Osteopathic Manual Therapist (DOMP)
Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Physiotherapists in Ontario fall under regulated health professions, while Osteopathic Manual Therapists do not, meaning they are unregulated. Osteopathic Manual Therapy is not considered to be an Acupuncture Specialty, Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy or Chiropractic Specialty.
When You Need to See an Osteopathic Manual Therapist
There are a number of activities that have the potential to cause physical stress and strain, which can in turn lead to the body’s bio-mechanical system being restricted. Should that occur, there are a number of effects, including the hindering of movement, pain and other symptoms that are typically seen as unrelated. Regardless of whether you lead an active lifestyle, remain mostly sedentary, are battling an illness or disease, or are recovering from surgery, osteopathy can help reduce pain and symptoms while returning your body back to its original rhythm through the correction or compression, restrictions and imbalances.
Common Conditions for Osteopathy
It’s relatively common for patients to explain to us that their symptoms haven’t been eliminated through medicines or other types of therapy. Typically, Osteopathic treatments will improve mobility, reduce or remove pain while also easing restrictions and inflammation. These same treatments also have the potential to relieve the symptoms listed below:
Jaw pain (TMJ)
Injuries from accidents such as whiplash
Neurological symptoms such as sciatic pain, tingling or numbness
Sports-related injuries such as plantar fasciitis, sciatica, shin splints, sprains, post-fractures, ligament injuries, tennis elbow, etc.
Post-surgical pain, scar tissue, adhesions, etc.
Muscle/joint aches including back and neck pain
Repetitive strain injuries (tendinitis, carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis)
A Typical Osteopathy Session
Your first session will last anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, and will begin with your medical history followed by a structural assessment. Next, you will receive treatment that includes our gentle manual techniques.
Depending on the severity and complexity of your issues, a follow up session may be required.
Osteopathy is typically covered by employee benefit programs, but be sure to check with your employer before scheduling an appointment. Doing so will also allow you to understand your coverage level and limitations.