Vancouver Osteopathy Centre

Conditions Treated

Vancouver Osteopathy Centre Conditions TreatedIn This Section:

Back and Neck Pain

The normal spinal curves exist to aid with shock absorption during our daily activities.  An injury can result in the flattening of a spinal curve (flat lower back or neck), or the exaggeration of a spinal curve (more rounded mid-back). A postural imbalance can lead to joint degeneration and soft tissue dysfunction.

Osteopathic treatment of the spine may include:

  • Release of tension in the fascia and muscles
  • Release of nerve tissue tension including that around the brain and spinal cord
  • Mobilisation of organ restrictions relating to the spine
  • Exercise prescription and postural advice
Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Whiplash

Symptoms of whiplash, commonly caused by car accidents and sports injuries, can occur immediately or develop over time and include:
  • Pain and stiffness in the neck, upper, middle and  lower back, pelvis, shoulders and ribs
  • Pins and needles or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to focus

Osteopathic treatment of whiplash may include:

Techniques to:

  • Promote good fluidic circulation
  • Balance the “shaken up” autonomic nervous system
  • Release joint restrictions
And:
  • Fascial and fluidic techniques to remove the strain and shock of the impact
  • Advice regarding posture, exercise and activities
Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Headaches

Headache TreatmentThere are many different types of headaches such as tension-type, migraines and those originating from the neck.

Osteopathic treatment of headaches can be extremely effective and can include techniques to:

  • Mobilise joint and soft tissue tensions in the neck, upper back, clavicles and upper ribs
  • Mobilise the nerve tissue including that surrounding the brain and spinal cord
  • Address postural compensations elsewhere in the body which may be influencing the headaches
Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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TMJ / jaw problems (Temporomandibular Joint)

Usually part of a more generalised musculoskeletal dysfunction, these symptoms include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Clicking and/or locking of the jaw
  • Headaches or earaches
  • Ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • Sinus issues

Osteopathic treatment of this condition will usually include techniques that:

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  • Release tension in the jaw muscles and ligaments
  • Realign the TMJ or jaw
  • Mobilise the bones of the roof of the mouth and the cranial base
  • Mobilise tensions in other organs that are associated with the jaw (e.g. stomach and oesophagus)
  • Address joint restrictions and soft tissue tension in the neck
  • Release postural adaptations elsewhere in the body which may be influencing the jaw
Osteopathic treatment works exceedingly well in this area as it expedites the movement of the bones to which the teeth are attached, and assists in balancing the bite.  Conversely, in clients whose TMJ has difficulty in maintaining alignment, a dental consultation may be recommended to address bite issues.
Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Soft tissue injuries: sprains, strains, tendonitis

Soft tissue injuries can occur in ligaments, muscles, tendons and bursae resulting in pain, swelling and limited mobility.

Ankle treatmentOsteopathic treatment of soft tissue injuries may include:

The RICE method:
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation
And:
  • Cranial, joint, and fascial techniques that address the fluids in the area of injury
  • Techniques to address postural issues elsewhere to alleviate stress on the injured area
  • Techniques to address the spinal segments of the neck or back to ensure unimpeded nerve supply to the injured muscle or joint
  • Exercises to retrain balance receptors, strengthen muscles and  to retrain muscle patterning so that the injury does not recur
Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Joint dysfunction and arthritic pain

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint condition caused by breakdown of cartilage, causing pain and inflammation. It affects the normal population as they age, or can occur prematurely in a joint injured earlier in life.

Typically it affects the:

  • Hands
  • Neck
  • Lower back
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Feet

An osteopathic treatment of joint dysfunction and arthritic pain may include techniques to:

  • Improve flexibility and mobilise joints
  • Promote better fluid flow and flush out the by-products of inflammation
  • Techniques to address the spinal segments of the neck or back to ensure unimpeded nerve supply to the joint and its corresponding muscles
  • Spine treatment

    Address tensions in the organs that can cause referred joint pain
  • Address postural compensation elsewhere in the body which could be influencing the affected joint
  • Educate regarding joint protection
  • Promote flexibility and strength in the affected joint and neighbouring areas

 

Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Nerve pain – sciatica, tingling, and numbness

As the nervous system is one continuous unit, tension in one area may cause symptoms elsewhere.

These symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the lower back, hip and/or leg
  • Pins and needles
  • Numbness
  • Muscle weakness and loss of reflexes
  • Sudden lack of control of bladder or bowel function (requires immediate attention from a medical doctor)

 

Osteopathic treatment for this condition may include the following:

  • A referral to a medical doctor if an acute disc protrusion is suspected
  • Advice regarding application of ice, posture, activity modification and positioning for pain relief and disc health
  • Gentle fascial and joint mobilisation techniques
  • Release of tension in the visceral (organ) system which may influence the local joint mechanics
  • Ensuring nervous system mobility
  • Promoting good fluid circulation
  • Exercises to reduce stiffness and to strengthen muscles


Osteopathy is unique in the types of nervous system mobilisation techniques, and fluid flushing techniques that are used.

Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Difficult digestion, acid reflux, constipation

Hand treatmentThe organs that play a role in digestion are the:

  • Oesphagus
  • Stomach
  • Small intestine and large intestine (colon)
  • Pancreas and liver
Disruption or tension in these areas can result in acid reflux, hiatus hernia, and chronic constipation. Chronic constipation frequently leads to chronic restrictions and stiffness in the pelvis and spine.

Osteopathy is unique in its ability to assess and treat the motion of these organs. It also ensures that the area of the spine which is the source of nerve supply to these organs is mobile and well-aligned. 

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Painful periods and ovulation / chronic pelvic pain and bladder issues

Some women experience discomfort around the time of their period and/or ovulation.

Periods and Bladder issues Pain and cramping may be experienced in the:

  • Lower abdomen
  • Lower back, pelvis and  pelvic floor muscles
  • Legs

Hormonal control for this area is governed by the pituitary gland in the brain.

Bladder issues can affect both women and men, with symptoms ranging from:

  • Urgency
  • Frequency
  • Incontinence (involuntary loss of urine)
  • Chronic infection and pain

The uterus (womb), ovaries and bladder are supplied by nerves from the lower back and pelvis.

Osteopathic treatment of period or bladder issues can be very successful and includes techniques to:

  • Mobilise and align the pelvis to which the bladder and womb are attached
  • Mobilise the lower back and sacrum which is the source of the nerve supply of these organ
  • Release tension from:
    • A tight pelvic floor and to improve muscular control
    • The tailbone to aid the pelvic floor muscles and to free the surrounding nerve tissue
  • Improve function of the pituitary gland
  • Address postural issues elsewhere in the body which may be influencing the pelvic problems
Note: It is wise to consult medical advice as some bladder and menstrual symptoms are due to conditions which require care above and beyond osteopathy. It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Pregnancy discomfort, labour preparation and post-natal care

If you are planning to have a child, an assessment by an osteopathic practitioner will ensure that your body is ready for the major changes that occur during pregnancy.  Past injuries and traumas can make it difficult for the body to accommodate these changes.

FunctionalSymptoms during pregnancy can range from:

  • Pain in the lower or mid-back, sciatica
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Shallow breathing
  • Fluid retention

An osteopathic practitioner can help:

  • Maintain alignment and flexibility of the pelvis, spine and ribcage
  • Treat the diaphragm and the liver which can positively impact symptoms of nausea, heartburn, shallow breathing and fluid retention
  • Address previous pelvic trauma (caused by a fall, for example) that can lead to restriction and increased tension
  • Assist in release of the pelvis and abdomen such that the baby can optimally position itself to facilitate a safer delivery for mother and child.

After delivery, osteopathic treatment can help:

  • Realign the spine and pelvis
  • Treat scars from tearing, episiotomies and caesarian sections
  • Teach good motor control of the pelvic floor muscles
  • Address tensions and discomfort associated with prolonged positioning while breastfeeding
  • Treat pain or tension associated with having an epidural

Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Children: unsettled babies, colic, recurrent ear infections

Many childhood issues can respond positively to osteopathic intervention and include:

  • Unsettled babies
  • Colic
  • Sucking or feeding difficulties
  • Digestive issues
  • Wry neck (torticollis)
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Cranial moulding
  • Ear infections
  • Learning and concentration difficulties
  • Chronic immune problems like sinusitis or recurrent colds
  • Dental and orthodontic concerns
  • Scoliosis
  • Balance issues
  • Injuries and strains from falls and tumbles

Children are commonly thought to be immune to structural stresses and strains, and resilient to injury. In reality, strains and tensions early in life often become incorporated into the growing body. Fortunately, children have a profound life force which can allow rapid results with osteopathic treatment.  

Note: It is important that you speak with your medical doctor for the complete diagnosis of any medical condition.

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Did you know?

Osteopathic practitioners in Canada study for 5 years and then must complete a thesis which usually takes at least another 2 years.

Osteopathic practitioners develop very sensitive palpation skills that enable them to detect the subtleties of disturbed tissue or rhythms in the body.