What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which facilitates healing by focusing on how the whole body functions as a unit, including the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs.  Osteopathic techniques are effective in treating both acute and chronic pain conditions and improving mobility, health and general wellbeing.

Osteopathic practitioners seek the cause of pain and dysfunction by taking a comprehensive case history and physical assessment to look at the interaction of multiple systems in the body (digestive, neurological, cardiorespiratory, and musculoskeletal).  Osteopathic practitioners are trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and a wide range of hands-on techniques to provide a multi-system approach, which enables the primary cause(s) of dysfunction to be determined.

Treatment utilizes both direct and indirect manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization (stretching, massage, trigger point), myofascial release, muscle energy, positional release, joint mobilization, visceral release, and cranial osteopathy.  Techniques aim to address the cause of dysfunction and facilitate the body to integrate changes.  A patient-centered approach is taken that emphasises collaboration between patient and practitioner; treatment plans are discussed then individualized, and may include exercises, stretches, postural correction and other advice.

If you would like to know more about osteopathy and how it can benefit you please email Elaine at elainesauveosteopathy@gmail.com, she would be happy to answer your questions!

What do OHP Kelowna osteopathic practitioners treat?

Osteopathic practitioners treat a wide range of conditions and problems for people of all ages, including:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pelvic imbalances
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches
  • Hip, knee, ankle & foot pain
  • Shoulder, elbow, wrist pain
  • Sinus issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Joint and muscle pain, sprains & strains
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Digestive, respiratory, menstrual problems
  • Postural issues
  • Pregnancy & post-partum related pain
  • Babies & children

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Osteopathy

Initial Consultation

The initial consultation is approximately 45 minutes and includes a detailed health history to understand the various factors contributing to the presenting problem.

This is followed by a whole body assessment including relevant medical examinations, the presenting problem area and other regions relating to the area of pain.

Treatment is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and includes gentle hands-on techniques to release tension, improve range of motion and restore balance.  Subsequent advice and recommendations are given as applicable.

Is osteopathy covered by MSP?

Currently, treatment provided by osteopathic practitioners is not covered by MSP.

Is osteopathy covered by extended health?

Most major extended health insurance providers have an established relationship with Osteopathy BC and accept members as qualified providers. You must consult your specific plan for details.  Elaine is a member of Osteopathy BC so if your plan covers osteopathy a receipt will be provided that you can submit to your insurance provider.

Do I need a referral from my medical practitioner?

No, you do not need to consult your medical practitioner prior to seeing an osteopathic practitioner.  However, some insurance providers may require a referral for osteopathic treatment to be covered.  Please check your policy for details.