Vancouver Osteopathy Centre

Frequently Asked Questions


Why choose Osteopathy?

Osteopathic practitioners treat the whole person. Treatment focuses on finding the source of the problem and not just chasing the symptoms. Major contributing factors that initially created the dysfunction, or are maintaining it are identified and released. Osteopathic practitioners spend more time with their patients, using a global approach and ensuring the changes that have been achieved are integrated by the whole body. Various types of techniques are used depending on a patient’s needs or preference. Supportive exercises are frequently prescribed to reduce pain, and improve posture.

Is Osteopathy covered by MSP?

At present, osteopathic physicians are covered by MSP. Manual
osteopathic practitioners are not covered.

Will my extended health insurance cover Osteopathy?

Most insurance companies in British Columbia do offer osteopathic coverage, but it depends on your plan. Upon payment, a receipt will be issued to you that you can then submit to your insurance company.


Do I need a referral from my doctor?

You do not need a referral from your family doctor to see your osteopathic practitioner.  Please be aware, however, that some insurance companies may require you to have a doctor’s referral for osteopathic treatment to be covered by them.  Please check your individual policy for details.

What will Treatment be like?

What will treatment be like?At your first consultation with an osteopathic practitioner a complete health history will be taken and the reason for your visit discussed.  A thorough physical examination follows:
  • Orthopaedic tests to identify joint restrictions
  • Soft tissue palpation to assess fascial and organ mobility
  • Cranial and nerve tissue tests to evaluate fluid dynamics and mobility of the nervous system
  • Postural evaluation with regard to the centre line of gravity
  • Gait analysis (walking pattern)
Findings from the examination and a subsequent treatment plan are then discussed.  Treatment follows in the time available, and techniques are performed mostly in sitting or lying positions.  A short assessment occurs at the beginning of subsequent treatments to identify areas which still need to be addressed.

Do I need to schedule a consultation initially?

No. On the first visit your present condition and health history will be discussed. A physical assessment will be conducted, and treatment will begin in the time remaining. In this way you can begin to experience the treatment and benefits.

What do you wear?

Regular underwear, soft shorts and/or stretchy yoga pants are suitable attire. For female clients, a bra that opens at the back is best. Gowns and shorts are available if needed.


How long are appointments?

They range from 60 to 90 minutes. Shorter appointments can be arranged.

What is the cost per treatment?

The fee ranges from $120.00-$150.00 per hour.

How many appointments will I need?

Each person is different depending on how long they have had their condition, what sort of lifestyle they lead, and their state of health. We usually recommend three treatments, spaced one to two weeks apart. Some people with less serious conditions may feel better right away. Other people with more difficult or chronic conditions will likely require further treatments to function well. You are reassessed at every visit and your treatment plan is tailored to meet your individual needs.

Is Osteopathic treatment painful?

Treatment Room Osteopathic treatment is extremely gentle. Practitioners respect the response of the body during treatment. One usually feels better after an osteopathic treatment although this may occur two to three days afterward. It is possible to feel a bit achy or sore initially. This can be caused by positive changes taking place in the body. For example, an area of the body that was not moving well initially may experience different sensations caused by improved circulation and nerve supply when better mobility is restored. Rest and hydrotherapy such as an epsom salt bath, and/or a short ice application will usually alleviate any discomfort.



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Our practitioners:


"I had been in chronic pain from a head trauma and whiplash. After seeing Caryn, I’m starting to do things again that I haven’t done in years. I feel like I have my life back."

- Patti L.

“If it weren’t for Deirdre and her magic hands I wouldn’t be as mobile as I am….If anyone can help you it’s [her].”

- Joanne C.

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.