FAQ

What happens during an initial Osteopathic assessment?

During your first appointment (approximately 90 minutes) the practitioner will take a detailed medical history and examine your posture, gait, motion of your joints and other body functions. A detailed treatment plan with then be made and discussed with you, treatment will also occur at the initial appointment. You will be kept informed during the treatment to understand what is being treated and why, allowing you to be an active participant in your healing!

What should I wear for my appointment?

Comfortable clothing that allows a wide range of movement is recommended, such as shorts and a tshirt. This allows your practitioner to effectively assess gait, posture, as well as any tension in your body.

How long is an appointment?

Treatment sessions usually last for one hour, but half hour treatments may also be recommended. The length of the recommended treatment session varies depending on factors such as your general health, the nature of your problem, and how long you have been experiencing the problem.

Your first assessment with us is 90 minutes long (please see above for what goes on during an assessment)

How many treatments does it take to see results?It is difficult to estimate the exact number of treatment sessions needed to see expected results.  In general, the number of treatments needed varies on many factors including the nature of the injury or problem, associated conditions, and the general state of your body. Keeping up with any exercises recommended by your practitioner will help to speed up the results of treatment.   If we are not seeing results as quickly as expected, we will work with you to determine next steps, which may involve a referral to another professional.

Is an Osteopathy appointment painful and is it safe?

Osteopathy is extremely gentle and strictly respects the response from the body during the treatment.  Osteopaths will not force anything to move within the body. Osteopaths will choose techniques that are suitable for each individual patient, and safety is always the prime consideration.

How is Osteopathy different from Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

Osteopathy is based on a holistic approach to treating the body as a whole, rather than the individual parts, and that all parts of the body are interconnected and inseparable. A dysfunction of one part of the body may frequently lead to issues in another part. For example, if you have a knee problem, the Osteopath will do much more than only examine your knee. They will ask you how and when your problem started, and will examine other parts of your body that may be indirectly connected to your knee, like your ankles and/or back to determine if these may have precipitated your knee problem.

Traditional osteopathy is a manual therapy that does not use other forms of therapeutics such as medication, electrotherapy or other kinds of modalities. Osteopathy searches for and treats the cause of the problem, rather than treating the pain as a symptom.

Will I have to continue with Osteopathy over a long period of time?

Osteopaths teach their patients how to take responsibility for their own health. They show them how to make changes in their everyday life and activities in order to prevent injury or problems from recurring. By getting patients to take an active role in getting better they are promoting long term preventative care.  We help you become more aware of your posture and how to correct it, and help show you what is contributing to or aggravating your issue, as well as how to avoid it. The goal of coming to see us, is to not have to see us.  Nothing personal of course!

Do I need to be referred by a family physician or other health care professional?

No referral is necessary, simply call us to book an appointment.

What conditions can the Specialists help me with?

Some of the issues we can help address are:

  • Back pain and/or neck pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Shoulder and/or joint pain (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Hip, knee, foot pain
  • Jaw pain, TMJ issues
  • Ear infections, vertigo
  • Reproductive issues
  • Pregnancy issues
  • Gastrointestinal Issues
  • Infant issues including Colic, Birth trauma, Ear infections, Sports injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Will my benefits plan cover the cost of Osteopathy?

In most cases, yes.  Check with your employer for the specific coverage levels of your plan.   SunLife as of April 1st 2010 now covers Manual Osteopathy, but check with your specific plan to make sure.

What are your hours?

Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am -5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am –  3:00 pm

Still have questions? Please contact us anytime! Either give us a call or leave a comment with your question. We look forward to hearing from you.

465 Morden Rd., Suite 110, Oakville, ON, L6K 3W6, ph: 289 291 0254
balancepointhc@yahoo.com

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