Osteopathy (or Manual Osteopathy) is a patient-centered approach to health that recognizes the body as a self-regulating unit in which function and structure interact with another. Osteopathy is guided by principles of relating to the patient as a whole. A well-trained osteopath has detailed knowledge in anatomy, physiology and biomechanics as well as a highly-skilled sense of touch. These skills help the osteopath in assessing and restoring balance between all body systems: musculo-skeletal (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia), cardiovascular (circulatory and vascular systems), neurological (nervous system), cranial (cranial bones and their connection to the sacrum), and visceral (organs). In health, the body seeks to maintain a balance within and between these systems.
By means of individually developed manual treatments, unrestricted mobility of all body structures is sought to support the natural healing process.
The osteopathic treatment is intelligent, gentle and painless. It is well suited for all ages.
The basic concept of osteopathy was discovered in 1874 by American Physician Dr. Andrew Taylor Still and is now practiced worldwide as a successful treatment method and being further developed on a scientific basis.
The Manitoba Government has lifted its mandatory closure of therapeutic services as of May 4, 2020. Here are our clinic rules:
- Please be on time, do not enter if you are too early. Instead, go for a little walk and enjoy the weather!
- Please sanitize your hands prior to entering the clinic (hand sanitizer will be provided)
- Appointments are spaced out so you can enter and exit our house without contact to other patients. All contact surfaces are getting sanitized between appointments.
- If you want to wear a mask, please do - I want you to feel safe. If you want me to wear a mask, please just say so. I have reusable cloth masks.
- As Mama already told me when I was a wee little man, "if you feel sick, you stay home and rest". If we can keep each other safe, we can return to a fairly normal life, and "wash your hands"!
- Look at worldwide statistics and form your own opinion here
About my approach
As a manual osteopath, I use various manual approaches to address the health of your connective tissue and therefore your health as a whole. My goal is not only to treat your complaints, but also to educate you on the mechanics of connective tissue and to make sure that you understand possible patterns of dysfunction and how your body is trying to deal with them.
To me, communication and trust between you and me is equally important as the application of therapeutic techniques. It is important that we understand each other as a team that tries to shine some light on your body’s complaints, instead of passively letting someone “fix” your body’s issues. My goal is to motivate you to take a look at your own life and gain responsibility in restoring and maintaining your own health.
Osteopathy is not magic, it rather is compassionately applied anatomy, with a practitioner that can listen and pay attention to you and your body. In this respect, it can support your body to restore balance and health. Osteopathy has many benefits as well as limitations, which I am very well aware of. No health care practice is a “cure all” because we, as living human beings, are much too complex for a “one for all”, generic approach. I constantly further my personal education based on new scientific discoveries in our field. The role of connective tissue has been believed to be of great significance in our health for many centuries. Only in the last two decades, scientific research has started to investigate deeper into what role connective tissue plays in the body’s ability to maintain health.
Although you might be diagnosed with the same condition as someone else, everybody responds differently to treatments. That holds true for all approaches of allopathic and complimentary medicine. This is why I create a personalized approach that is tailored to your specific needs and your medical and physical condition. I will be honest with you if I see limitations that might be better treated with other forms of therapy.
As an individual, as well as a Manual Osteopath, I am always open to concerns and suggestions. I see my practice as a collective approach to your health, communicating and collaborating with other practitioners as needed. I highly value the work of all other health care professionals and strongly believe that only a collaborative approach to health is a truly holistic approach, covering all angles of being human.
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Who can benefit?
• Newborns with latching issues, colic or tongue-tie •
• Children and Adolescents of all ages •
• Athletes •
• Pregnant women •
• Accident victims •
• People with chronic illness or pain who have not responded to other therapies •
• Adults with repetitive strain injuries •
• Seniors •
• Individuals with physical or mental challenges •
• Chronic musculoskeletal disorders:
Herniated discs, low back pain, sciatica, neck complaints, shoulder pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, general joint pain.
• Complaints after accidents and operations:
Sprains, whiplash, post-concussion syndrome (such as loss of focus and concentration, photosensitivity, sensitivity to sound), sports injuries, disc surgery, hip or knee prostheses, scars, etc.
• Circulatory and sensory disorders:
caused by muscular tension
• Complaints in the Cranium:
Chronic headaches, tension headaches, migraines, dizziness, chronic sinusitis, chronic otitis media, tinnitus, TMJ (jaw) problems, etc.
• Neurological diseases:
Insomnia, sleep onset or sleep maintenance issues (waking at night), difficulty concentrating, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, mild depression, chronic fatigue.
• Respiratory complaints:
Asthma, bronchitis, loss of voice, pressure in throat, shortness of breath.
• Complaints of digestive nature:
Chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, heartburn, acid reflux, chronic gastritis, diverticulitis, gallbladder pain, liver pain, upper abdominal bloating, pain within 30 minutes of eating.
• Complaints in the urogenital area:
Menstrual disorders, bladder weakness (incontinence), inability to empty bladder fully, chronic bladder infections, menstrual pain and other menstrual problems, dysfunction of the pelvic floor, infertility.
• Osteopathic care during pregnancy and after delivery
• Complaints in infancy and childhood:
Birth trauma, colic, problems with breastfeeding (i.e. tongue tie), sleep difficulties, torticollis, plagiocephaly, difficulty concentrating (learning problems, dyslexia), accompanying therapy for orthodontic appliances (i.e. braces), Osgood-Schlatters disease, etc.
• Vegetative disturbances:
Nervousness, lack of energy, tightness or pressure in the chest.
• Last but not least: For the general optimization of all bodily functions and thus for the prevention of new problems •
Unsure if Osteopathy could help you? Just ask!
A gentle way of helping your body to normalize. Includes visceral manipulation, cranialsacral approach, myofascial release etc.
Suited for all stages of life.
More specific applications for growing children from the age of 1 to 12ish
Osteopathy for babies offers specific gentle treatments for newborns and toddlers.
From ages 0-2 years.
At a time of massive physical, hormonal and emotional reorganization, Osteopathy can help going through all stages a bit more comfortably.
Helps your body adjust correctly during pregnancy and after delivery. From 14th week of pregnancy on.
Osteopathy through all stages
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Your first appointment
On your first visit we will take a complete review of your issues. A medical history form has to be completed. After talking about your aches, pains and complaints, some assessment will be needed to determine the course of the approach to get you better.
What you should bring:
- Comfortable clothing (i.e. comfy shorts or yoga pants)
- Results from MRI, CT, X-ray or other medical reports
- Notes from referring caregivers (Physician, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Athletic Therapist, OT, etc.)
- IF YOU BRING AN INFANT OR YOUNG CHILD, please bring their favourite book, toy, blanket, etc.
The frequency of treatments is based on findings from the initial treatment.
Adequate time is allotted between each treatment, allowing your body to integrate the changes made.
Feel free to download a patient history form here:
Fees, Payments & Insurance
All treatments are priced at $95 per treatment.
Your treatment will last between 50-75 minutes.
Forms of payment:
Cash, Cheque or E-Transfer (to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Insurance Coverage -
Massage Therapy - All insurances, depending on plan coverage
Manual Osteopathy - Manitoba Blue Cross, Manulife, Sirius Health Solutions, Chambers of Commerce, Co-Operators, Johnston Group, Coughlin & Associates, Desjardins, Equitable Life, Sunlife, Greenshield, SSQ, RBC, Industrial Alliance (IA), Maximum Benefit, Olympia Benefits.
You can cancel your appointment online, by phone, e-mail or in person 24 hours prior to your treatment. Failing this 24-hour-cancellation notice may result in a full treatment fee. Missed appointments without notice will be charged the full treatment price. This fee is to be paid prior to your next scheduled appointment. Consideration will be given upon circumstance.