Why consult an osteopath?
There are many reasons to consult an osteopath:
- Musculoskeletal pain (sciatica, cervical or back pain, tendonitis, capsulitis, bursitis, etc.)
- Sports injuries (sprains, luxation, post-operative recovery, tendonitis, etc.)
- Pregnancy-related pain/delivery preparation
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (jaw problem)
- Migraines or chronic headaches
- Energy loss/fatigue
- Scar work (post-surgery)
- Digestive problems (acid reflux, irregular transit, nausea, abdominal cramps, etc.)
- Urinary problems (recurrent cystitis, incontinence)
- Menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, insomnia, abdominal heaviness, etc.)
What Happens in a Session
A session starts with detailed questions about the reason for consulting. It includes questions about medical and surgical history, any trauma experienced, sports practised, daily life, quality of sleep, etc.
The osteopath conducts an assessment, including specific manipulations in order to identify movement restriction zones that can create pain.
A treatment plan is then established, taking into account the information collected during the assessment and the clinical examination. Although hands are the main tool for osteopathic treatment, the osteopath may at times use heat, cupping, and the gua sha technique.
In addition to manipulations and mobilizations, the osteopath often gives patients a list of exercises to improve flexibility, posture or muscle strength.
The number of sessions depends on the severity and chronicity of symptoms. Generally, three to five sessions are needed. However, symptoms are usually greatly reduced after the very first session.
A receipt is issued for insurance purposes.