You may be asked to remove an item of clothing, so we do have gowns if needed. Please wear something you are comfortable in or bring a pair of shorts or loose pants if applicable.
Of course – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment. Children under sixteen years of age can have a parent/guardian present.
Some soft tissue treatment may cause mild discomfort during treatment. Your osteopath will tell you what to expect, and will want you to let them know if you are in pain. You may feel a little stiff or sore after treatment. This is a normal, healthy response to the treatment.
Although referral by a doctor is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their doctor and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are kept current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners. Osteopaths are skilled in diagnostic techniques and trained to identify when a patient needs to be referred to a doctor.
All appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes. Osteopaths also offer added exercises and health advice, to help reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of health.
Treatments cost $80 per treatment for adults, and $40 per treatment for children aged 13 and under.
If you have private health care insurance it may be possible for you to claim for your treatment. You will need to ask your insurance company about the available level of coverage and whether you need to be referred by your doctor or a specialist. Unfortunately we are not yet able to direct bill for all insurance companies.
No, osteopathy is not regulated in any Canadian Province, but the Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO) is in the process of working towards regulating Osteopathy in Nova Scotia. Ontario — with 120 members — is starting dialogue with the Department of Health to become a regulated health profession. Currently anyone can say that they practice osteopathy or use osteopathic techniques. There are currently fifty five osteopaths in Nova Scotia who are registered with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners. Only these osteopaths can bill health insurance companies for osteopathic treatment.
Manually-trained osteopathic therapists are different from osteopathic physicians. Osteopathic physicians are trained as medical doctors in the USA and work in similar ways to medical doctors.