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Osteopathy is a drug-free non-invasive manual medicine technique that focuses on total body wellness by treating and strengthening the viscera (organs), cranial system, joints, as well as the musculoskeletal system. Techniques include stretching, gentle pressure, and resistance, known as osteopathic manipulative medicine.

What are the conditions that osteopathy is effective for?


Osteopathic support may be helpful to support athletic performance and recovery from injuries including tennis or golfers elbow, low back pain, tendonitis and concussions.



Research shows that osteopathic treatment may reduce the severity of IBS-like symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease in patients in remission.Compared to baseline, the severity of fatigue was also significantly reduced in those receiving osteopathy.1,2


Osteopathy may have a positive influence on the incidence of obstructive apneas during sleep in infants with a previous history of obstructive apnea as measured by polysomnograph.


A systematic review and meta-analysis of 15 randomized controlled trials found osteopathic manual therapy (OMT) is just as effective as standard medical care or physiotherapy in treating chronic back pain and is may be able to reduce the use of pain medication.4,5


Osteopathic therapy may be beneficial for those who experience migraines. The use of 8 osteopathic sessions over a 6-month period has been shown to significantly reduces the use of drugs,pain, and disability.4
baby, hands, fingers


Osteopathic care has been found to reduce hospital time and help premature infants gain weight more rapidly improving their ability to thrive. This is important to the overall cost of health care on the government-funded system.5,6


  • Arthritis
  • Back, Sciatica & Neck Pain
  • Concussions
  • Digestive Concerns
  • Foot, Ankle, Hip & Knee pain
  • Golfers/Tennis Elbow
  • Hand & Shoulder Pain
  • Headaches
  • ITB (Iliotibial Band) Syndrome
  • Nervous, Circulatory & Lymphatic Concerns
  • Post-Partum Care
  • Postural Problems
  • Pregnancy
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Sleep Concerns
  • Sports Injuries
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular) Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Work Strain


Your osteopath will meet with you to review your overall health and perform a physical exam with simple stretches and movements to help make an accurate analysis of your posture,  joints, ligaments, tissues, and mobility. A treatment plan will then be recommended that will consist of a designated number of treatments tailored to you. Osteopathy emphasizes self-healing, so an osteopathic physician may also advise dietary changes, home exercise programs, and lifestyle adjustments. The manipulation and hands-on work are gentle, but due to the physical work being carried out, a patient of osteopathy may feel sore for the first 24 to 48 hours.

  • Osteopaths focus on whole-health wellness and the fascia that connects the musculoskeletal system using gentle physical movements to restore the body’s innate ability to heal. Osteopaths may also recommend exercise prescription, dietary advice, and health education.
  • Chiropractors focus on the position of the spine and joints, mainly using adjustment techniques to the vertebrae of the spine with the aim of improving nerve function and healing ability. In addition, they may use electrotherapy, shockwave therapy, exercise prescription, and health education.
  • Physiotherapists focus on the musculoskeletal system by using joint mobilization, kinesiology, electrotherapy shockwave therapy, exercise prescription, and health education

Yes, osteopathy can complement other therapeutic approaches. In the treatment of certain conditions like depression, anxiety or hormone imbalance, an osteopath may refer to other health professionals including naturopaths, MDs, counsellors or other.

Osteopathic services may is covered by your extended health care insurance provider under the designated practitioner that you receive your treatment by. Please check with your insurance company for details. A receipt will be provided for your care to submit to your provider.

The number of visits required and reassessment visits vary depending on the severity and duration of your concerns.You may require weekly visits until you improve and then wellness every 6 months to maintain your health.


  1. Bronlinson PG, McGinley S, Kerger S, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and the Athlete, Current Sports MedicineReports. 7(1):49-56, Jan-Feb 2008
  2. Piche T, Pishvaie D, Tirouvaziam D, Osteopathy reduces the severity of IBS-like symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease in patients in remission, European J of Gastro & Hepat, Dec 2014; 26:12; 132-1398
  3. Vandenplas Y, Denaver E ,Vermet T, et al, Osteopathy may decrease obstructive apnea in infants: a pilot study, Osteopathic Medicine and Primary Care, 2008, volume 2: 
  4. Franke H, Franke JD, Fryer G, Osteopathic manipulative treatment for nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis, BMC Musculoskelet Disord (Systematic review & meta-analysis) 15(1):286.
  5. Gunnar BJ, Andersson, MD, Ph.D., Lucente T, MPH, et al, A comparison of osteopathic spinal manipulation with standard care for patients with low back pain. Randomize controlled trial
  6. Cerritelli F, Ginevra L, Mesi G, et al, Clinical effectiveness of osteopathic treatment in chronic migraine: 3-Armedrandomized controlled trial. Complement Ther Med. 2015, 23:2, 149-15
  7. Cerritelli F, Pizzolorusso G, CiardeliF, et al, Effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment on length of stay in a population of preterm infants: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Pediatrics 2013, 13:65
  8. Cerritelli F, Pizzolorusso G, Renzetti C, et al, A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Osteopathic ManipulativeTreatment on Preterms, PLoS ONE 19(5): e0127370
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