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FAQ - Helpful Information:

1. What is Osteopathy?

If you have never heard about Osteopathy, its not easy to "put it in two words" or explain it . Osteopathy is an alternative medicine approach to the body as a holistic system, where all elements are connected and interdependent through the basic physiological levels: 
- musculoskeletal (biomechanical),
-  respiratory (circulatory),
- neurological,
- metabolic (bioenergetic),
- behavioral (psychological)
If you need more info, please search the information you are interested in (as an example: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osteopathy)

2. You are fully booked.

A lot of specialists are fully booked, although regular clients could have their appointments pretty regular. Please be advised, that you schedule your appointment sufficiently in advance. Depending on the season there is a waiting list of approximately 2-8 weeks. So please be forethought. Manual osteopathy is not an emergency service, nor a medical service, and the treatment process is usually pretty soft, slow and natural, so the first appointment usually is not a matter of urgent care. Please be advised, if your condition is acute and urgent, it's highly recommended to visit your medical doctor or emergency department. So even if you can`t book your first (initial) appointment at your earliest convenience, you can always book your first appointment at any available date and any further appointments after that with any desirable sequence you expect. That way you will have as many and as often appointments, as you want. 

3. Difference between Osteopath (DO) and Manual Osteopath (DOMP) in Canada

- Osteopath (it is a Doctor, graduated from US Osteopathic Medical School, DO title is protected)  
AND
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (it is a practitioner, authorized to provide an osteopathic treatment only (such an osteoarticular mobilization, muscle energy technique, soft tissue technique, visceral OMT, craniosacral OMT, some other techniques), but not to make some medical acts such (not diagnose, not prescribe medicine, not reading x-rays, not do surgery, etc), because with acts are protected by law.
Because manual osteopath is not allowed to diagnose and make medical prescriptions and another protected acts, if you are in acute pain, and you are really sick or have the unclear condition,  it's better to visit your MD for a check-up first. If there are no contraindications for osteopathic treatment, you are more than welcome to book an appointment.

4. Insurance coverage

If you are most concerned, if you will be covered by your insurance or not, please check it beforehand with your insurer (provider credentials will be provided under request). However, if you are seriously interested to maintain your health, using osteopathy as one of the preventive approaches, the insurance coverage won`t play a big part, as they usually cover just 300-500CAD(2-5 sessions per year), which unlikely make a serious contribution into changing your condition. Regular osteopathic treatments could be one of the effective strategies in your healthy lifestyle. 

5. Osteopathy is not a miracle. 

Osteopathy does not make miracles, like any method of treatment. Osteopathy could make things better softly and slowly in your body, according to the previous health condition in the last years, and your current lifestyle effort. The secret of success is always in the client`s willingness, consistency, energy, approach and efforts to live healthily. Manual osteopath could be a good tool and loyal assistant in that way. So please do not expect quick changes. Also, there are can't be any guarantees of any treatment results in any individual cases, as well as manual osteopathy does not provide any prognosis or diagnosis of any conditions. Please refer to your medical doctor regards this information. 
6. How often should I visit you?

Clients often ask recommendations about how often should they visit an osteopathic practitioner. There are some general guidelines to attend osteopathic treatments once per 2-3 weeks to maintain optimal condition,  but honestly, it's all about your intuition. In general, your body will prompt you when you really need a follow-up visit. Life is not flat. Sometimes we have stressful periods and we need to have more care about ourselves - so more constant treatments could help. Sometimes there is a period of relaxation and we prefer to focus on the wellness aspect of osteopathy, sometimes it's a routine - and steady, regular sessions would be an optimal decision. So I would say, to listen to yourself carefully - is the best approach. 

7. I have (name of your disease). Could you help me?
Its so common easy question, which is always very hard to answer. First of all, to be absolutely honest with you, the correct answer would be: "I dont know. I just know that I will do my best to help". 
Why I dont (cant) know.
- Because the problem you decleared could have a great ammount of possible reasons, variations, individual reactions and consequences, finally millions of options. Each option would have each own  answer. 
-  If you have a question about the medical condition, which consists a name of desease, you should refer to your Medical Doctor directly for the answer. Why? First of all, manual osteopaths do not hold a "Doctor" title in Canada (like Doctors of Osteopathy in US). They are practitioners. Thats why manual osteopaths in Canada cant diagnose, prognose, prescribe medicine for any conditions. 
- Manual osteopaths have absolutelly different protocols with the Medical Doctors, so they are not deal with and help with traditional diagnosis and disorders. Its not their scope of practice. So if you have some questions about your desease, medical treatment, diagnosis, prognosis, condition, terminology, interpretetion of the medical tests, prescriptions, please refer to your Medical Doctor. 
Manual osteopaths can perform osteopathic funtional musculoskeletal assessment and treatment, which means manually work with the body, optimizing the posture, muscle tone, releasing the fascia, improving mobility and vitality of the client. 
- Manual osteopaths cant guarantee directly of indirectly any treatment results in anyway, according to the Code of Ethics and because the client`s condition is a result of multiple physiological, psychological, social, economical, genetical, enviromental, personal, unpreditcable factors, which no one never ever can predict. So why give a chance for guessing, if manual osteopath can help or not. If even the specialist helped 99 with (for example) arthritis 99 times in a raw and the 100`th person is asking "Can you help me?" What would be the honest and true answer? "I dont know".  Yes you can find the specialist who will quarantee some results for you, which you want. Its not my business.  But the reality is: "Nobody known this answer". 
- Manual osteopath will spend 1 hour per week (month) with you trying to help. You will be with you the rest of time. Because you are living with yourself, your background, enviroiunment, genetics - 24/7. So thats why the more important is not what happening during the treatment, but what will be happening after the treatment. Would the client change his habits, way of thinking, stress reactions, diet, physucal culture, hiegyne, healthy life style. That whould be the main factor of success. 
- Please be aware that manual osteopath`s role - is to be an assistant on the client`s way of self-improvemnt, self-correction, self-responsobility. Please  get your priorities right and set realistic goals. It will help to acheve the best results. 
- Considering all mentioned above, I am asking my clients to formulate their request to me as to manual osteopath. I beleive that the specific and comprehensive formulation of the treatment goal is the first important step to the health convalescation. 

 

It would be a great honour to have you as a client. So happy that you care about your Heath.