Manual Osteopathy In Vaughan
Manual Osteopathy treatments are a kind of physical therapy which can help alleviate pain caused by a variety of conditions. A Manual Osteopath’s work is based on the philosophy that all of the structures of the human body function as a unit. If one area develops dysfunction it can create problems in the other systems, resulting in pain, not only locally, but in the other parts of the body as well.
By addressing the source of the problem and not concentrating on symptoms alone, a Manual Osteopath is able to alleviate discomfort without the use of invasive surgery or drugs that may help with pain but cause side effects.
Despite originating over 140 years ago, Manual Osteopathy is not very well known in contemporary society. It was developed in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still MD, a physician, and surgeon who was frustrated with what he viewed to be the ineffective and hazardous nature of remedies of that time.
Some of the medicines commonly given to patients were arsenic, castor oil, whiskey, and opium. Additionally, unsanitary surgical practices often resulted in more deaths than cures. Although the medications and treatments have changed since that time, many of the remedies prescribed by traditional medicine still aren’t optional solutions.
Dr. Still believed that the doctor’s role in treating disease was to restore proper musculoskeletal function to the body through correcting structural problems arising within joints, muscles and connective tissues, surgery in some cases, and very sparing use of drugs. He believed in preventive medicine and that the body would operate smoothly into old age if properly maintained.
Manual Osteopathic therapy was developed to return proper function to every structure of the human body. The successful treatment allows blood and the nutrients it carries to flow freely throughout the circulatory system and helps the nervous system to function in the optimal fashion.
Muscles, joints, internal organs, connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels function together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body isn’t functioning optimally the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. Manual Osteopathy Practitioners can identify and correct these problems through a variety of treatment options.
The role of a Manual Osteopath is to find the source of the problems (not to focus on symptoms), and, through precise manual diagnosis and treatment, help the body heal itself.
A Manual Osteopath uses a sense of touch called, “palpation” to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restrictions, or strain within the human body. This palpatory ability is not a gift but rather a trained skill that takes years to develop.
The “palpitation touch,” technique also allows a Manual Osteopathy practitioner to detect almost imperceptible motion present in all living tissues. This motion is called Primary Respiratory Motility (PRM). This ability is what distinguishes Manual Osteopaths from other practitioners, like physiotherapists, chiropractors or RMT’s, allowing them to precisely locate the source of the dysfunction and correct it without using excessive force.
At OsteoKlinika, each patient receives a Manual Osteopathic assessment and orthopedic testing or checking of position and mobility of the specific structures. After the consultation and assessment are complete, we begin addressing the problems we’ve identified. There are many manual treatment techniques that may be used to treat dysfunction between systems in the body. Some of the osteopathic techniques Manual Osteopaths use include:
- Osteo-articular (joint) Adjustments
- Muscle Energy Techniques (MET)
- Visceral (internal organs) Manipulation
- Myofascial Release Techniques (MFR)
- Cranio-Sacral Therapy (Cranial Osteopathy)
- Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
- Soft Tissue Techniques (including Massage) and many others.
This variety is part of why Manual Osteopathy is so effective. When mastered and applied appropriately, the techniques of Manual Osteopathy are very powerful and effective. Depending on specific findings during an evaluation of a particular patient, one or more of these techniques can be used during a single treatment session to discover and address the problem. Manual Osteopathy adjustments are precise and gentle, eliminating the danger of injury during the treatment.
A Manual Osteopathy Practitioner assesses the patient’s condition then treats the issue with physical therapy.
A typical visit to a Manual Osteopathy clinic consists of a full-body evaluation. During the evaluation, the Manual Osteopathic practitioner will look at your posture and alignment of your body. He or she will check all of your joints including the spine, pelvis, ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders, and evaluate the condition of your muscles, tendons, and ligaments. A Manual Osteopath may also use their hands to palpate the position and motility of your internal organs and cranial (skull) bones.
In order to treat specific dysfunction, Manual Osteopaths may use two types of manipulative therapy: direct and indirect.
In the direct approach, the affected tissues are moved towards restricted movement and past the restriction barrier (eg. spinal adjustments with MET). In indirect techniques, they move the tight tissues towards the restriction and after finding the “point of balance”, they wait for the body’s inner ability to correct this dysfunction through the central nervous system response (eg. cranial corrections). Manual Osteopaths focus on tracing the changes in function that have occurred over a period of time.
A typical case where Manual Osteopathic treatment might help would be for a patient who falls hard on his bottom while skiing. The person develops low back pain, headache, and digestive dysfunctions following his injury. The Manual Osteopath begins with an assessment. The Manual Osteopath may detect misalignments of the pelvis, sacrum, or spinal joint. The patient’s liver may shift downward (ptosis), his muscles may go into protective spasm, and his craniosacral system may develop restrictions affecting the functioning of the central nervous system. In order to remove discomfort, all of these dysfunctions have to be dealt with within just a few treatments for the physical therapy to be successful.
Below you’ll find more examples of injuries which Manual Osteopathy can help with.
- Traumatic injuries (sports, car accidents)
- Low back pain, sciatica, disc herniations
- Osteoarthritis and Scoliosis
- Shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, ankle, foot pain
- Tension headaches and migraines
- TMJ (jaw) dysfunctions
- Strains and sprains (especially of the neck and back)
- Tendonitis (Tennis/Golfer’s elbow, rotator cuff tear) and Bursitis
- Plantar Fascitis and Frozen Shoulder
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Digestive problems (constipation, reflux)
- Postural stress contributing to weakness, fatigue, and loss of flexibility
- Post-surgical pain (scars, adhesions)
Note that Manual Osteopathy and Massage Therapy are covered by extended health care insurance and motor vehicle accident insurance.
Contact us today to book your first consultation with a Manual Osteopath and/or a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and take the first step to pain relief.
Therapeutic Ultrasound in Vaughan
Therapeutic Ultrasound treatment involves applying ultrasound waves directly to the patient’s skin using a round-headed wand and gel. Therapeutic Ultrasound is a modality that has been used by therapists for over 70 years.
Ultrasonic waves are produced and sent into the patient’s body by the vibration of the crystals within the head of the therapeutic ultrasound wand. The sound waves that pass through the skin cause a vibration of the local tissues. Maximum energy is absorbed primarily by connective issue, ligaments, tendons, fascia and also scar tissue.
Therapeutic ultrasound may have two types of benefits:
- Thermal effect caused by the body’s absorption of sound waves produced by the Therapeutic Ultrasound.
- Non-thermal effect caused by the vibration of the tissue, causing microscopic air bubbles to form. These microscopic air bubbles created by the Therapeutic ultrasound transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes, helping with pain management.
This physical stimulation appears to enhance the cell-repair effects of the inflammatory response, assisting in pain management for the patient.
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in tissue relaxation, local blood flow, and scar tissue breakdown. The increase in local blood flow helps to reduce swelling and chronic inflammation and according to some studies can promote bone fracture healing. A typical ultrasound treatment will take from 5-8 minutes depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated.
The conditions a Therapeutic Ultrasound can treat include:
- Recent soft tissue injuries
- Non-acute joint swelling
- Muscle spasm
- Arthritis of the shoulder and hip joint
- Venous ulcers and pressure sores
- Bursitis and tendinitis
- Nerve root pain
- Dupuytren’s contracture
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ligament pain (eg. low back pain caused by iliolumbar ligament tightness)
Contact Our Pain Management Clinic in Vaughan to set up an appointment for Therapeutic Ultrasound today.
Registered Massage Therapy in Vaughan
Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles and connective tissues). Manipulating and re-aligning these body parts speeds healing, reduces pain, and helps improve the functioning of the immune system. Massage Therapy may also alleviate stress and depression as well as symptoms of migraines, soft tissue injuries, strains/sprains, lower back pain, and muscle tension.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy (NMT) is an advanced massage technique that focuses on stimulating the origin and insertion of the muscles as well as areas of the muscle that exhibit metabolic changes called Myofascial Trigger Points.
These Myofascial Trigger Points are located within taut bands of the muscles and are treated with the application of sustained pressure. Longitudinal strokes along the muscles fibers are also used in a specific manner to reduce hypertonicity of the muscles.
NMT balances the Central Nervous System with the musculoskeletal system and corrects any imbalances between the two by manipulating the soft tissues of the body (muscles, tendons and connective tissue).
As a result of NMT, chronic pain is reduced, the function of joints and muscles is improved, and range of motion is increased. The NMT technique also speeds the healing process by facilitating the release of endorphins.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is used to treat the following five elements that cause pain:
- Ischemia - lack of blood supply to soft tissues, causing hypersensitivity to touch.
- Trigger Points - highly irritated points in muscles which refer pain to other parts of the body.
- Nerve compression and entrapment - pressure on a nerve by soft tissue or calcific changes in the bone.
- Postural distortion-imbalance of the muscular system resulting from the misalignment of the body.
- Biomechanical dysfunction - an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns during activities of everyday life and athletic performance.
Neuromuscular Massage Therapy is used to treat conditions such as chronic pain, sciatica, temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, rotator cuff dysfunction, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, shin splints, tension headaches, and more. It is used to release spasms, contractions, adhesions (scar tissue), and assists in venous and lymphatic flow, thereby reducing swelling and edema.
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BioFlex Laser Therapy
BioFlex Laser Therapy, sometimes called Cold Laser or Low-Intensity Laser Therapy, is a clinically proven treatment for a range of conditions.
BioFlex Laser Therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low-intensity laser diode or an array of high intensity super luminous diodes. It penetrates the tissue without generating heat and without damaging tissue. Unlike High-Intensity Laser used in surgery or hair removal, Low-Intensity Laser Therapy doesn’t damage the tissue cells.
Instead, it stimulates healing at the cellular level by increasing biochemical energy which cells need to regenerate. Treatments take about 30-60 minutes and should be applied two or more times per week.
BioFlex Laser Therapy is the chosen method of treatment for thousands of people suffering from various conditions. They choose BioFlex Laser Therapy in part because it helps with pain management. This proven and effective treatment also improves tissue repair, reduces inflammation, restores mobility and helps people regain their quality of life.
- Sports Injuries (sprains, strains, muscles, tendons, and ligaments tear)
- Arthritic conditions (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout etc.)
- Neuropathic Pain Syndromes (eg. disc herniation, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome)
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (rotator cuff tear, tennis and golfer’s elbow)
- Back, neck, knee, hip, shoulder pain (eg. frozen shoulder)
- Post-surgical wound healing and scar reduction
- Dermatological conditions (acne, ulcers, psoriasis)
- Production and release of endorphins (natural painkillers) by various cells in the body
- Production of cortisol to inhibit inflammation and help the body combat the stress associated with trauma
- Increased production of energy (ATP) by mitochondria resulting in improved cellular metabolism
- Production of new DNA that speeds up the healing process
- Reduction of transmission of nerve impulses due to elevated levels of serotonin and acetylcholine
- Increased speed of cell replication that results in regeneration and repair of damaged cells
- Modulation of microphagial formation and fibroblast that increases speed of tissue healing
- Formation of new blood vessels
- Improved immune system response (angiogenesis) and lymphatic drainage, production of growth hormone and altered histamine response to enhance natural bodily healing
- Highly effective
- Cure rate exceeding 95%
- No negative side effects
- May prevent need for surgery
- General Pain Management
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive Stress Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Ligament and tendon tears
- Fractures with associated soft tissue injuries
- Facet joint syndrome
- Bulging and herniated discs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Frozen shoulder
- Chondromalacia patella
- Calcifications (eg. bone spurs)
- Spinal stenosis
- Discogenic and vertebrogenic radiculopathy
- Wound healing (acute & chronic)
- Dermal ulcers secondary to diabetes
- Burns, swellings, edema
- Dermatological (eczemas, shingles, psoriasis, acne)
- Neurological (neuropathies, Bell’s palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia, etc)
Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, BioFlex Laser Therapy is non-toxic, non-invasive and no significant adverse effects have been noted in over one million individual treatments.
The number of treatments will depend on the chronicity and the extent of the pathology involved. Based on the genetic makeup of the cells, an individual’s response to BioFlex Laser Therapy will vary to some degree. A recent clinical review including 1,000 consecutively treated patients reveals the average number of treatments to be 9.4.
Get started with BioFlex Laser Therapy in Vaughan today! Your treatment starts at the first session. Visit us or get in touch for a consultation.
Electrotherapy in Vaughan
Electrotherapy is a physical therapy treatment which helps with pain management and treatment. In electrotherapy, electrical stimulation is applied to nerves and muscle-motor fibers
via electrodes placed on the patient’s skin. Modalities that are commonly used in electrotherapy are:
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
- Interferential Current (IFC)
IFC is mainly a form of TENS. It modulates a higher frequency current (4000-5000 Hz) that
penetrates the tissue more deeply than regular TENS unit (200-400Hz), with less discomfort for
the electrotherapy patient. We use IFC at our physical therapy clinic in Vaughan.
At the same time IFC uses modulation that prevents the nervous system from accommodating
to the continuous mode of TENS, thus improving duration of pain relief and pain management.
Two basic modes of relieving pain with TENS and IFC modalities of electrotherapy are:
- Continuous (high frequency)
When the Pulse Rate is set at 60-100 pulses per second pain relief is achieved through the “gate control theory”. The sensation produced with this setting can be described as a “tingling” in the skin and muscles between the electrodes. At this frequency, the unit produces an electrical signal that is stronger than the pain signal produced by the body. Because the signal is perceived as stronger, it effectively blocks the pain signal from traveling to the brain through the nerves.
- Burst (low frequency)
When the Pulse Rate is set below 10 pulses per second, electrotherapy produces visible muscle twitching. The body reacts to this type of stimulation by releasing endorphins and enkephalins (pain killing chemicals) that act as a chemical nerve block, effectively reducing pain.
- Relaxation of muscle spasm
- Prevention and retardation of disuse atrophy
- Increase of local blood circulation
- Muscle rehabilitation
- Maintaining and increasing joint range of motion
- Management of chronic pain
- Post-traumatic pain
- Post-surgical acute pain
- Wound healing
- Pressure and Venous stasis ulcers
- Acute and chronic edema/swelling
- Urine incontinence
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Looking for pain management and pain relief? Book an Electrotherapy appointment in Vaughan to begin your treatment today. Contact us or visit our pain management and rehabilitation clinic in Vaughan today.
Bio Structural Integration™
Wondering what Bio-Structural Integration is? Learn from the Manual Osteopath who developed the concept:
We believe that my method of Bio-Structural Integration™ developed for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions is going to change the face of Alternative Therapy in Vaughan and beyond.
Most people are familiar with physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy, acupuncture, or Massage Therapy. Unfortunately, these modalities are used in isolation and often address the symptoms, not the underlying cause of pain.
These treatments offer pain management, but they do little to solve the problem because they only focus on one system of the body (either on the muscular system - as with massage therapy - or the skeletal system - as with chiropractic treatment). Methods of therapy which are centered around only one system simply don’t work to optimally address the bodily dysfunction causing pain.
The body functions as a unit. When the body gets injured, the central nervous system may be affected, the joints will develop misalignment, the muscles will be in spasm, connective tissue and fascia become tight, the inflammatory process sets in, and even internal organs can be affected.
Every cell in our bodies works synergistically to maintain homeostasis. When one system is disturbed the other cannot function properly.
In our proprietary Bio-Structural Integration™ physical therapy method, we address the dysfunction at multiple levels and treat every system that is affected and causes pain. Within a single treatment we use:
- Cranial Osteopathy to release Central Nervous System Lesions.
- We follow cranial corrections with Osteopathic Structural Adjustments to correct the joints and Myofascial Release of connective tissue.
- Next, within pain management approach, we use Neuromuscular Massage Therapy and Muscle Energy Techniques to reduce muscular tension.
- Finally, we apply electrotherapy to interrupt the pain cycle and stabilize the structural integrity.
All of the treatments listed above are done within a 1-hour treatment. After the structure is realigned we recommend BioFlex Low-Intensity Laser Therapy to deal with chronic inflammation (which causes degenerative changes within the musculoskeletal system) and to stimulate the healing response down to the cellular level. This approach helps your body to recover faster. The Laser Therapy session may take 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the condition being treated. Elimination of inflammatory process also assists in the structural stabilization of the joints.
As a result of this treatment, muscles and ligaments relax, fascia releases its tension, and flexibility increases, bringing back normal range of motion and reduces pain.
OsteoKlinika’s Pain Management & Rehabilitation Program is a comprehensive physical therapy treatment. The program of rehabilitation lasts around 5 weeks and provides more than 90% rate of success in returning patients to a pain-free life.
If you have tried every possible known therapy and still have pain, you shouldn’t give up!
During many years of practice, we developed protocols for numerous conditions which are difficult to treat by other means. Visit our list of conditions treated to find out if your condition is on the list, or make an appointment and discover how you can return to a pain-free life.
Bio-Structural Integration ™ sets the new standard of rehabilitation that is unique, effective and provides a quick relief from pain. Book an appointment to start your pain-free life today.