We offer visceral, cranial, structural and pediatric treatments
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an extremely gentle form of treatment that is suitable for everyone including infants and the elderly.
In Canada, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners complete a rigorous 5-year program of clinical and academic study in osteopathic manipulation. They treat patients 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. Some people see them as a combination of a Chiropractor, a Physiotherapist and a Massage Therapist.
Life is movement
Where there is restriction of movement, there is pain 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 that can reveal a lack of vascularisation or joint restrictions.
In practice, after the observation of the posture, the palpation of the body and the processing of orthopedic, neurologic and osteopathic tests, 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 arteries, veins and nerves must be kept free from restrictions to relieve the body from pain. It will also 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 what conditions Osteopathy can help. What can we expect from it in our daily life?
Neck and Back Pain
Osteopath Manual Practitioners can relieve neck and back pain like sciatica, rib pain, torticollis, headaches and migraines.
They perform high velocity techniques but also use a lot of soft and painless functional techniques. They can work deeply on the muscles and tendons when required.
Shoulder pain and mobility restriction; tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
hip pain and mobility restriction; knee problems; ankle or foot pain.
Their approach does not only concentrate on the spine and the structural aspects of the body but integrates the organs. Which is why they can help with digestive disorders (constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, acid reflux and heartburn) or urinary and gynecological issues.
Head related Problems
Using cranial techniques, Osteopaths treat various conditions that are often not addressed by other therapies.
Jaw pain and tempo-mandibular disorders.
Ear, nose and throat problems like chronic ear infections, recurrent sore throats, frequent colds, glaucoma, sinusitis or tinnitus.
A pregnant woman sees her body undergo multiple transformations: the digestive organs are pushed up by the increased volume of the uterus, the bladder is compressed, the pelvis changes significantly, there is an increase supply of blood and lymph and many hormonal changes. Therefore women often experience lower and upper back pain, heartburn, rib pain and breathing issues, edema and swelling. The osteopathic treatment helps the body by making the necessary adjustments.
Remember that relaxed muscles and a free pelvis will be the basis for an easy delivery.
We also treat babies. Colic/crying, constipation, spitting up, sucking difficulty, birth trauma, otitis media, torticollis and plagiocephaly are some of the conditions for which we can make a difference.
Do you require a doctor’s referral for treatment?
No. Though your extended health insurance may require a doctor’s referral.
Can anyone receive treatment?
Yes, anyone can receive treatment; however, there are certain conditions for which treatment may not be appropriate. We are trained to recognize these cases.
Does my insurance cover the cost for treatment?
The majority of employer health plans cover treatment. 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 48 hours notice.
What happens on the first visit?
On the first visit, you will complete a confidential health history as part of your assessment. This is important, as we need to know if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications. We suggest you bring any x-rays or MRI reports that you may have. We will listen to your concerns, assess your individual needs, as well as other factors that may be contributing to the cause of the problem. We will then tailor a treatment plan with you to ensure you receive appropriate treatment that will help you return to normal functioning.
Are my medical forms confidential?
Yes, all medical information is held confidential under the Regulated Health Care professional Act under law.
Will the treatment hurt?
Treatment is not harmful. Some techniques may cause light discomfort that usually diminishes directly after treatment. 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 important that the Health Care Practitioner be able to properly assess for any asymmetries and/or structural and postural problems. It is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable.
How many times should I come?
It is impossible to answer this question. However, most of the time, acute conditions disappear in 2 to 4 treatments; some chronic pains may take more visits.
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 treat patients 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.