Manual Osteopathy / Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Is a manual technique of assessment and treatment that was developed by a physician and surgeon Dr. Andrew Still in the mid 1800s. It's a form of natural medicine that treats your body as a whole functioning unit. It respects the relationship of body, mind and spirit in health and disease while laying emphasis on the body's intrinsic tendency for self-healing.
Above: Treatment based on Matrix Repatterning Protocol with Manual Osteopathy and Advanced Massage Techniques.
Below: Old school Manual Osteopathy and Advanced Massage Techniques focused on full body rebalancing and alignment. ( Matrix Pulse Unit can be added for Therapeutic affect )
Osteopathy assesses and treats lesions, adhesions and restrictions in your body that can contribute to dysfunction and imbalances. It is unique because it focuses on the root cause of pain and dysfunction rather than simply looking at the symptoms.
Osteopathic Manual Therapists use a combination of many manual therapies such as Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Lymphatic Drainage and Myofascial Release to name a few. When applied properly these techniques are gentle and painless but can be highly effective in treating your body's bones, muscles, joints, nerves, organs, and fluid. Each of these systems can be encouraged into alignment and balance, which allows healing to occur.
Starting in January 2016 Stewart will be modifying his Manual Osteopathy treatment to be adding in some advanced Massage Therapy and Matrix Repatterning techniques. This will allow him to make the treatment more effective, efficient and reliable. The standard length of time for this treatment is sixty minutes at the cost of $125 that can be billed under Manual Osteopathy or Massage Therapy.
Matrix Pulse Scanner
The Matrix Pulse Scanner has been specifically developed for use with Matrix Repatterning both for assessment and treatment. The scanner helps the therapist to identify primary restrictions or points of injury with more accuracy. It also has the advantage of increasing the speed of tissue healing.
After a treatment (what to do and expect)
- Be sure to drink plenty of water over the next 24 hours (approx. 2L or 8 x 8oz glasses.).
You want to flush out and rehydrate areas that were once restricted.
- Be easy on yourself for 24 hours. This means no physical, strenuous activity.
Your body needs time to adjust to the new structural positioning.
- You may experience new symptoms, that are possibly old symptoms arising as the next layers are revealed.
These new symptoms are not to be alarmed at, take notice of them, and realize that the treatment is having an effect.
- You may also experience fatigue, again these are symptoms associated with the body realigning
- The affects of the treatment can be felt immediately and up to a couple of days after the treatment.
- Be aware of these changes for the next treatment (possibly jotting them down in a notepad or in your calendar) as Stewart will be asking you about them.
Do you have extended health insurance benefits for Osteopathy?
Stewart is member of the National Manual Osteopathic Society (NMOS) and also
Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association (OOAMA).
The following Insurance companies recognize the (NMOS):
Great West Life, Sunlife, Empire Life, Green Shield, Manulife (OTIP), Desjardins
The following Insurance companies recognize the (OOAMA):
Chamber of Commerce, Desjardins, Blue Cross, Claim Secure,
Benefit, Max Benefit, Empire Life, Green Shield
**It is not possible to Direct Bill for Osteopathy because it is not a Regulated Health Profession in Ontario.
**It is always recommended to check with your Extended Benefits Provider to confirm your specific plan and options before your initial treatment. ( Possible Doctors Script/Note )
**It is important to note that the technique modalities Stewart uses in an Osteopathic Manual Treatment are all individually under the Scope of Practise for Registered Massage Therapy according to the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario. The treatment approach can be modified so that the receipt could be written for Massage Therapy. Please tell Stewart BEFORE the treatment starts if this is the option you prefer.