FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS OSTEOPATHY COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE?
Osteopathic manual therapy is not covered by MSP, as we are not physicians. However most extended benefit plans cover osteopathy (when provided by an Osteopathy BC member) so please check with your benefits provider for specific details of your plan. Please note that payment is due at the time of your appointment. You will be issued with a receipt which you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
DO I NEED A DOCTOR’S REFERRAL?
You do not need a doctor’s referral to visit an osteopathic practitioner, unless it is required by your insurance company.
WHAT IS YOUR NEW PATIENT PROCEDURE?
When we first meet, I’ll want to know about you and your symptoms to get an idea of how I can help you. Your health history intake will include your complete medical history, including any medications you may be taking, and a review of previous traumas, lifestyle and habits, activity levels, and a discussion about your current struggles, goals, and expectations.
Due to COVID-19, all initial appointments are currently being conducted online or by phone.
In-person appointments will include assessment and treatment.
Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to treatment. I may look at the area that is troubling you as well as other parts of your body. For example, if you have a sore knee, I might also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
We will discuss the assessment findings and together, we will come up with a plan to get you feeling better and work towards meeting your goals.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE GENERALLY NEEDED, AND HOW OFTEN?
The first follow-up visit is usually booked within 1-2 weeks following the initial consultation. Most people can expect to begin to experience progress within the first 1-3 appointments.
Follow up visits are typically booked anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart, and treatment frequency is based on individual situations and needs, which we will discuss. Many people enjoy the relaxing benefits of osteopathy and choose to receive regular treatments as part of their self-care plan.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Comfortable, stretchy clothing is ideal, for example, sweat pants or shorts and tank top or cotton t-shirt.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?
Please bring along any medical imaging (X-ray, CT, MRI) reports and other medical test results that you might have that are pertinent to your situation. An initial intake form will be emailed to you prior to your initial appointment for you to fill out ahead of time.