In some cases, YES!
Each situation is different and coverage eligibility is determined by your claim coordinator.
My typical clients are people with pain and/or limited motions, who are ready to make changes. Some of my clients have new pains for a variety of reasons, while others have chronic pain (in many cases for decades).
Regardless of their condition, my clients are ready to re-gain control of their health and get back to the activities they enjoy.
Everyone requires a different treatment plan and has different treatment goals, but here are some general rules-of-thumb
Your Life is Greatly Affected (sleep, work, movement, etc)
- once / week
Uncomfortable but Coping
- once /2 weeks
Symptoms are Minimal
- once/3 weeks, then once/4 weeks
Long-term Health / Prevent Re-occurrence of Symptoms
- once/4-8 weeks … until the underlying causes are removed as much as is possible
Osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medically related profession, but no form of medical treatment is ever 100% safe in every case.
Osteopaths treat more than you think.
While Osteopathy is well known for treating
- Muscle and Joint Pains
- Back and Hip Pain
- Chronic Pains
… it is also capable of helping people who suffer from
- Digestive Issues
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Postural Problems
- Urinary and Gynecological Issues
- … and more
Osteopaths also deal regularly with patients who have been injured in the workplace, at home or while playing sport.
Chronic pain, more than any other complaint, brings people to Osteopathy.
Osteopathy is known for finding and removing the underlying mechanical causes of pain and problems, not just removing the symptoms.
Patient complaints may include pain anywhere in the body as well as headaches, pain in the back, neck, arm, shoulder, leg… all signs that something is wrong. Many people suffering with chronic pain have been seeing practitioners and taking pain medications – sometimes for years – but have never gained permanent relief.
The goal of osteopathic treatment is to find, and then remove, the underlying mechanical cause of the symptoms a client feels. When all these mechanical causes are removed, a client’s body can properly heal, and return to optimal health.
While Osteopathy is best known for treating pain and postural issues, it cannot cure issues or diseases that are not mechanical in nature. However, Osteopathy can still help to relieve many of the symptoms of those diseases. A few examples where Osteopathy can help are:
- For those Arthitis : reduce pain and improve motion
- For those with Multiple Sclerosis : improve strength
- For those with Fibromyalgia : improve pain threshold, perceived pain, attitude toward treatment, activities of daily living, and perceived functional ability
The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874.
It originally began as an alternative to conventional medicine, but scientific and medical advances in both fields have shown them to now work extremely well together.
Most Osteopathic techniques are very gentle.
In general, most treatments are designed to work with the body, and do not require much force. However, if you are already in extreme pain, a light touch may aggravate your condition for a short while, until your body has time to start healing.
What sets Osteopathy apart from other practitioners is that manual osteopaths search for the underlying mechanical cause of symptoms and we acknowledge the links between distant regions of the body.
- tension in the abdomen may be responsible for back pain
- a problem with the ankle may cause low back pain
- hips ‘out of alignment’ may be responsible for headaches
Most Extended Health Plans do have coverage for Manual Osteopathy. It is up to each client to find out if their plan has coverage.
Also, Mark MacKenzie, DOMP, is fully licensed by the Society of Osteopaths of Canada.
Wear clothes that allow you to move freely. For example, shorts and a T-shirt.
An initial visit usually consists of
- a discussion of your issues
- motion testing
- manual therapy
- a discussion of findings
- a discussion of a treatment plans
Initial visits usually last about 75 minutes.