Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Why Choose Osteopathic Manual Therapy?
Osteopathic manual therapists assess and treat your body as a whole, not just the sight of pain and symptoms. This is primarily because: pain and symptoms do not always express the true nature of the issue you are having. Often there is more than one factor contributing to the pain or symptoms you are experiencing.
Therefore osteopathic manual therapists must assess all the inter-related systems of the body to determine the exact mechanism of injury, thus allowing osteopathic manual therapists to be more effective and efficient in their treatment. To be inclusive of the whole body we have four main treatment techniques: soft tissue manipulation, osteopathic articular technique, cranial osteopathy and visceral manipulation. For a more explicit/detailed explanation of each area of treatment please go to this website: http://www.osteopathyontario.org and click on the heading Manual Osteopathic Treatment Methods in the About Osteopathy section.
Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (Manual Practice) Members’ Statement:
We are members in good standing of the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO)
As a member of the NSAO, we are not an Osteopathic Physician, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO, formerly Doctor of Osteopathy), nor do we practice Osteopathic Medicine
In Nova Scotia, Osteopathic Manual Practice is not regulated by the government, however the NSAO is actively seeking government regulation to protect the public and our profession
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are not members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia (CPSNS)
An Osteopathic Appointment
Your first appointment with an osteopathic manual therapist will consist of the following:
A full history taking:
This entails a complete history taking of your previous and current health status.
The osteopathic manual therapist will perform a physical evaluation to determine your condition and ensure that you are safe to receive osteopathic manual treatment.
Osteopathic manual therapists will assess the structures of your body for: mobility, position, vitality/quality of tissues and develop a treatment plan.
Together, you and your osteopathic manual therapist will review the results of your physical examination and determine the appropriate treatment plan for you.
Be sure to wear comfortable loose fitting clothes such as shorts and a T-shirt, tank top or sports bra.
Who Benefits from Osteopathy?
We treat all ages and many different conditions, however we see many patients who have plateaued with other treatments. These include chronic spinal conditions, headaches, TMD and post whiplash/ MVA. We also treat babies and children.
Here is a more comprehensive list of some of the common conditions we treat: