Frequently Asked Questions
What happens during my first consultation?
When we first meet, I’ll want to know all about you and your symptoms to get an idea of how I can help you. Your health intake will include your complete medical history, 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 being conducted online or by phone. If time allows, clinical testing and assessment may follow (if they can be done visually) and may include observing your range of motion, asking you to perform certain movements, and other mobility tests.
In-person appointments will include palpation-based testing to assess the quality of tissues, strength, and quality of movement.
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.
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 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?
Please bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you might have. An initial intake form will be emailed to you prior to your initial appointment for you to fill out ahead of time.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, I will aim to make you as comfortable as possible and will only do so with your permission.
Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, you can always contact me to discuss your concerns.
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 feel relief within the first three treatments, however, more chronic conditions may take longer to resolve. Follow up visits are typically booked anywhere from 2-4 weeks apart, and treatment frequency is based on individual 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.
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