A manual therapy with a holistic approach, this gentle yet effective method treats and prevents injury and illness.
Based on the interconnectedness of the body’s many systems and structures, Manual Osteopathy aims to restore proper balance and function so the body can heal through its own natural processes.
Manual Osteopathic treatments performed here in our downtown Vancouver clinic are based on the philosophy that one’s physical, neurological, spiritual, and cognitive systems are interdependent, and that each structure in the body supports our overall wellbeing. When one is out of alignment or has restricted function, we are more likely to experience pain, illness, or injury.
Growing in popularity across Canada, Manual Osteopathy can effectively treat or prevent a broad range of issues in children and adults, from pain, discomfort and injury, to respiratory problems, digestive conditions, fatigue, and chronic diseases.
*Stuart Aberdein is an Osteopathic Practitioner with extensive training from Australia. He is a member in good standing with OsteopathyBC.
**Currently, Manual Osteopathic treatments are accepted by most insurance companies except for Canada Life and Great West Life Insurance. It is always best to check with your provider first.
***Please note that direct billing is not available for osteopathy treatments. Claims for osteopathy must be submitted manually.
Rather than viewing the body’s parts or symptoms separately, Manual Osteopathic Practitioners consider the overall alignment, function, and interdependence of joints, muscles and other soft tissues, spine, bones, nerves and organs. Unlike chiropractic treatments or physiotherapy that often include the use of various instruments or tools, Manual Osteopathy uses only gentle touch - palpation, stretches, manipulation, massage and intuitive movements - to restore balance in the body.
In each touch or movement, your practitioner is assessing and treating your body from head to toe (both the sum and its parts!) to restore optimal function and stimulate self-healing.
At the beginning of your appointment, your Osteopathic practitioner will consult your intake form and address your individual concerns, ensuring you are comfortable before proceeding with hands-on assessment and adjustments.
Manual osteopathy treatments are quite relaxing. A little more dynamic than a massage (and you’ll remain fully clothed) you can expect a nice stretch session where someone is doing all the work for you! While there are also some similarities to chiropractic treatments, you won’t experience any high-velocity manipulations of the spine, or cracking sounds.
Techniques that might be used in a manual osteopathy session include:
- Joint mobilizations
- Myofascial release
- Active release
- Trigger point release
For your first appointment please ensure that you have filled out your intake form. If you can, wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement. Eat a light snack before your appointment or have one handy in case you feel you need nourishment afterwards.
It’s common to feel deeply relaxed and peaceful after a session. Take time to stay present with these sensations as they carry forward into your day or evening.
It’s also important to stay well hydrated after a treatment. While it’s okay to carry on with your daily activities or exercise routine post-session, we recommend taking it easy. You may experience a little fatigue, and in some rare cases very mild flu-like symptoms (aching, headache) — all signs of your body’s natural healing and detoxification process.