The study of alignment, form and function, Manual Osteopathy is an advanced form of manual therapy using a range of techniques, such as joint mobilization, myofascial release, and soft tissue manipulation, to unwind the body and reset the nervous system.
The therapist assesses areas with postural problems, pain symptoms, compounded tension, weakness, and adhesions to address a variety of issues like joint and muscle pain, neural and organ dysfunction, limited range of motion, poor circulation, misalignment, and digestive issues.
This gentle therapy was developed to treat the body as a whole, because the body works and moves as a unit! Underlying issues are addressed to treat any compensation patterns that may be contributing to a chief complaint.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
In practice, a Manual Osteopath assesses the whole body, not limiting the examination and treatment to just the chief complaint. A Manual Osteopath takes in to account any reported symptoms of pain, discomfort or imbalance. For example, if a client is complaining of knee pain, the Manual Osteopath will assess the form and function of the knee, but will also look for any contributing factors within the body that may be a result or cause of dysfunction in the knee.
Once the Manual Osteopath has assessed the whole body they will use a combination of techniques, such as joint articulation, myofascial release, visceral manipulation, and cranial sacral techniques, as needed for each client. The treatment is clothed and the techniques can be administered with the client seated, standing or in a laying position, depending on the goal and treatment plan. The result is improving the overall functional biomechanics throughout the body which addresses a chief complaint, like knee pain, but also aims to improve other symptoms that seem unrelated, like poor digestion or headaches! Clients come out of their treatment plans with a better understanding of their body, it's posture and how to maintain good health beyond the treatment room!
Check with your provider to see if your plan covers Manual Osteopathy. Insurance companies aren't offering direct billing at this time, but send in a request to your provider, and help us make that change!
Manual Osteopathy is covered by most insurance companies. Nancy Storr's appointments are covered by:
- Alberta Bluecross
- Benefit Trust
- Chambers of Commerce
- Dejardins Financial Security
- Empire Life
- Imperial Life
- Johnson Inc.
- Johnson Group
- Manion Wilkins
- Maximum Benefit
- Medavie Bluecross
- National Life
For information about which modalities we do have DIRECT BILLING with, visit this page.
MEET OUR MANUAL OSTEOPATH
Nancy Storr, DOMP
& Injury Rehabilitation
Nancy Storr, Manual Osteopath, finished her Bachelor of Kinesiology at Dalhousie University with over 1000 volunteer hours with physiotherapy clinics and collegiate sports teams before moving on to become a Manual Osteopathic Practitioner. Her enthusiasm for Manual Osteopathy first stemmed from her mother’s experience, who had been dealing with chronic pain for years and only found relief after receiving treatment from a Manual Osteopath. This, coupled with her own struggles and extensive sports injury research, has fueled her passion to assist others to live pain-free and happier lives. Nancy has a special interest in assisting pre and post natal clients, and aspires to specialize within this scope. Nancy uses her extensive education and experience to address the root of the problem - not just the symptoms - creating a unique, tailored treatment for each client every time.
More About Manual Osteopaths
"Manual Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit." Each client, condition and injury is unique so a Manual Osteopath will vary their treatments from person to person, making the experience completely tailored and progressive, addressing the needs of the client at the time.
Manual Osteopaths will ask a client about their current problem and symptoms. Questions related to their health history, past symptoms, any medications, as well as any factors that may appear to have no direct correlation to the problem. Thorough examinations are conducted, like orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, that will determine how best to manage a condition.
Manual Osteopaths may also provide education and recommendations to help a client manage their condition between appointments. Most Manual Osteopathic treatments are gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If a client's injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, their Manual Osteopath will exercise care to make the client as comfortable as possible.
Initial Consultation and First Session
- 1 hour $125
Regular ongoing sessions
- 45 minutes $95
- 1 hour $125
- 15 minutes $35
Prices exclude GST
45 minute packages available, visit our Promotion Page.