What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit, a complete health history will be conducted including your previous and current medical and physical conditions, followed by a full assessment; upon which a plan will be discussed. It is preferable for you to wear loose and comfortable clothing for all treatment sessions. It is typical to require more than one treatment to resolve any problems. (In order to reserve a time slot that works for you, it is suggested to book 2 to 3 follow-up appointments after your initial visit).
How often do I need to be treated?
The frequency of recommended treatments is based on your assessment. Adequate time between visits is required to allow your body to integrate the changes that occur from one treatment to the next. If you are booking an initial consult, it is always recommended to book 2 or 3 appointments one to two weeks apart so that if follow ups are required, you already have appointments booked that are in a timely manner. You can always cancel them if they are no longer necessary.
Does Osteopathic Manual Treatments require a Doctor's referral?
A referral is usually not needed to see an osteopathic manual practitioner; however, your health plan insurer may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan provider directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements.
Is Osteopathy covered by benefits?
As a member of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO), most insurance benefit companies cover osteopathic services with me. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan provider directly—to find out restrictions, requirements and claims available to you prior to your first appointment.
How do I pay for my treatment?
For your convenience most types of payment are accepted including Tap, Debit, Visa, Mastercard, cash, cheque or E-transfer. A receipt will be emailed to you following your treatment with information - such as a billing number - for you to use for your insurance claims.
The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874. The term "osteopathy" was coined by Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO. Still was a physician and surgeon, Kansas state and territorial legislator, a free state leader, and one of the founders of Baker University, who lived near Baldwin City, Kansas at the time of the American Civil War. In Baldwin, he developed the practice of osteopathy.
Still named his new school of medicine "osteopathy," reasoning that "the bone, osteon, was the starting point from which [he] was to ascertain the cause of pathological conditions." Still founded the American School of Osteopathy (now A.T. Still University of the Health Sciences) in Kirksville, Missouri, for the teaching of osteopathy on 10 May 1892. While the state of Missouri granted the right to award the MD degree, he remained dissatisfied with the limitations of conventional medicine and instead chose to retain the distinction of the DO degree.
“Osteopathy is the knowledge of the structure, relation and function of each part of the human body applied to the correction of whatever interferes with its harmonious operation.” – George V. Webster, D.O., 1921
Osteopathy is considered a natural medicine which aims to restore the functions of the body by treating the main cause of imbalances and pain. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP) restores, maintains, improves and integrates the inter-related structures, systems and processes in order to improve the natural healing abilities of the body. With the use of methodical assessments and treatment plans, the OMP uses specific techniques to gently remove constrictions and restrictions within the body's tissues to reduce pain, swelling, strains, sprains and imbalances etc. in order to bring the body back into a state of balance and health.