain and imbalance.”
- It’s natural because nothing is added. There are no medications or remedies.
- It’s natural because nothing is subtracted. There is no surgery.
- Practitioners diagnose a patient’s problems by ‘listening’ to the state of the tissues or systems being examined. They’re paying extremely close attention for moisture, texture, temperature differentiation, and subtle motion.
- Congestion, dehydration, scarring, stiffness, density, and the loss of resilience can all be detected.
- It’s a trained skill that takes many years to develop and is rigorously overseen by professional bodies like the Canadian College of Osteopathy.
- Osteopathic Manual Therapists use only their hands.
Once you arrive at our clinic, your Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) will ask you to complete a full questionnaire. It will cover your needs and your medical history. Then, a physical evaluation will be done. Together with you, our team will establish a treatment plan and you will have an opportunity to ask any question. Then, using a gentle manual approach, your treatment will begin.
There are a number of factors that will determine how many treatments you’ll need to start seeing results. These include whether your condition is acute or chronic, your age (infant or adult), the complexity of your problem etc. We wish that complete recovery would be possible for every one of our patients. Unfortunately, it is not always possible. We will use the best of our knowledge to inform you about the possibilities and limitation of what we can do for your specific condition.
Most of our children patients come 3 to 5 times over a period of 1 to 3 months. For adults, within the first 3 to 6 treatments over a period of 6 to 8 weeks, we should have a good idea if this form of therapy can benefit you. We usually suggest waiting one or two weeks between treatments for integration.
After that, many patient come back periodically because they find treatment helps to improve their function. Some patients presenting chronic condition will come consistently to be able to continue to enjoy their activities in life.
Many private insurance companies will cover treatments with our registered osteopathic therapists. Make sure to check with your insurance company to see if your plan includes Osteopathy, and if your insurance company recognizes the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists
After each visit, we provide you with a detailed receipt. You may then submit this receipt to your insurance company to be reimbursed for your visit. Please note : we do not offer direct billing and Alberta Health Care does not cover Osteopathy.
Please wear leggings, yoga pants or a loose pair of shorts, and a T-shirt or tank top.
Although medical doctors and other healthcare professionals often refer patients to our clinic, no prescription is required. Please note, however, that some insurance companies may require a doctor’s referral as a stipulation of coverage. We suggest that you verify directly with your insurance company about their coverage.
While lab, XRay and/or MRI test results are not required in order for us to provide treatment, this kind of information is important to your OMT in establishing a good treatment plan. So, if you have any of these reports, please bring them to your appointment.
All of our Osteopathic Manual Therapists (OMTs) have completed a 4- or 5-year Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Osteopathy. This is on top of having previously obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. Our team members have degrees in physiotherapy, kinesiology and occupational therapy.
Continuing education is important to us! The members of our team meet and exceed the required 30 hours per year required by the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists in post-graduate courses, in teaching and in presenting at different symposiums.
Please note that we are not osteopathic physicians. We are trained at schools that specialize in osteopathic manual therapy.