Osteopathy Ottawa

What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.

It is a powerful therapy that embraces the philosophy that the human body has an innate or natural ability to self-regulate and to heal itself when its structure and function are in balance.

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The key factor that permits this process to proceed unimpeded is the ability of the body to circulate all of its fluids and liquids. These fluids include the blood, lymph, synovial fluid, digestive juices, cerebrospinal fluid, axoplasm, and all the other intra and extracellular fluids of the body.

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to manipulate and mobilize joints, muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissues to restore normal function and improve mobility. Osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care that focuses on the body as a whole, rather than just treating individual symptoms.

Osteopaths in Ottawa provide comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each patient’s needs. They use physical therapy techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilization, stretching, and manipulation to reduce joint pain and restore normal movement patterns.

Where Did Osteopathic Medicine Come From?

Osteopathic medicine is a form of alternative medicine that was developed in the late 19th century by Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician.

Still believed that the body had an innate ability to heal itself and sought to create a system of medical care that focused on treating the whole person rather than just the symptoms of disease.

He believed that all parts of the body were interconnected and should be treated as such.

He developed a system of diagnosis and treatment based on this principle, which is now known as osteopathy.

Osteopathic treatment is a holistic approach to health care that focuses on treating the whole person rather than just treating individual symptoms or conditions.

Dr. Still proposed that through the use of techniques now referred to as osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), structural issues in the body could be properly addressed, resulting in a much better ability of the body to both heal itself and operate.

He emphasized preventative care and the notion that doctors should treat their patients holistically, rather than just their illnesses.

What Do Osteopaths Treat

Osteopaths can help with physical pain relief, improve mobility and flexibility, reduce stress and tension, improve posture and balance, and promote overall health and well-being.

Our osteopaths are trained to assess and treat a variety of different conditions including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • TMJ / jaw problems
  • Soft tissue injuries: sprains, strains, tendonitis
  • Joint dysfunction and arthritic pain
  • Nerve pain - sciatica, tingling, and numbness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Difficult digestion, acid reflux, constipation
  • Wrist pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Painful periods and ovulation / chronic pelvic pain and bladder issues
  • Pregnancy discomfort, labour preparation and post-natal care
  • Children: unsettled babies, colic, recurrent ear infections

How Do Osteopaths Treat Patients

Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to treat patients, including manually manipulating the body to better align it, various forms of massage, stretching exercises, prescribing a regimen of exercises to help the body, and advice like improving diet, posture and level of physical activity for an active lifestyle.

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What To Expect on Your First Visit

By using a meticulous methodology, the Osteopath is able to determine the origin and effects of aging, trauma and other experiences, and create and administer an appropriate treatment plan. This process begins by:

  • Interviewing the patient
  • Performing a complete osteopathic initial assessment
  • Assessing the position, mobility and quality of certain tissues, fluids, and rhythms of the body.
  • Hands-on care of the underlying condition


The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about osteopathy in Ottawa:

Is an Osteopath Better Than a Doctor?
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No, an osteopath is not necessarily better than a doctor. While osteopaths are highly trained healthcare providers who've received professional training to provide effective treatment for musculoskeletal conditions, doctors are also highly trained and can diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions. It is important to consult with your doctor before seeking treatment from an osteopath.

Is Osteopathy Covered by OHIP?
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No, Osteopathy is not covered by OHIP. However, some extended health care plans may cover the cost of osteopathic treatments. It is best to check with your insurance provider to see if they offer coverage for osteopathy. Additionally, some private clinics may offer payment plans or discounts for those who are unable to pay in full at the time of treatment.

Does Osteopathy Actually Work?
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Yes, osteopathy does actually work. Osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care that focuses on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. It is based on the belief that the body has an innate capacity to heal itself when its fluids and tissues are in balance. Osteopaths use a variety of techniques such as massage, stretching, joint manipulation, and other manual therapies to help restore range of motion and improve quality of life.

How Much Does an Osteopath Charge in Ontario?
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The cost of osteopathic clinics in Ontario can vary depending on the clinic and the type of treatment. Generally, a one-hour session with an osteopath will cost between $80 and $150.

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