How does an Osteopathic Manual Treatment work?
Osteopathic treatment looks at the body as a whole. We look for compensating patterns and for the root reason behind your complaint (it is often not the same place you are experiencing pain/discomfort). Treatment’s aim is to remove “obstructions” (eg. inappropriate muscle tension or changes in the position of boney structures…) so that blood, nerves, and lymphatics can reach target tissues to heal and allow for proper drainage. We are essentially helping put your body in the best place to allow it to heal itself.
What should I expect from treatment?
Treatment overall is a gentle repositioning of the body. We work with your body instead of fighting against it. This is not your typical “No pain, No gain” type of treatment. If at any point during treatment you are uncomfortable for any reason please let me know.
What should I expect after treatment?
It is normal to be tired after treatment, so please be kind to yourself. It is often encouraged to go for a walk after treatment so that your body can get used to its ne place in space. Some people may find a slight increase in their pain/symptoms before they improve. This is totally normal as your body had to adjust to the changes and normally resolves in a day or two. As with any sort of hands on treatment it is recommended to drink some extra water for the rest of the day.
What should I wear during a treatment?
It is best to come wearing loose comfortable clothing so that you can move are also relax during your treatment.
How long is a treatment?
Initial assessment appointments are roughly 45 minutes. This allows for time to go through your health history with you and, if it is appropriate to move through the osteopathic structural assessment and treatment. Follow up treatments are 20-45 minutes long depending on what the body allows that day. *The hands-on portion of a treatment is never longer than 30 minutes. Too much treatment can overwhelm the body’s ability to cope and can actually be counterproductive*
Is treatment covered by my Insurance?
Osteopathic Manual Treatment is covered by most extended health insurance, check your individual policy to confirm. Treatment is not covered by OHIP
- if you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me