Osteopathic treatment can be helpful for a wide range of ailments and conditions. Treatment generally involves removing strains, restrictions, and old injury patterns from the body through gentle manipulation.
As the affected area of the body comes to balance the patient’s own healing intelligence is given a chance to do its work. In this way, the treatments address both acute and long-standing conditions, even those that have been resistant to change.
In addition to addressing specific conditions, osteopathic treatments consider the whole body, and will often result in an increased feeling of well-being in the patient.
What happens during a visit to the osteopath?
A visit to a D.O. is much like a visit to your family doctor. The D.O. will ask you questions about your medical history, physical condition, and lifestyle.
However, the physical exam of your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons will be more extensive than with your family doctor. During the physical, the D.O. may:
- Look at your posture, spine, and balance
- Check your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Use his hands to manipulate your back, legs, or arms
They may also measure changes in your skin temperature and sweat gland activity. If needed, the D.O. will order X-rays and laboratory tests.
When the results are in, the D.O. will make a diagnosis and set up a treatment plan for you that may include prescription medications.
For problems involving the bones, muscles, tendons, tissues, or spine, many D.O.s use OMTs. There are two categories of OMT procedures: direct and indirect.
In direct OMT, "problem," or "tight" tissues are moved (by the D.O., the person being treated, or both) toward the areas of tightness. In indirect OMT, the D.O. pushes the "tight" tissues away, in the opposite direction of the muscle's resistance.
The D.O. holds the tissues in this position until the tight muscle relaxes.
What illnesses and conditions respond well to osteopathy?
Most osteopathic doctors use many of the medical and surgical treatments used by medical doctors. OMTs are used to treat a variety of health problems, both musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal.
The best scientific evidence shows that OMTs are most effective for back and neck pain. In fact, you may be able to reduce the amount of pain medication you are taking for back pain if you receive OMTs as part of your therapy.
Some preliminary evidence also shows that OMTs may be helpful for:
- Low back pain
- Ankle injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Neck pain
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Recovery after surgery
- Menstrual pain
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Pregnancy and labor
How much does an osteopath cost in Hamilton?
The cost of osteopathic treatment depends on the fee set out by the particular osteopath. Typically, an hour appointment will cost between $60 to $130 per hour.
The number of appointments will depend on the complexity and severity of the particular condition.
Some private healthcare insurance plans cover osteopathic treatment; you should consult the details of your plan carefully before starting treatment.
Here Are The Best Osteopaths in Hamilton
1. Bannock’s Body Mechanics
Jeremy Bannock graduated from the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy with top honours in his class, which is an intensive 4 year full time program located in Hamilton, ON.
Bannock clinic's goal is to help each individual patient to achieve a more pain-free future and to help them maintain a more positive state of health.
Jeremy has greatly improved ongoing pain and mobility issues in a much shorter time than I was expecting. I enjoy how he explains the mechanics of the treatment he is providing. I am incredibly happy with how he has helped me. I feel that his prices are fair and reasonable and his availability is generally pretty good. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
Address: 189 Hess St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2T1, Canada
2. Integrated Bodywork
Ki-Hun Lee is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Registered Massage Therapist, FSM Practitioner at Integrated Bodywork. He is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at Yonge and Eglinton.
As an osteopathic manual practitioner, Ki-Hun works to support people to live their lives fully, free of pain by aligning the spine and integrating it with the rest of the body parts to optimize the nerve force and blood circulation.
Ki-Hun has been able to help me immensely with a persistent, year long issue in my back left shoulder and collarbone area. After seeing multiple physiotherapists and chiropractors, I cannot recommend his services enough. I’m finally starting to feel like my old self again which I attribute to him. Thank you Ki-Hun!
Address: 55 Eglinton Ave E Suite 700, Toronto, ON M4P 1G8, Canada
3. Ancaster Osteopathic Clinic
The Hamilton Osteopathic Centre treat many conditions and serve all ages from newborn to seniors.
Their Osteopaths are held to the high standards set forth by the Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals and have the latest in ongoing education in the field of Osteopathy.
I would highly recommend Ancaster Osteopathic Clinic. I hurt my back and Dwayne helped me immensely. He provided professional and compassionate service. He made me feel comfortable and I walked away feeling much better.
Address: 1175 Wilson St E unit 5, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K6, Canada
4. Osteopathy - Hamilton Mountain
Ashley has relieved some chronic shoulder and neck issues that I have been dealing with. She is a genuinely greasy practitioner and really focuses on the entire body versus just focusing on the area in pain. After every treatment I am always feeling better. Every time I have an issue or new pain that emerges she is always able and available to help. It is really great to have a practitioner that you know you can rely on especially when you are experiencing pain. I highly recommend her to all of my friends, family, and anyone else I come across. Thank you Ashley!
Address: 883 Upper Wentworth St Suit 303, Hamilton, ON L9A 4Y6, Canada