Osteopathy - Victoria BC | Pure Body Health

Osteopathy in Downtown Victoria, BC

Osteopathy is a safe and effective patient centred manual therapy which works in combination with the individual's own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore balance and optimal health. It works with the understanding that the way the body is able to function is inseparable from the way it is structured. Osteopathic Practitioners support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using skilled palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs.

Osteopathic Deep Relaxation Massage: Experience a powerful physical and mental relaxation treatment that calms the nervous system and releases muscle tension. Deep Relaxation Massage includes a guided Body Scan to recenter your awareness, and restore a grounded connection to your physical self. The massage techniques are based on Osteopathic Medicine principles and are customized to the individual. Light and firm rhythmic strokes and gentle mobilization improves tissue health, body re-connection and the release of old patterns. Without effort you can let go into a deep meditative state that promotes healing of mind and spirit.

Osteopathy Benefits

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

What to expect

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.

Conditions Osteopathy Can Help

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


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

Osteopathy 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