WHAT HAPPENS DURING AN OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT?


During your initial consultation at the Nature’s Intentions Naturopathic Clinic, our osteopath will have you fill in a complete Patient Case History outlining the state of health and the reason for the consultation. These questions will assist the osteopathic doctor in determining the cause of your problem and the treatment necessary.

Please do come in with comfortable clothing and you may need to wear a patient gown at the clinic for the evaluation of your posture, observing tension zones and lines of gravity.

Treatments may include a range of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body's healing process. Our osteopathic doctor will explain to you what will be involved in any treatment. Treatments are administered once every one or two weeks. This is to allow the body to adapt to treatment.


What Is the Cost of an Osteopathic Manual Practice Treatment?

The initial visit is $100 + HST, and the subsequent visits are $60 + HST.


Do I Need a Prescription to Receive Treatment?

A prescription from a Medical Professional is not necessary unless it is required by your Insurance Company.


What Is the Duration of a Treatment and How Many Are Necessary?

A treatment session can vary depending on the nature of the problem and the general state of the patient. Generally, a treatment can last from 45 to 60 minutes. The number of treatments required to obtain expected results can vary according to the nature of the problem and its associated conditions.


Is the Cost Covered by Provincial Insurance or Private Insurance?

Most extended health insurance does cover osteopathic medicine. Please check with your health care provider.

All receipts from clinic are eligible for tax deductions if you do not have private insurance. If your private insurance company does not cover 100% of the fees, the difference can be claimed on your income tax return. It is your insurance company’s responsibility to issue a statement of fees not covered as the clinic will not issue a second receipt.


What Is the Difference Between Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

The differences between Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy are based at the basic levels of diagnosis.

Physiotherapy follows traditional medical approaches of compartmentalizing illness and pain whereas Osteopathy and Chiropractic are both 'alternative' medical models in that they are truly holistic, treating each patient as an individual, and applying their own methods of diagnosis, and therefore treatment to each case. Osteopathy follows the philosophy of "Treat the patient, not the disease". It does not focus on treating the symptoms but in discovering the source of the dis-equilibrium.

At the Nature's Intentions Naturopathic Clinic, our osteopath combines osteopathic, naprapathic medicine and craniosacral therapy in the treatment sessions inorder to provide you with a complete spectrum of manual therapy healing.


Does it Hurt?

Osteopathic treatments are not usually painful though the nature of the presenting condition may be such that some discomfort cannot be avoided. Most techniques are extremely gentle. In devising the treatment plan, the osteopathic doctor will take into account the nature of the condition, symptoms and the patient's general health and concerns and not perform a procedure on a patient unless the patient gives consent to proceed.


Treatment techniques include:

  • Osteoarticular corrections - gentle realignment of the bones

  • Visceral mobilization - gentle mobilization of the organs of the body

  • Cranial osteopathy - gentle movement of the bones of the skull

  • Normalization of myofascial tension restoring normalcy in the muscles and surrounding tissue

  • Muscle energy - creation of muscle relaxation through muscle contraction

  • Strain counterstrain - method of relaxing and re-positioning joints

Progressive changes result from working at a physical, mental and emotional level.


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