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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Osteopathy?


Manual osteopathy is a health care profession founded in 1874 by Dr. Andrew T. Still in the USA, that focuses on disorders of the muscles, bones, nerves and joint systems, and the effects of these disorders on general health.

Manual osteopathic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal and joints complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Manual osteopaths practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care.



What conditions manual osteopaths treat?


Mobile Osteopathy Canada provides osteopathic treatments for people of all ages; and for most conditions related to soft tissue injuries and muscular and joint pain such as: low back pain, neck pain, headaches, arthritis, sciatica & disc herniation and pain in joints such as knee, feet, hand, elbow, shoulder, hip and jaws.



What services are offered by Mobile Osteopathy Canada?


The only service provided by Mobile Osteopathy Canada is osteopathic treatment onsite at the comfort of your home or work.



What techniques are used for treatment?


Manual osteopathy constitutes many hands-on techniques such as soft tissue therapy (trigger point therapy, myofascial release technique), osteo-articular joint mobilization, therapeutic exercises and muscle energy techniques amongst others.



Is osteopathic treatment effective?


Clinical research has shown osteopathic treatment to be one of the most effective care available for low back pain, neck pain and other conditions of spine.



Does manual osteopathy treatment require a referral from a medical doctor?


A referral is usually not needed to see a manual osteopath; however, your health plan insurer may have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan provider directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements. Most plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment with a manual osteopath.



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.



Do insurance plans cover manual osteopathy?


Yes but it depends to practice jurisdiction. Manual osteopathic care is generally included in some health insurance plans, including major extended health plans, workers’ compensation, & auto insurers, among others.



How is a manual osteopathy treatment performed?


Manual osteopathy treatment is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the manual osteopath’s intense and comprehensive education. The manual osteopath typically uses his or her hands to provide manual treatment in order to decrease pain and improve function. Manual osteopathy treatment is a gentle, highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The manual osteopath adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.



Are your manual osteopaths licensed?


Mobile Osteopathy Canada; the largest osteopathic clinic in Canada, is a Canadian owned health provider company, licensed to operate in Canada.

All our manual osteopaths are board certified; meaning they have all passed the board exams administered by Canadian Manual Osteopathy Examining Board.

All our manual osteopaths are full professional members of International Osteopathic Association. They have received certificates of registration and license numbers from International Osteopathic Association.

All our manual osteopaths abide by the code of ethics established by International Osteopathic association.



What is your hours of operation?


Our manual osteopaths are available for treatments from 7am to 8pm; Mondays to Saturdays.



Is manual osteopathy treatment ongoing?


The hands-on nature of the manual osteopathy treatment is essentially what requires patients to have treatments a number of times. To be treated, a patient needs to be seen by a manual osteopath. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A manual osteopath may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your manual osteopaths should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.



How much the manual osteopathy treatment costs?


Mobile Osteopathy Canada has a flat fee rate of $100 per one hour of osteopathic treatment. There is no other fee. Please note the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) applies to all fees.



How fast can I have an appointment?


In certain cities we are completely booked and do not accept new patients. Elsewhere there is a long waiting list. To decrease the waiting list we are constantly looking to hire licensed manual osteopaths. Currently there is a shortage of licensed manual osteopaths in Canada. To remedy this and motivate students to study manual osteopathy, every year we offer $1,000 scholarships to ten students ($10,000 in total) and offer them a year of guaranteed employment upon graduation and obtaining license to practice manual osteopathy from International Osteopathic Association.



Where in Canada do you provide services?

Mobile Osteopathy Canada provides on-site manual osteopathy treatment in Toronto, Mississauga, North York, Brampton, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, Hamilton, Burlington, Oshawa, Ajax, Kitchener, St Catharine’s, Windsor, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Newmarket, Barrie, Vancouver, Victoria, Montreal, Quebec City, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Picketing, Whitby, Halifax and selected others.



How do I make an appointment?


To make appointment for the first visit it is best to use Mobile Osteopathy Canada online appointment form. Alternatively you may call the head office in Toronto at (416) 636-1500 to make an appointment.

For the subsequent visits you should make appointments directly with the manual osteopaths allocated to you.



How do I pay for treatment?


Payment of $113.00 can be directly made to the manual osteopath treating you. A receipt will be issued to you; that you may use to get reimbursed by your extended health plan provider if you have any. You may also pay with a personal or business cheque directly to your manual osteopath. If you choose to pay with a credit card; please call the head office at (416) 636-1500. If you pay with a credit card; your receipt will be mailed to you by the head office.



Who Can Benefit From Osteopathy Treatments?


Osteopathy is effective for people of all ages, from infants to the elderly. It offers an approach with gentle non-invasive techniques. An osteopathic assessment is so refined that the osteopathic manual practitioner can detect dysfunction without necessarily even having the benefit of a specific complaint, often difficult to obtain from young children.

Osteopathy is equally beneficial to athletes (whether professional or amateur), individuals with problems stemming from a sedentary job or life style, those exposed to occupational hazards, and to people suffering from a wide range of traumas.

Osteopathy can be a complement to medical care for women throughout their pregnancy and to mothers immediately after the delivery. In fact, osteopathy can be very effective in assisting the mother’s body to restore and resume function in the post-partum period.

Osteopathy assists patients to "manage" their own health so that "good health" is restored and maintained whenever possible. The philosophy of osteopathy promotes ‘health’ as opposed to ‘illness’, teaches people to learn to appreciate a quality of life and encourages opportunities to live it to the fullest.

Osteopathy customizes treatments for each individual according to his or her age, physical characteristics and specific reactions to treatments.



What Happens When You Visit an Osteopath?


A case history is taken:
The osteopathic manual practitioner conducts a thorough health survey listening to the chief complaint, any health issues, and other medical interventions received throughout the patient's life.

A physical assessment is performed:
The osteopathic manual practitioner conducts a physical examination to rule out any major health concerns and ensuring a safe treatment can be provided. The practitioner assesses all systems and structures that may be related to the area of complaint.

A treatment plan is implemented:
After reviewing the examination findings with the patient, the osteopathic manual practitioner creates a treatment plan.

A treatment is given:
Hands on Treatments are administered based on the assessment, and consecutive treatments are administered as needed.





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Mobile Osteopathy Canada is composed entirely of licensed manual osteopaths who travel to senior independent living, assisted living, and community center facilities as well as your home and work place to provide manual osteopathy treatment, instead of requiring you to travel to an osteopathic clinic.