Osteopathy is a type of non-invasive manual therapy which aims to restore optimal function in the body through the manipulation of bones, joints, and muscles. Osteopathic principles believe in the body’s ability to heal itself and they emphasize the interrelationship between structure and function of the human body. It takes a holistic, whole-body approach to healthcare.
An osteopathic manual practitioner does not concentrate only on the problem area, but recognizes the patient as an integrated whole. When all the the body’s components are in balance, then a person is in complete and total health. The practitioner uses manual assessment and treatment techniques to balance, improve and restore all the systems of the body: musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, cranial and visceral. Skilled palpation and a detailed knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics guide the osteopathic manual practitioner to identify and ease restrictions, reduce pain and swelling, improve tissue mobility and promote overall proper function and healing in people of all ages.
Treatment focuses on finding the source of the problem and not just chasing the symptoms. Major contributing factors that initially created the dysfunction, or are maintaining it are identified and released. Osteopathic practitioners spend time with their patients, using a global approach and ensuring the changes that have been achieved are integrated by the whole body. Techniques used include soft tissue manipulation, osteopathic articular technique, cranial osteopathy and visceral manipulation. Supportive home exercise programs and lifestyle adjustments are frequently advised to emphasize the body’s self healing capabilities, reduce pain, improve posture and help integrate treatments.
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24 hours notice is required for a cancellation, otherwise the full fee for the appointment will be charged.
You will be given the full attention of your therapist for the remainder of your time slot.
Services performed by a Registered Therapist will be provided to the client for health insurance beneﬁt claims.
The following is a sample list of conditions that may respond favourably to osteopathic treatment:
– musculoskeletal complaints (for example: back, shoulder, arm, hip, leg pain)
– postural problems
– concussions, headaches, migraines, TMJ
– G.I. complaints (for example: constipation, IBS and acid reflux)
– respiratory issues
– anxiety and depression
– symptoms from falls or accidents
– acute & chronic pain
– sleep issues
– autoimmune disease (fibromyalgia, etc)
– pre & post natal care
– pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence
– fertility issues
Osteopathic manual practitioner can also detect conditions that are not treatable through osteopathy and will then refer patients to other specialists.
Types of patients that would benefit from osteopathy:
– men, women of all ages
– athletes & non athletes
– babies, toddlers, children, teens
In your first session, you can expect to go over your detailed health history with the osteopathic manual practitioner as well as having a discussion about what your needs and goals are. An assessment will be performed (once the patient has given consent), which includes observation of posture and tests to determine where the root cause of the complaint is and where treatment will be most indicated. The practitioner will also assess the health of the joints, ligaments, and tissues, using a highly trained palpation technique.
The osteopathic manual practitioner will propose a treatment plan to meet your needs. This will include the number of sessions likely to be needed, although this number may change depending on your response to treatment.
In subsequent appointments, there will be a quick assessment (in order to see what changes have occurred and again, to guide the process), and more time will be spent on treatment.
It’s best to come in with comfortable clothing (yoga/athletic wear or loose fitting clothing). Treatments may include a range of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body’s healing process. Our osteopathic manual practitioner will explain to you what will be involved in any treatment.
• Before you arrive for your first appointment, keep in mind that we’ll need a few minutes for you to fill out an intake form.
• Be sure you are well hydrated with water.
• Your osteopathy treatment may leave you feeling quite tired and very relaxed.
• It is common for a patient to feel stiff, rather like after exercising, for 24 to 48 hours. The practitioner will advise what measures to take to help ease any post treatment discomfort there may be.
• Drink Water – this helps to flush out waste products from the tissues that may have been released during the treatment. It also helps to relieve possible soreness.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Certified Athletic Therapist
Amongst her clients at Breathe, including owners and teachers, Tanya is affectionately known as our miracle healer.
As an osteopathic manual practitioner, she uses her hands-on expertise to help patients feel better. Tanya combines a thorough understanding of human anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and health sciences with strong intuitive skills and an inquisitive nature. This allows her to recognize how a patient’s unique physical, mental and emotional experiences are affecting their body and their health. The most effective osteopathic treatment begins with the acknowledgment that each person’s condition is unique. As an osteopathic manual practitioner, her goal is to restore balance in the body.
She graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, QC with a bachelor of science in Exercise science in 2001. She is a certified member of the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association. She then completed her studies in Osteopathy at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Montreal in 2009. Tanya successfully completed her thesis in 2011 on the effect of osteopathic treatment on running athletes demonstrating a positive effect on blood glucose availability and performance.
Tanya also works with women, men and children, cases dealing with anxiety and depression, hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders. She has great expertise in treating complex, multi-joint issues.
Tanya practices yoga and is a part of Breathe’s Teacher Training Faculty teaching Basic and Advanced Anatomy.
As the owner of Breathe Yoga I made the decision to create the Wellness Centre for the Breathe community after I began my own treatments with Tanya. My own sense of well being was so greatly enhanced with Tanya’s expert treatments that I wanted to be able to extend the ability to feel ones best and overcome injury and ailments to the whole Breathe yoga community. With an existing thriving practice downtown, Tanya gradually made the transition to the Breathe Wellness centre here in The Junction – where she now lives, raising a family. I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Tanya join us as the Director of The Breathe Wellness Centre. Her mandate is to assemble and lead a top notch Wellness team to enhance the quality of health of our students. Given the overwhelming positive comments I regularly receive from the patients about Tanya and her team of physio and massage therapists I know they are succeeding.
How soon will I feel better?
Most people immediately feel better with OMT. Sometimes the patient will see gradual improvement with treatment. Some patients will see no change in their pain symptoms until nearly all of their somatic dysfunction has been corrected. This may take a few visits, so please be patient with your body and your practitioner as healing occurs.
What should I wear for my appointment?
Ideally, for the assessment (and possibly for the treatment) shorts or loose/stretchy pants are worn, and if you are comfortable, a sports bra (for women) and no shirt (for men). Your comfort is very important however, so if you are not okay with disrobing, accommodations will be made.
Do I need a referral from my Doctor?
You do not need a referral from your family doctor to see your osteopathic practitioner. Please be aware, however, that some insurance companies may require you to have a doctor’s referral for osteopathic treatment to be covered by them. Please check your individual policy for details.
Is the treatment painful?
Osteopathic treatment is extremely gentle. Practitioners respect the response of the body during treatment. One usually feels better after an osteopathic treatment although this may occur two to three days afterward. It is possible to feel a bit achy or sore initially. This can be caused by positive changes taking place in the body. For example, an area of the body that was not moving well initially may experience different sensations caused by improved circulation and nerve supply when better mobility is restored. Rest and hydrotherapy such as an epsom salt bath, and/or a short ice application will usually alleviate any discomfort.
Is manual osteopathy treatment safe?
Manual osteopathy is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal and joints complaints. Although manual osteopathy has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with manual osteopathy, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following manual osteopathy treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise or massage. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following soft tissue therapy typically fades within 24 hours.
Is osteopathy compatible with other types of treatments like massage therapy or acupuncture?
Yes, osteopathy can complement other therapeutic approaches. In the treatment of certain conditions such as depression, anxiety, and some chronic conditions, osteopaths may also make referrals to other health care practitioners like naturopathic doctors, MDs or psychologists for additional necessary support.
Is osteopathy covered by my insurance plan?
Tanya is a member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Please check with your benefits provider for details of your coverage.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.
How do I get there? Where do I park?
We are located in the heart of the Junction area of West Toronto at 2968 Dundas St W on the third floor. Our entrance is on Pacific Ave.
By bike: We have bike racks for Breathe students on the opposite side of the building.
By car: There is a Green P parking lot on Pacific Ave just south of Dundas St. Some street parking may be found in the vicinity (1 hr Max) but is difficult to find. We recommend the Green P parking. Please do not park in the No Frills or Sweet Potato parking lots as you will be subject to a ticket.
By bus: From Dundas West station, take the 40 Junction Bus and get off at Pacific Ave.
From High Park Station. About a 15-20 min walk on High Park Ave to Dundas St West and go East 2 blocks. Or take the 30 Bus towards Kipling and get off at Dundas St West and walk East 2 blocks.
DISCLAIMER: The information on this page does not constitute medical advice and you should ask your medical professional before taking this advice or any other advice found online.