Osteopathy

Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole to understand the causes and treatment of health issues. Many recent injuries or chronic conditions may be helped by osteopathic care. 

Examples of conditions (not limited to) that osteopathy assists in treating:
• Sports injuries
• Chronic pain
• Asthma
• Sinusitis
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Sciatica/SI joint pain
• Urinary Incontinence
• Headaches
• Migraines
• Insomnia/sleep difficulties
• TMJ/jaw pain
• Digestive problems-Irritable bowel/constipation/bloating
• Anxiety/Stress
• Post Concussion Syndrome

What should I wear to my osteopathy appointments?

Loose, lightweight clothing is recommended during treatments. To evaluate your skin/spine a sports bra/bra/tank top is helpful for women. All treatments with be done at the comfort of the patient.

What can I expect during my osteopathy initial appointment (1 hour )?

•  Health History: Your current health symptoms as well as your lifestyle and past medical history will be discussed. Osteopathy is based on a philosophy that the body and mind is a functional unit. So not one system or part of the body acts in isolation. To identify the underlying cause of your health symptoms and rule out serious pathology, it is important to have a thorough understanding of your health history which might relate to your mental health in some cases. The body has to adapt to physical stresses, injuries, traumas, and emotional stresses that we experience throughout our lifetime. Your current pain/discomfort may be a sign of the body’s difficult adapting further.
Observation of Gait and Posture
Hands-on assessment: A physical assessment will be conducted to help determine primary problem areas (somatic strains that may ultimately affecting your body’s ability to adapt). A hands on assessment through palpation and gentle mobility testing of various body structures to evaluate joint biomechanics, tissue restrictions, tone and mobility. Functional strength and range of motion testing may be used as well.
• Upon completion of the assessment, The treatment plan will be discussed with the patient.
• Referral to medical doctor is mandatory(eg. blood work, x-rays) if there is any indication from your symptoms/assessment that further testing is needed prior to osteopathic treatment.
• Initial treatment-hands on evaluation and prioritize what areas to treatment first. The areas that get treated help to release pain from the main area that is causing pain. This pattern of treatment comes from the science behind “Referral pain”.

What to expect on follow up treatments (1 hour)?
Our therapists approach to treatment is holistic in nature. Treatment is individualized and focused on freeing up areas that lack mobility to help the body function optimally.
It is important to understand that the areas that are not mobile are not always where the symptoms are experienced. Each treatment session, therapists re-assesses areas and evaluates how the body has adapted to previous treatment. Manual Osteopaths incorporates osteopathic techniques and philosophy into treatment sessions.
• Review of changes in medical history/symptoms
• Quick re-assessment active testing and hands on assessment
• Treatment including local, regional, global integration
Active participation:
You may be asked during treatment to focus on breathing or do active movements.
There is a “silent dialogue” between the osteopathic manual practitioners hands and patients tissues during treatment. Because of this there are times when it is best to not speak during treatment.

What to expect immediately after treatment?
24-72 hours post-treatment is the body’s integration period. During this time, it is common to feel more soreness, fatigue, muscle tension, headaches. Sometimes people experience a temporary exacerbation of symptoms. The body is integrating the treatment and changes during this time. It is important during this time to keep activity light and hydrated to help with integration.
It is also recommended you refrain from other treatment modalities during this integration period (eg. massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment)
Follow up appointments are not scheduled before 1 week following treatment to allow the body to integrate.

How many treatments do I need?

The goal of osteopathy is to help facilitate the innate healing ability of the body. Osteopathy is not symptom or condition focused rather it involves treatment of the whole person to help restore natural balance. Because of this, individuals often do not experience significant changes until after 4-5 sessions while longer standing problems often require more treatment. The longer you have been experiencing a problem, the longer it may take to resolve.

Insurance Coverage
Osteopathic treatment fees are eligible for coverage under most extended health benefit plans.

Osteopathy

Osteopathy looks at the body as a whole to understand the causes and treatment of health issues. Many recent injuries or chronic conditions may be helped by osteopathic care. 

Examples of conditions (not limited to) that osteopathy assists in treating
• Sports injuries
• Chronic pain
• Asthma
• Sinusitis
• Back pain
• Neck pain
• Sciatica/SI joint pain
• Urinary Incontinence
• Headaches
• Migraines
• Insomnia/sleep difficulties
• TMJ/jaw pain
• Digestive problems-Irritable bowel/constipation/bloating
• Anxiety/Stress
• Post Concussion Syndrome
What should I wear to my osteopathy appointments?
Loose, lightweight clothing is recommended during treatments. To evaluate your skin/spine a sports bra/bra/tank top is helpful for women. All treatments with be done at the comfort of the patient. 


What can I expect during my osteopathy initial appointment (1 hour )?
Health history: Your current health symptoms as well as your lifestyle and past medical history will be discussed. To identify the underlying cause of your health symptoms and rule out serious pathology, it is important to have a thorough understanding of your health history which might relate to your mental health in some cases. The body has to adapt to physical stresses, injuries, traumas, and emotional stresses that we experience throughout our lifetime. Your current pain/discomfort may be a sign of the body’s difficult adapting further.
Observation of Gait and Posture 
Hands-on assessment: A physical assessment will be conducted to help determine primary problem areas (somatic strains that may ultimately affecting your body’s ability to adapt). A hands on assessment through palpation and gentle mobility testing of various body structures to evaluate joint biomechanics, tissue restrictions, tone and mobility. Functional strength and range of motion testing may be used as well.
• Upon completion of the assessment, The treatment plan will be discussed with the patient.
• Referral to medical doctor is mandatory(eg. blood work, x-rays) if there is any indication from your symptoms/assessment that further testing is needed prior to osteopathic treatment.
• Initial treatment-hands on evaluation and prioritize what areas to treatment first. The areas that get treated help to release pain from the main area that is causing pain. This pattern of treatment comes from the science behind “Referral pain”.

What to expect on follow up treatments (1 hour)?
Our therapists approach to treatment is holistic in nature. Treatment is individualized and focused on freeing up areas that lack mobility to help the body function optimally.
It is important to understand that the areas that are not mobile are not always where the symptoms are experienced. Each treatment session, therapists re-assesses areas and evaluates how the body has adapted to previous treatment. 

Active participation:
You may be asked during treatment to focus on breathing or do active movements.
There is a “silent dialogue” between the osteopathic manual practitioners hands and patients tissues during treatment. Because of this there are times when it is best to not speak during treatment.

What to expect immediately after treatment?
24-72 hours post-treatment is the body’s integration period. During this time, it is common to feel more soreness, fatigue, muscle tension, headaches. Sometimes people experience a temporary exacerbation of symptoms. The body is integrating the treatment and changes during this time. It is important during this time to keep activity light and hydrated to help with integration.
It is also recommended you refrain from other treatment modalities during this integration period (eg. massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment)
Follow up appointments are not scheduled before 1 week following treatment to allow the body to integrate.

How many treatments do I need?
The goal of osteopathy is to help facilitate the innate healing ability of the body. Osteopathy is not symptom or condition focused rather it involves treatment of the whole person to help restore natural balance. Because of this, individuals often do not experience significant changes until after 4-5 sessions while longer standing problems often require more treatment. The longer you have been experiencing a problem, the longer it may take to resolve.

Insurance coverage
Osteopathic treatment fees are eligible for coverage under most extended health benefit plans.

Team

Emran​ Raees​

Osteopathy

Emran has studied Neuroscience at the University of Toronto followed by Osteopathic Manual Therapy at National Academy of Osteopathy. 

Yazdan Raees

Osteopathy

Yazdan studied Osteopathic Manual Therapy in 2015 at the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto and has been practicing since then.