Frequently Asked Questions About Osteopathy and Our Practice


Is manual osteopathy treatment safe?

Manual osteopathy is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal and joint complaints. Please note that although manual osteopathy has an excellent safety record and the associated risks are small, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. After a manual osteopathy treatment, many patients feel immediate relief. Others may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after exercise or a massage. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following soft tissue therapy typically fades within 24 hours.


Is osteopathic treatment effective?

Clinical research has shown osteopathic treatment to be one of the most effective forms of care for low back pain, neck pain and other conditions of the spine.


Does manual osteopathy treatment require a referral from a medical doctor?

A referral is not needed to see a manual osteopath and most health insurance plans allow you to just call and schedule an appointment.

However, some health insurance providers have specific referral requirements. You may want to contact your employer’s human resources department—or the insurance plan provider directly—to find out if there are any referral requirements.


How do I pay for treatment?

Kitchener Osteopathy accepts debit, cash and e-transfer payments. In special circumstances only, we can process payments by credit card.

A receipt will be issued for you to submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement.


More Information

To learn more about Osteopathy, visit the National Manual Osteopathic Society website: nmos.ca


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