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Osteopathic Manual Therapy

** Joanne Pady’s schedule has very limited availability and there is a waitlist she is accepting patients for

** Thiago Menon is accepting new patients and available

What is Osteopathic Manual Therapy?

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.

What conditions should I see an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner for?

Benefits of Osteopathy:

Through manual techniques, osteopathic practitioners perform light touch and small movements that release joints, muscles, fascia and ligaments, triggering the rebalance of the body. Over time, this tends to improve acute or chronic pain conditions.

Many patients report significant improvement in quality of life. Some areas that can be addressed include: performance in physical activity, general mood, sleep, migraines, heartburn, acid reflux, regular bowel movements, numbness/tingling in arms and legs, and more.

Results require both input from the osteopathic practitioner, and home exercises to be done following a patient’s in office treatment. Gradual education and guidance allows for greater results over time.

What is Osteopathic Manual Practice?:

Osteopathy was developed in the 19th century by physician Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in the USA.

Osteopathy is a WHO recognized practice involving specific manual treatments to relieve pain and recover musculoskeletal injuries. The approach of an osteopathic manual practitioner includes methodology of assessment and treatment based on the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the human body.

In BC, DOMP’s are registered under the Osteopathy BC association which meets the high standards of requirements in osteopathic manual practices around the world. Osteopathic practitioners are members of Canadian Federations of Osteopathy (CFO) and OIA Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA).


Our Practitioners

Joanne Pady

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Works with Dive Canada treating competitive athletes. Teacher at Camosun and West Coast College of Massage Therapy in Victoria. Loves to be out hiking and kayaking.
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Thiago Menon

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Thiago Menon completed a 6 years program in Osteopathy at the Madrid School of Osteopathy, in 2018, he received his...
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