What to expect

Our first meeting

My task as your osteopath is first to welcome you with respect and with professional attention to your needs and concerns. The first session involves several steps in order to understand and appreciate the manual practice of osteopathy.

The initial appointment is about 75 minutes.
The following appointments will be about 60 minutes.

$100. (no HST) Manual Practice of Osteopathy

Member of the Association of Osteopaths of New-Brunswick (AONB) and College of

For your treatment

I recommend for women to wear a sports bra. Boxer shorts will be provided.
Men should bring a type of soccer short or swimwear (loose clothing, no pockets and no zippers)

If you are not a water drinker, it is highly recommended that you begin drinking more water the day before treatment and right after the treatment.

http://www.dirjournal.com/health-journal/why-is-drinking-water-so-important/

What happens at the initial session?

As your therapist, I will go over the Health History Form. As we go over the form, I will try to get as much information as I can from you in order to better investigate the root of the problem. All is pertinent information such as birth, accidents, traumas, surgeries or other health concerns. Once we have done our investigation of your symptoms I will look at the expression of the whole body and observe any links that I may find between the different systems. We often use the expression “ listening hands” meaning that we have been trained to sense with our hands. We listen with our hands, feeling restrictions, lack of motions and lack of motility. This way, I will evaluate tissue mobility and physiological rhythms and use palpation as a tool to sense congestion, restriction, and absence of dissociation, lack of expression of the peripheral membranous rhythm and compaction. All tests will also include postural tests, dynamic muscle/ joint/ spinal/ visceral/ cranioSacral test.

As we move into the treatment, testing positions, mobility, and motility, I will explain what I have found and what I recommend. There are many different techniques available to me as your therapist and they are used often in different ways. Someone may have referred you to me but it does not mean that you will have the same treatment. The treatment is never the same from one session to another or from one person to another. During the session, you will be asked how you feel or if all is well. It is important for you to know that it is your session and your treatment, so you must express yourself if you have any discomfort or disagreement with the treatment. It is expected that you will discuss any discomfort or concerns prior to, during or after treatment. After the session we will talk about recommendations, how you feel and what is the next step for you.

A file will be open with your Health History Form and all additional information from one session to another. Confidentiality is assured and information to another party will be release only by your signed written consent.

How many sessions will I need?

Generally, after the 3rd or 4th treatment, I will evaluate if I am helping you or not. We will discuss a treatment plan. I usually like to see someone once every two to three weeks depending on the situation and your overall condition.
Remedial exercise may be suggested as well as discussing what you might be doing that prevents you from getting better. When the situation is well on its way for the better, only maintenance will be necessary. Again, the time will be discussed since no one is the same.

Is a one-hour session enough?

The first session is longer to give us the time to talk and investigate your situation. The following sessions should usually take an hour, but as I treat each patient, the timing might be adjusted. The body needs to integrate the treatment and too much new information from a longer session sometimes brings more discomfort. If you are pursuing alternate treatments, please have them in alternate weeks; you wait at least a week to ten days before having any other kinds of treatment. This will enable you to see what works or not and also you are allowing your body to participate in the changes brought on during a treatment.

One more thing!

It is good to mention to your doctor and / or other Health Practitioners that you are receiving Osteopathic Manual Practice. It is valuable to express the changes it brings about and also to keep you doctor informed of any changes. If you have concerns about certain medications and the effect of manual practice, it is better to visit your doctor first and to have peace of mind about the treatment.

Epsom salts baths are recommended prior to bedtime. This can help alleviate aches by eliminating metabolic waste and by relaxing the muscles. You may Google for more information or visit one of the following:
http://www.epsomsaltbath.org/
http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/about/
http://www.drlisawatson.com/epsom-salts-baths-and-beyond

Bring water to drink during your bath and let your body cool down on its own afterwards to enjoy a relaxing sleep.

If you have high blood pressure or experience frequent dizziness, please consult with your physician before taking an Epsom salts bath.