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Manual Osteopathic Therapy

Manual Osteopathic Therapy

Manual Osteopathic Therapy

Manual Osteopathic Therapy (in short MOT) utilizes osteoarticular corrections, fascial release, cranial-sacral techniques and visceral manipulation for the benefit of restoring function and eliminating pain. The intention of this therapy is to address the root cause of the pain, imbalance, injury or illness. The treatment offers help with issues related to joints, bones and muscles, helping e.g. with sports injuries, arthritis, and pain in back, shoulder and during pregnancy. MOT can be both, an only treatment or it can be used in combination with physiotherapy, chiropractic, and other massage therapy treatments.

Manual osteopathic therapy is based on the principles that

  • The body is self healing and self regulating
  • Structure and function are interrelated
  • Use of manipulation to treat the body
  • Somatic components of disease

It does not use any types of tools, such as stones, oils or cups to manipulate tissues. Also, patients are clothed during treatment. The types of assessments done during treatment show the therapist the connections from the affected area. For example, a therapist will take your leg and pull on it. Where the pull stops on the body can show us the pattern of restriction and where the issue could be originating.

The therapist assesses your full body first, looking for position and level of mobility of your organs, muscle tissues and ligaments. This includes range of motion and changes to the texture of tissues. The therapist then manually treats any imbalances by restoring positions, strengthening ligaments, and improving circulation of lymph, blood and other fluids. Osteopathy is designed to help the body function better and to promote self-healing.

Most patients will feel lighter and more relaxed after a treatment session and experience less pain. Some patients however may feel sore for 1-2 days at first. The treatment can additionally lead to a more relaxed sleep and an increase of energy.

Our main types of treatments are:


Using resisted stretching to realign bony areas, such as spinal segments, sacrum, pelvic bones, collar bones. This also can help with range of motion restrictions.

Cranial Osteopathy

Assessing the flow of cerebral spinal fluid throughout the body and looking for discrepancies. Also, realigning the skull fragments , correcting the flow of cerebral spinal fluid. This is good for headaches, rebalancing the fluid dynamics in the body, skull injuries (NOT ACTIVE/RECENT INJURY), and after dental work. It is quite relaxing.

Myofascial Remodelling

Uses the body’s fascial lines to help release the underlying tissues and decrease restrictions in blood and lymph flow.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Assessing if the lymph nodes are filling and emptying effectively to rid waste out of the body. This can also help with blockages in the lymphatic system.

Visceral Manipulation

This is assessing the movement of the organs along the axis of the body, correcting restrictions and mobility of the organs, and resetting the vascular flow to the organs. A therapist does this by releasing the fascia and relaxing the ligaments surrounding the organs, which can also pull on the extremities. For example, during a general assessment, someone could tilt and be pulled forward. A therapist would then do a local assessment to see where the tissues pull to. Sometimes, the hand of the therapist will form the shape of the affected organ, I.e. bladder. In some cases, restrictions in the tissues surrounding the bladder can pull the torso forward.

Insurance Companies

Many insurance companies cover manual osteopathic therapy, but currently only a few offer direct billing. These are: Alberta Blue Cross, SSQ Financial, Green Shield, NexGen, and Co-Operators.

24 Hour Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to keep the appointment you have reserved, please call with more than 24 hours notice to avoid being charged. Appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged at 50% of the booked services.


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