OSTEOPATHY in Downtown Toronto

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The bones that make up our body are the support that we rely on to go about our daily tasks and thus they bear a lot of the stress of our daily lives. This in turn means that we often have aches and pains as well as medical issues with them long before we see them anywhere else. the[clinic]’s osteopaths works to improve or restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, and, enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself. They use various manual assessment and treatment techniques and modalities to help people of all ages and backgrounds who suffer injury, pain or other health concerns by easing the pain, reducing swelling, improving tissue mobility and promoting efficient healing. The main goal of our care givers is to detect, treat, and prevent your health problems by moving, stretching, and massaging your muscles and joints.

Restricted or constricted areas of the body – (areas which are not moving normally or are “strangled” or “squeezed”) may be present in the following systems:

  • musculoskeletal [back pain…]
  • respiratory [asthma..]
  • cardiovascular [hypertension..]
  • digestive [IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis…]
  • reproductive [Infertility…]
  • nervous [stress, anxiety…]

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners seek to identify and then gently ease the restrictions or constrictions so the body can function normally again. We use a range of different techniques to help improve your bodily function, but we never use drugs or other invasive methods. Everything is always all-natural.

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MANUAL OSTEOPATHY IS BASED ON 4 BASIC PRINCIPLES:

  1. Each structure in the body supports the body’s functions. If a structure is damaged, out of place or otherwise not working properly, the body will not function at its best.
  2. The natural flow of the body’s fluids – lymphatic, vascular, and neurological – must be preserved and maintained
  3. The human body is the sum of its parts. Its physical, emotional, social, spiritual, and cognitive systems don’t work independently – they work in harmony.
  4. When the body has no restrictions, it has the inherent ability to heal itself.

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners recognize that a patient is an integrated whole. When all of the body’s components are in balance, a person is complete and in total health.

 

Visceral Osteopathy

What is Visceral Osteopathy?

Visceral Osteopathy, also called visceral manipulation, addresses the relationship between the function and the structure among the internal organs and the musculoskeletal system. For example, whenever the body experiences any stress or strain, certain parts of it will tense up as a visceral response. Pain in a certain area of the body might be attributed to trauma occurring in another part of the body. Visceral Osteopathy helps locate the source of the pain and assists functional and structural imbalance throughout the body.

Visceral Osteopathy can help with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Whiplash and other physical trauma
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and hip pain
  • Incontinence
  • Back and neck pain
  • and more.

Visceral Osteopathy will help induce the natural mechanisms in the body to improve the functioning of the organs, reduce the effects of stress and enhance the overall general health of the body.

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Cranial Osteopathy

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is using a developed sense of touch to feel any changes of tension and tissue quality in the anatomy of the entire body (including the structures inside the head) in order to help diagnose any area of strain or dysfunction. It helps induce healing by using gentle pressure to manipulate the skeleton and connective tissues, with special focus on the skull and sacrum (the triangular bone at the base of the spinal column). This practice is based on the theory that the central nervous system (which includes the spinal cord and the brain) has subtle pulsations that are indicators for good health, and is detected by a skilled practitioner.

Cranial Osteopathy treatment is described as very gentle and relaxing. Over the course of treatment, you may find that sensations such as mild tension, sensitivity or aching will gradually dissipate.

Osteopathy During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the body goes through a tremendous amount of change to accommodate for the new life growing inside you. Many of these changes are an increase in weight, as well as a change in posture – which are the obvious changes. Some less obvious changes are the hormonal effects of the softening of the ligaments, as well as the position of the growing baby. A combination of all these physical changes can put additional pressure on your joints, and the muscles of your spine and pelvis.

Osteopathy treatments during pregnancy are aimed to help assist the natural progress of pregnancy by helping the body adapt and align to the changes in the body as the pregnancy progresses. These treatments are done using safe and efficient techniques, with the comfort of the mother being the top priority. These techniques are carefully catered to each individual in order to minimize any risk throughout the treatments.

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Benefits of Osteopathic Treatments

Osteopathy looks at the body as whole, rather than localizing specific parts of it because it centers on the belief that all parts of the body are interconnected and that they are all dependent on one another. Osteopathy boasts countless amounts of benefits, some of which are that it:

  • Removes the underlying cause of pain.
  • Increases the range of motion in the joints.
  • Treats spinal problems (due to poor posture or other causes).
  • Adapts to the hormonal and structural change in pregnancy.
  • Reduce scarring and adhesions as a result from accidents.
  • Treats or alleviates symptoms of chronic illnesses (such as asthma, arthritis etc.).
  • Increases blood circulation and reduces blood pressure.

Osteopathy is used to treat a variety of bodily issues. If you want to know if Osteopathy is the right treatment for you, contact us today.

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Osteopathy FAQs

What can Osteopathy help with?

By positively manipulating and balancing the nervous system (which is interconnected with all the other bodily systems), osteopathy can be helpful in treating a variety of conditions. Here are some conditions that can benefit from osteopathic treatment:

  • Musculoskeletal issues such as back, shoulder, arm, leg and hip pain
  • Concussions
  • Gastrointestinal complaints (i.e. constipation and acid reflux)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Accident injuries

Symptoms related to chronic conditions.

What techniques are used by osteopathic manual practitioners?

Osteopaths use gentle techniques and movements to encourage structural coordination and stability. These movements are usually repetitive and use the limbs to act as a central point to target all tissues of the body. This results in all the tissue in the area being affected such as the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and fascia. Also, these repetitive movements help encourage blood flow to enhance the healing process. Overall, it should be stressed that osteopaths do not impose treatment on the body, but rather encourage it to its optimal condition.

What can I expect on the first visit?

In your first visit, you are expected to go over your medical and health history with your osteopath, as well as have a discussion about what your needs are. An initial assessment will be done, which includes observing your posture and doing tests to determine where treatment will be mostly needed. In the remaining time of the appointment (if there is), a brief treatment will be given. From that point, follow up treatments will be scheduled.

How does this differ from chiropractic, massage therapy and physiotherapy?

Osteopathy is unique in its practice and its overall philosophy. It looks at the body as a whole, and determines how an imbalance may be the root cause of your problems. Osteopaths use gentle techniques that are considered integrative to the body, by incorporating muscles, ligaments, joints and fascia during the treatment. As an overall result, the body will be balanced, increasing stability and providing positive long-term effects.

What is the difference between manual and medical osteopathy?

Medical osteopathy is conducted by an osteopath that is medically trained and can prescribe medication. A manual osteopath is trained in the science of joint mobilization and soft tissue, which aims to enhance normal fluid flow in the body.

Is manual osteopathy a regulated health profession?

The practice of non-medical, manual osteopathy is not currently recognized as a regulated health profession under the Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act, or any other legislation.

Is manual osteopathy a regulated health profession?

The practice of non-medical, manual osteopathy is not currently recognized as a regulated health profession under the Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act, or any other legislation.

Is manual osteopathic practice and massage therapy covered by extended health insurance?

Yes. Health insurance companies do provide coverage for both osteopath treatments and massage therapy under the condition that the treatment is provided by a certified Osteopathic Practitioner that is a member of a recognized Osteopathic association. Each person’s health plan may vary, so check with your health care provider to find out if your benefits qualify for Osteopathic treatment.  
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