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Osteopathy is a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of their palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the joints and soft tissues using a wide variety of therapeutic hands-on techniques.

Treatments are characterised by a gentle, listening approach which supports and encourages the natural ability of the body to self-regulate and self-heal. In addition to reducing pain the practitioner seeks to restore function, allowing you to keep doing the things you love, to discover greater freedom in your movements and to experience more ease in your world.

The Osteopathic philosophy provides the Practitioner with a unique outlook and approach to your body, which can help illuminate and treat the factors affecting long standing, chronic or persistently recurring pain and musculoskeletal problems.

Osteopathy is also suitable for those who pre- or postoperative, or have suffered an acute injury and want help in shortening recovery time and regaining their function.

All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.

Osteopathy is drug and surgery free. It optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself and achieve balance. Benefits include:

  • Pain relief
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased circulation
  • Trauma healing
  • Hormonal balance
  • Decreased stress and tension
  • Improved posture

Patients may choose to come for General Osteopathic Treatments, a whole body therapy that promotes overall wellness and relaxation, or for an in-depth evaluation and follow up appointments in order to tackle specific or complex musculoskeletal issues.

What to expect in a treatment?

Your Osteopathic Practitioner will take a detailed health history to understand the various factors contributing to your complaint. She will complete a whole body assessment and focus on particular regions as required. Treatment is a series of hands-on techniques to release tension, restore balance, and integrate the multiple systems of the body.

Treatments are performed either through thin, loose clothing (such as shorts or leggings) or with the patient in underwear which allows for a more thorough assessment of posture, spinal curves and tissue quality. Please wear or bring appropriate clothes to your treatments.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments necessary for a particular complaint, condition, or symptom varies. As osteopathy works to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself, every Osteopathic Practitioner strives to minimize the number of treatments needed, and often suggests a period of time between treatments for full integration.

What is a General Osteopathic Treatment ?

A General Osteopathic Treatment is a whole body therapy that brings balance, ease, movement, health and restoration to the whole system. Throughout each session, the practitioner will continuously and rhythmically mobilize each part of the body with gentle articular techniques and movement of soft tissues.

This promotes bodily circulation of fluids and improves free nerve impulses by removing stiffness and blockages in the entire system. This allows the body to regain its natural mobility and balance and restores normal healthy function. The whole body’s self-healing and self-regulating potential becomes improved and sustained.

General Osteopathic Treatments are suitable if :

  • You may not be suffering with acute or chronic symptoms at present, but are looking for preventative treatments to keep you body healthy.
  • You have high stress levels, sleep problems or nervous system exhaustion.
  • You are recommended a longer or more integrative follow-up session by your Practitioner.

What is a Full Osteopathic Evaluation?

If you are a new patient or have specific issues and concerns to address, we may take 30-45 minutes of your initial session for a Full Osteopathic Evaluation.

  • Includes a 30-45 minute Osteopathic consultation and evaluation of your posture, movement and tissue health; this allows time to understand your medical history, symptoms, challenges, and treatment goals. It includes an in-depth and focused assessment of your areas of concern and a determination of how osteopathic manual therapy may help you.
  • A full evaluation also makes for an excellent check-up of your whole body health, and may illuminate connections and areas where greater health and mobility can be encouraged.
  • Depending on the complexity of your concern and appropriateness of treatment, around 30 minutes of Osteopathic Therapy is included, and a custom-made treatment plan offered including referral to additional modalities such as osteopathy and Acupuncture if beneficial for your case.

Osteopathic Practitioners treat a wide variety of health problems throughout the whole body including the musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous and visceral system. They do not just treat the symptoms or areas of complaint, they treat the individual as a whole functional unit.

Osteopathic treatment is suitable for people of all ages, who :

  • Are looking for support in resolving acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Wish to improve their flexibility and movement, enhancing physical or sports performance.
  • Spend a lot of time living in a high-stress or busy mode, and wish to rebalance their nervous system to promote a restful and restorative state of being.
  • Want to take preventative measures to improve their health.

Osteopathic Practitioners can help if you are experiencing problems such as:

  • Neck and back pain and tension
  • Headaches
  • Sleep or energy issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Concussion
  • Injuries from car accidents
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Digestive, respiratory or menstrual problems
  • Pre and post-natal support
  • Jaw dysfunction

TOTAL Contraindications

MEDICAL EMERGENCIES (requiring First Aid and/or send to Doctor/hospital):

Anaphylaxis, Appendicitis, Cerebrovascular Accident (Stroke), Diabetic coma, Insulin shock, Epileptic seizure, Myocardial infarction (heart attack), Pneumothorax, Atelectasis, Severe asthma attack, Syncope (fainting), Contagious diseases, Significant fever (101F or 38.3C and higher), Shock (all types), Thyroid storm, Undiagnosed tumours or lumps, Acute intracranial hemorrhage, Recent skull fracture.

When you have any of these conditions, please do not book an appointment:

Systemic Contraindications
  • Diabetes Mellitus 1 or 2 with advanced heart or kidney disease or advanced vascular complications (atherosclerosis and/or advanced hypertension)
  • Severe and unstable high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fever
  • Sudden onset of severe undiagnosed headache
  • Undiagnosed mole(s)
  • Undiagnosed lump
  • Advanced organ failure
  • Pitting edema – heart, kidney, cancer
  • Contagious or Infectious Diseases/Conditions
  • Chronic active hepatitis
  • Severe atherosclerosis/arteriosclerosis
  • Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia or toxemia in pregnancy
  • Hemophilia
  • Hemorrhage or any bleeding internally (not menses)
  • Cor Pulmonale
  • Endocarditis/pericarditis (infective and non-infective)
  • Any Unstable conditions e.g. (post Cerebrovascular accident and post myocardial infarction)
  • Aneurisms deemed life threatening, thrombophlebitis or arteritis
  • Acute Emphysema
  • Acute Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary edema/hypertension
  • Hypoxemia
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Lung abscess or tumour
  • Intoxication – Drugs and/or Alcohol
  • Acute Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Coma
  • Sepsis
  • Ascites
  • Severe unexplained internal pain
  • Inherited Connective Tissue Disorders i.e. Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mixed connective tissue disease, Marfans syndrome
  • Hyper/hypo glycemic (stupor/confusion/inappropriate behaviour)
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Positive occlusion signs
  • Recent skull fracture
  • High risk pregnancy: can be both general and local depending on the symptoms
  • Inflammatory conditions of the skin (may be local as well)
  • Parasitic infections
  • Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis
  • Acute Psoriatic arthritis
  • Impetigo, staphylococcal, scalded skin syndrome, folliculitis, carbuncles
  • Cellulitis (bacterial)
  • Erysipelas
  • Scarlet fever
  • Bacteremia (blood stream infections)
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis (sometimes called flesh-eating disease)
  • Sepsis (blood infection) and meningitis (infection of the fluid and lining surrounding the brain) in newborns

LOCAL Contraindications

The osteopathic practitioner can massage but not over any areas affected by:

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Cuts
  • Abrasions
  • Sunburn
  • Local contagious/infectious conditions
  • Acute flare-up of inflammatory arthritides (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus
  • Erthematosus, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Reiter’s Syndrome
  • Cancer (highly metastic) – may be an absolute C.I. to the whole body depending on case
  • Radiation therapy during treatment
  • Phlebitis
  • Severe varicose veins
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Thromboangiitis Obliterans (Buerger’s disease)
  • High Risk Pregnancy
  • Acute Neuritis
  • Acute Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Meningitis
  • Severe Causalgia
  • Esophageal varicosities
  • Acute Raynaud’s
  • Acute and subacute goiter
  • Any undiagnosed internal bleeding
  • Severe unexplained internal pain
  • Acute Ulcerative Colitis / Crohn’s disease
  • Venomous bites or stings
  • Hypothermia
  • Acute Diarrhea
  • Inflammatory conditions of the skin (may be general)
  • Cellulites (skin)
  • Stasis Dermatitis
  • Superficial fungal infections (ringworm)
  • Viral infections – warts (may be general)
  • Acute psoriasis
  • Open wounds/sores or acute or infected scar Recent burn
  • Local irritable skin conditions
  • Frostbite
  • Open wound, sore, decubitus ulcers
  • Skin cancer
  • Warts

MEDICAL Contraindications

osteopath can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the below cases it is best to have advice from your physician. osteopathic practitioner, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

If you suffer from any of the following conditions, osteopath can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician:

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
  • Edema
  • Psoriasis or eczema
  • Unmonitored high blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Nervous or psychotic conditions
  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
  • Epilepsy
  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
  • Gynecological infections