Osteopathy is a manual therapy which aims to improve health across all body structures. In other words, osteopathy considers that there is an interdependence between the structure of the body and the way it functions. The osteopathic approach considers the patient in his totality and uses the body's own ability to self-regulate and heal itself. It can be both preventive and curative, but will not substitute medical attention nor other therapies if necessary or mandated. It is a drug-free, hands-on, non-invasive method of treatment.
Childbirth is one of life’s biggest traumas. In fact, during birth the baby’s skull undergoes very significant pressure due to the narrowness of the pelvis and the force of the pushes. Childbirth can lead to deformations and compressions of the baby’s skull that can later affect the child’s health.
Osteopathy can help with:
Osteopathy can help your child and/or teenager with:
In the absence of a medical cause for hypofertility, the osteopathic manual practitioner can work on specific cranial and pelvic structures, as well as restoring the mobility of the pelvis and the motility of the reproductive organs.
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful moments in a woman’s life. Each woman dreams to have the perfect pregnancy with no pain, no vomiting… This can be possible if the future mother’s body is able to effectively adapt to the weight gain, modified center of gravity, and baby’s growth.
The pain indicates that the body’s threshold to adapt to these changes has been exceeded, and acts as a warning signal.
The osteopath will identify and target the problem areas, and provide the mother with the means to adapt as much as possible to these physical changes.
Even with no pain present, it is advised to see an osteopath to ensure mobility of the pelvis, lumbars and diaphragm, which is essential to improve the conditions of delivery.
The osteopath can also provide childbirth preparation in addition to the midwife’s preparation.
It is advised to consult an osteopathic manual practitioner 6 weeks following delivery in order to rebalance the structures that were hardly used during the pregnancy and the delivery.
An osteopathic consultation has also been shown to optimize perineal rehabilitation.
An osteopath will also be able to intervene in the management of cesarean scars.
Osteopathy can help with:
As the body ages, its ligaments lose their elasticity and cartilage wears out, which can lead to motor difficulties, as well as articular pains. Through its practice, the osteopath can stabilize, slow down and improve pain and function. (Please note: osteopathy does not treat disease)
In addition to assisting with the issues listed on the “Adults” tab, osteopathy can help seniors with:
An athletic lifestyle at any level can subject the body to many strains that can cause discomfort and painful symptoms.
What is the purpose of an athletic osteopathic follow up?
What to expect during your consultation
Review of your medical history
This involves an examination of the patient’s background and the analysis of their supportive health file (radiography, CT scan, MRI, etc.). This is how we determine the where, since when and how the issue came about.
The first step in the assessment is a general observation. The practitioner then carries out a series of medical tests (orthopedic, neurological, etc.) if necessary. The last part of the assessment consists of performing osteopathic tests on the different anatomical regions of the body. At the end of these tests, the osteopath provides a specific osteopathic diagnosis to the patient.
The osteopathic manual practitioner will proceed with musculoskeletal, visceral and cranio-sacral treatments, as well as strengthening exercises, all adapted specifically for the patient to correct any imbalances which may be causing discomfort and/or pain.
Once the session is over, the practitioner will provide advice and guidance on diet, posture, sports practices, etc. They will also provide you with an osteopathic treatment plan. It is recommended to avoid exercise (sport, DIY projects, excessive activity, etc.) for 48 hours following the session and it is essential to keep well hydrated.