Thiago Menon completed a 6 years program in Osteopathy at the Madrid School of Osteopathy, in 2018, he received his DO from IBO Brazilian Institute of Osteopathy. He had his own practice in Brazil where he had the opportunity to work with a wide range of patients of different ages and conditions. In 2017, he moved to Canada and worked in different locations in Richmond, Vancouver and Calgary. Originally, Thiago graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2004 in Brazil, but isn’t registered as a physiotherapist in Canada.
Thiago is currently practicing as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, and is not able to bill as physiotherapy.
He has taken a special interest in athletes, as he worked as an Osteopathic Practitioner at Volleyball Maringa of the Super League in Brazil. In Vancouver, he had the opportunity to work with the Women’s Canadian National Volleyball Team during the summer season in 2018 and also with professional ballet dancers.
With a strong background for treating low back pain, headaches, disc hernias, migraines, torticollis, reflux, gastritis, and pediatric/infant care, Thiago uses a wide variety of techniques and skills that allow him to treat with compassion and he enthusiastically commits to the health and well-being of his patients.
Thiago is an active member of the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists (AAOMT) and Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas (DO MRO Br) and an active member of Osteopathy BC (Society for the Promotion of Manual Practice Osteopathy). AAOMT and Osteopathy BC are members of both the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO) and the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA).
Osteopathic manual therapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of disorders of the body’s structure, whether it is related to the pelvis, peripheral joints, visceral organs, nervous systems, venous system or spine. Osteopathic manual therapists (OMPs) use manipulations to the joints or organs and gentle oscillatory movements to correct biomechanical dysfunctions that are related to neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Additionally, they will also provide advice regarding exercises, diet and lifestyle to augment the body’s own healing capabilities. By restoring proper mechanics to an area, the therapist allows for improved function to reduce pain and to restore normal activity.
OMPs believe the theory of Tensegrity, that abnormal functioning of one area can cause symptoms to present elsewhere in the body. When the body is balanced there is no excessive stress anywhere in the body, but when the body becomes out of balance this can be amplified to other areas. Osteopathic manual therapists regard the whole of the body as greater than a collection of all its parts. They acknowledge the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and seek to support that process by removing any obstacles that impede it. In order for this to happen osteopathic manual therapists are experienced in individualized patients management, which includes educating the patient about their particular condition and how they can adjust their lifestyle to allow themselves the best possible chance recovery or optimal management.