Toronto & North York Osteopath
If you’re experiencing chronic pain, overcoming an injury, or find yourself in a constant battle to restore your health but yet still don’t know what is “wrong” – then our Osteopaths at Motion Care Clinic in North York can help you tackle those challenges.
Our osteopaths at Motion Care Clinic are evidence-based practitioners, utilizing a holistic approach to assess your complaint and how it may be impacting other components of your body (physically, emotionally and psychologically) ideally restoring overall well-being.
What exactly is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy helps to restore one’s overall health using a holistic approach rather than focusing on managing specific symptoms. The underlying philosophy of osteopathy consists of several principles, more importantly:
- The body is composed of interrelated systems, none of which function independently. The well-being of an individual depends on these systems (bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue) functioning smoothly together.
- The body has a natural ability to self-heal and self-regulate. As such, our osteopaths practice a non-invasive approach to promote self-healing and self-regulation by aligning the body’s central nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems.
- The musculoskeletal system is a element in maintaining good health; Manual osteopaths assess the musculoskeletal structure of the body with the belief that despite pain or illness being felt in a specific part of the body, those same effects can be felt throughout the entire body and ultimately can be treated holistically.
What can Osteopathy help with?
Most patients at Motion Care Clinic see an osteopath for help with conditions that affect the musculoskeletal, circulatory, respiratory, and nervous systems, including:
- Lower back pain
- Uncomplicated neck pain (as opposed to neck pain after an injury such as whiplash)
- Digestive and nervous system issues
- Shoulder pain and elbow pain (for example, tennis/golfer’s elbow)
- Problems with the pelvis, hips and legs
- Sports injuries
- Sleep apnea
- Muscle and joint pain associated with driving, work or pregnancy
- and many more…
- Increasing the mobility of joints, lessening chronic pain
- Relieving muscle tension, improving flexibility
- Removing and reducing the underlying cause of pain
- Enhancing the blood supply to tissues
- Speeding the heal process and prevent future injury
- Assisting with the body’s response to hormonal changes during pregnancy
What can I expect on the first visit?
Initial appointments are 60 minutes in length with our Osteopath conducting a thorough assessment to identify your needs and develop the effective treatment plan catered to your specific goal(s). Most often, evaluation and treatment will occur at the same time. Our Osteopaths will monitor the response of the body during treatment. Patients usually feel better shortly after a treatment, although it is possible to feel achy and/or sore after the treatment for up to 48 hours.
Patients are encouraged to bring any and all test results, scans, X-rays, MRIs or diagnosis to their appointment. Loose fitting clothing are recommended to simplify ease of movement during the session.
Our Osteopaths at Motion Care Clinic use a range of techniques including palpation and manipulation of muscles, bones, and joints, as well as soft tissue stretching, mobilization of joints, and deep tactile pressure.
Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both superficial and deep levels. Practitioners evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue manipulation to make sure the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced.
By applying gentle pressure on your skull and spine, Cranial Sacral Therapy helps to relieve symptoms of stress and tension while enhancing your body’s self-healing potential. This is a very gentle technique, as it requires the most experience to use effectively.
The word viscera refers to the internal organs of the human body that are located within the rib cage, the abdominal and the pelvic cavity. Visceral Osteopathy, also called visceral manipulation, is another branch of osteopathic techniques which deal with the manual manipulation of these organs and the musculoskeletal system within their natural body position to allow a better function of the whole system. Simply put, visceral manipulation therapy helps ensure that each organ has adequate mobility or space in which to perform its functions.
Muscle Energy Technique is a direct technique utilized by our Osteopaths for mobilizing restricted joints, relaxing hypertonicity, and restoring proper biomechanical & physiological function to the joint(s). It involves gentle and deliberate muscle contractions, moving energy along the body to aid in pain relief and improve musculoskeletal and joint function.
Counterstrain is a manual therapy technique, meaning clinicians use only their hands for treatment of muscle and joint pain. After identifying a point of musculoskeletal pain (aka “tender point”), our Osteopaths utilize this technique to reduce the pain the tender point elicits when pressed.
- Initial Osteopathic Assessment
- 60 Min $150
- Osteopathic Follow-Up
- 45 Min $130
- 60 Min $150
- Complimentary Osteopath Consultation
- 15 Min Free