Osteopathy Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the treatments?
The first session is 1 hour. Margot will take the time to talk to her patient, understand why they are here, and get to know them better. This is an important step in order to gain the trust of her patient.
Then, if necessary patients will need 30 min follow-up sessions. Follow-up visits are not systematic and depend on the patient’s complaint and the kind of treatment Margot will need to provide.
How many treatments will I need?
That totally depends on the main complaint of the patient. Some treatments can be done in one session, others might need 4 or 5.
Do I need to get undressed?
As a manual practitioner, Margot prefers to see and touch the skin, as she considers that to be an essential part of the diagnosis. She recommends wearing shorts and a tank top but totally understands that it’s up to the patient’s comfort level. Yoga pants and all stretchy clothes are appropriate as well.
Is Osteopathy covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately not. However, most private health insurance plans cover osteopathy.
Do I need a doctor’s note to see an osteopath?
No, you do not.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and osteopath?
A chiropractor is a spine specialist, they work on biomechanical and structural derangement of the spine that can affect the nervous system. Chiropractic treatments can restore the structural integrity of the spine, reduce pressure on the neurological tissue, and consequently improve the health of the individual.
An osteopath has more a global approach of the patient and sees him as a globality from head to toes, with a lot of anatomic inter-relations. The goal of the treatment(s) is to find the origin of the pain, and treat it, as sometimes the pain is not where the main problem is. An osteopath uses a different thinking process for diagnosis.
Both osteopathy and chiropractic care are manual therapies but treatment and techniques will be different.