What is an Osteopathic Manual Treatment (OMT)?

Osteopathy is a treatment philosophy which seeks to identify areas of the body that are restricted or constricted, then gently ease these restrictions so that normal function can resume.

Osteopathy Definition:

Osteopathy applies the knowledge of the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of the body, to all diseases, disorders and dysfunctions.  The tools osteopaths use are their hands.   Osteopathic manual practitioners use a gentle “hands-on” or “manual” approach, applied through osteopathic philosophy,  to identify the causative factor of the problem and restore order to all of the systems: musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, reproductive, or nervous system.

What is the goal of Osteopathic Manual Treatment (OMT)?

The goal of an osteopathic manual treatment is to restore the normal functioning of the affected areas of the body with somatic dysfunctions by stimulating a more appropriate healing process and interrelations between different systems of the human body (musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, pulmonary, digestive system etc).   The patient is assessed and treated as a whole unique unit.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach of manual medicine based on philosophical principles introduced by the founder of osteopathy Dr. A.T. Still.

What does a typical Osteopathic Manual Treatment (OMT) session consist of?

The initial visit will consist of a complete health history and consultation.   A full physical assessment will then be performed to determine where the dysfunction(s) lie in order to effectively treat the patient.

Each visit will begin with a brief assessment to understand how the body is responding and adapting to the treatment.   The body is always changing and adapting and so too must the treatment approach to efficiently allow the body to heal progressively.

Who can benefit from Osteopathic Manual Treatment (OMT)?

Absolutely anyone!  Because the treatments are so gentle and non-invasive, anyone from infants to the elderly can be treated.  Osteopathy is essentially manual medicine so any ailment, injury or disease can be treated with OMT.
Osteopathy can be used to treat a variety of issues and ailments, including but not limited to:

  • anxiety and depression
  • asthma
  • autoimmune issues
  • back pain
  • birth trauma
  • circulatory problems
  • digestive problems
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • general health care and prevention
  • hypertension
  • infant issues
  • infections
  • menstrual pain
  • migraines/headaches
  • newborn assessments
  • pregnancy and post-partum
  • stress related issues
  • vertigo
  • and much more…

An osteopath works to gently realign musculoskeletal system, investigating why there is a fault in the system framework and how it can be related to the physical problem and looking for the reasons behind it.  If you are looking for an Osteopath, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your First Visit

“What will my first visit be like?”

  • On your first visit, your therapist will sit down with you and listen carefully to your health history, your specific complaint, and any additional factors involved.
  • She will employ palpation techniques and/or physical testing as part of the assessment.
  • After your assessment, your therapist will explain the findings and work with you to design a suitable treatment approach.
  • It may include acupuncture, various manual modalities, therapeutic exercise, or a combination.
  • Your personal goals and preferences are factors in determining the right treatment approach.

“What results can I expect?”

  • Your personal goals and preferences are factors in determining the right treatment approach.
  • Your therapist will outline clear, attainable objectives relevant to your case, including realistic expectations.
  • But these are not limitations.  Though often downplayed, the single most important factor in your recovery is you and your innate ability to heal.

Insurance Coverage

Many insurance plans cover treatment by a qualified Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.  Payment is made at the time of treatment and a receipt will be provided in order for the patient to receive insurance claims.


Payments can be made by cash, personal cheque and all major credit cards.