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Manual Osteopathy

Osteopathic Practitioners are extensively trained in the human sciences, the interrelationships of all bodily systems and the art of assisting alignment, organic function, neurovascular health, and circulation of all body fluids. Our approach is unique because we combine a detailed knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, with the philosophy of osteopathic healthcare. We aim to find the root cause of your pain and not just treat the symptoms.

Osteopathic Practitioners view the body as a whole functioning unit. Osteopathic practitioners appreciate that the body has the potential to heal itself, and we are trained to assist in optimizing this potential using a wide variety of manual techniques. We focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs work with each other.

Osteopathy is a safe and effective patient centred manual therapy which works in combination with the individuals own homeostatic mechanisms to help restore balance and optimal health. It works with the understanding that the way the body is able to function is inseparable from the way it is structured. All aspects of the body must work together to maintain health and the osteopathic approach is able to address the person as a whole to improve not only structure and therefore function but overall health and wellbeing.

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Osteopathic Practitioners

Osteopathic Practitioners support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health by using skilled palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs.

The World Health Organization, in its 2010 report on Osteopathy, recognized osteopathy as distinct from other healthcare professions that utilize manual techniques, such as physiotherapy and chiropractic, despite some overlap in the techniques and interventions employed.

History and Techniques

Discovered and developed in the late 1900’s by American physician Dr. Andrew Still, osteopathy is a holistic approach which seeks to remove obstructions to the body’s innate self-regulating abilities.

What makes osteopathy unique is the highly refined sense of palpation which the practitioner develops over many years and uses, along with biomechanical analysis and other tests and techniques, to assess and treat the whole body.


Manual Osteopathy, as practiced in Canada by manual osteopathic practitioners, is a type of manual therapy (meaning we use our hands to assess as well as treat) which aims to restore optimal function in the body. This goal is achieved by the use of the manual osteopath’s highly refined sense of touch that is developed over many years of training.

Osteopathic techniques offered:

Craniosacral Therapy – addresses the vitality and mobility of the dural membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect the brain and spinal cord and influence nutrient exchange at a cellular level throughout the entire body.

Myofascial Release Techniques – treats restrictions of the muscles, fascia and connective tissues, normalizing these important structural tissues.

Osteoarticulations – gentle manipulation of joints through muscle energy techniques (MET) and specific articulation techniques (SAT) which relieves restriction, corrects malalignments, and restores proper motion.

Visceral Manipulation – gentle but direct work to the organs and viscera and their ligamentous/ fascial attachments to relieve pain and improve function.

Lymphatic – on special request only or as required. Not a stand alone.

Treatment types:

Osteo Initial Assessment – 90 minutes $225

Osteo Follow-up session – 60 Minutes $135

Osteo Follow-up session – 90 minutes $200

Insurance Companies

Manual Osteopathic Therapists are members with the CMMOTA. Some patients will have billing privileges with the following insurance companies where they have manual osteopathic coverage:

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Saskatchewan Blue Cross
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • Manitoba Blue Cross
  • Manulife
  • Greenshield
  • Equitable
  • Sunlife
  • Desjardin Insurance
  • The Co-Operators
  • Johnston Group
  • Chamber of Commerce Insurance
  • Maximum Benefits
  • Claimxchange
  • Group Medical Services (GMS)
  • Equitable Life
  • NexGenRX (direct billed on claimXchange)
  • Empire Life
  • Canadian Benefit Providers