We offer visceral, cranial, structural and pediatric treatments
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathic Manual Therapy is a set of gentle techniques suitable for all ages, infant to elderly. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use their hands to provide specific touch with gentle movements to promote proper function and relieve discomfort in the body.
In Canada, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners complete a rigorous 5-year program of clinical and academic study in osteopathic manipulation. They help people using manual techniques only. They do not use medication, surgery or other medical procedures.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners use their hands to provide a gentle and specific application of highly developed touch.
Life is movement
Where there is restriction of movement, there is discomfort and disease. Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of Osteopathy in 1892 used to say “Find it, fix it, leave it alone”. With years of practice, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner possesses a highly developed touch and can feel the slightest movements (around 15 microns) and appreciate the texture of the tissue.
In practice, after the observation and the palpation of the body, the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner will base the treatment on the following four principles
- The body is a functional unit. An integrated unit of mind, body, and spirit (“Man is Triune” – A.T. Still). Current engineers would talk of a tensegrity model (Buckminster Fuller). It means, for example, that the spine must not be considered as a pile of vertebra, but as the mast of a sailing boat held by the ropes i.e. ligaments, tendons, muscles and fascia. More recent discoveries show that the fascia web integrates and harmonizes the behaviour of the various components throughout the human body.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. For example, when you have a lot of muscle (the structure), you can lift big weights (the function), but if you keep lifting weight (the function), you gain muscles and change your body structure.
- The law of the artery is supreme. As A. T. Still said: Life is movement. Therefore the body must be relaxed to ensure optimal functioning of the muscles, organs and viscera.
- The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms, having the inherent capacity to defend, repair, and remodel itself. So if we work using the first three rules, the body will cure itself from diseases like viral and bacterial attacks. (However we will never prevent you from taking medication).
What conditions osteopathy can help?
Now that we know more about osteopathic principles, lets explore who come and visit us.
- People, who after seeing their medical doctor have discomfort in their body;
- Pregnant women;
- Babies and children.
Do you require a doctor’s referral for a session?
No. Though your extended health insurance may require a doctor’s referral.
Can anyone be helped ?
Yes, anyone can come; however, there are certain conditions for which a session may not be appropriate. We recommend you to always visit your MD before coming.
Does my insurance cover the cost for a session?
The majority of employer health plans cover osteopathic session. The degree of coverage varies based on the plan. We recommend you confirm your amount of coverage with either your Human Resources or Payroll and Benefits departments.
What is your cancellation policy?
We regret we must charge for appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.
What happens on the first visit?
On the first visit, you will complete a confidential health history. We will listen to your concerns and individual needs. We will then begin our work.
Are my medical forms confidential?
Yes, all medical information is held confidential under the Regulated Health Care professional Act under law.
Will Osteopathic techniques hurt?
Techniques are not harmful. Some techniques may cause light discomfort that usually diminishes directly after the session. We will discuss each technique and its implications with you prior to the application.
What do I wear for the assessment and treatment?
We recommend that you bring a sports bra or tank top and shorts. It is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable.
How many times should I come?
It is impossible to answer this question. However, our clients come 2 to 3 times in average.
Michel Favre DOMP
Michel Favre’s background
Michel Favre’s background includes a baccalaureate in Administration and studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine performed in Paris and in Beijing at the Guan An Men Hospital in the early 90’s. It also includes around 1000 hours of study in massage techniques including Swedish and Californian massage. Lymphatic Drainage. Trager and Fascia Biorhythm techniques and more than 9 years of practice as an RMT in Québec. He is also performing energy work with La Trame
He completed five years of study in osteopathy at the Ecole Professionelle des Osteopathes du Québec (EPOQ) and as a member of CPOQ can issue osteopathic Insurance receipts.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners complete a rigorous program of clinical and academic study in osteopathic techniques. They help clients using manual techniques only. They do not use drugs, medication, surgery or other medical procedures.
About Michel Favre
Born in France, Michel traveled in more than 30 countries, he lived in four different countries (France, El Salvador, British Guyana and migrated in 1993 to Canada). He is fluent in English, French and Spanish. He also volunteered at a palliative care center (La maison Mathieu Froment) for more than eight years.