Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner?
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners have an in-depth knowledge of functional anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. This knowledge is used to apply hands on treatment to restore proper body mechanics and liberate the nerves, arteries, veins, and lymphatics.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioners who are members of the OOA (Ontario Osteopathic Association) and OSTCAN (Osteopathy Canada) have:
A 4 year full time osteopathic training totalling 4200 hours
1000 hours of supervised clinical training
Training which has met the Type 1 standard outlined by the World Health Organization
Completed a certification exam covering anatomy, physiology, osteopathic theory, red flags and ethics
Adheres to OSTCAN Standards of Practices and satisfy continuing education requirements
What can Osteopathy help with?
Neck, back and joint pain
Headaches and migraines
Sinus problems and congestion
Digestion and elimination problems
Repetitive strain injuries (including Tennis and Golfer’s elbow)
Hip, buttock and leg pain
Arthritic pain and stiffness
General stress and tension
What should I wear to my appointment?
We ask that you wear loose fitting clothing that will not restrict your movement such as t-shirts and sweatshirts, or anything that you would wear to work out in. Preferably no jeans, dresses or skirts
What should I expect after my appointment?
Every person responds to treatment differently. It is common to feel tired or relaxed immediately after treatment and some people note feeling sore or achy the day following treatment.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
You do not need a referral to see an Osteopathic practitioner, be we do request that you get clearance from your primary care physician for manual therapy if you have any pre-existing injuries or conditions.
How many treatments will I need?
The goal of treatment to get the body moving and functioning better so that we get to a point that we don’t always need to book a follow up appointment. The number of treatments required varies for each person. A good metric is 4-6 treatments to see whether Osteopathic treatment will be able to help, whether it may need a little more time, or if it’s already feeling better.
Why are treatments booked one at a time?
Typically we schedule patients with 1 to 2 weeks between treatments to start. This allows the body time to integrate the treatment as you go about your daily life. The time in between treatments is just as important as the treatment itself. We are looking at building your body’s health to tune into the body’s natural ability to self-heal and self-repair. As the body begins to move and function better, treatment gets spaced out further.
Is Osteopathy covered by insurance?
Most extended health benefits supply some coverage for Osteopathic care. Please check with your provider, as all plans are different.
Alex Anstett is a member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA) and Osteopathy Canada (OSTCAN), which is in good standing with all insurance providers in Canada. If you do have coverage for Osteopathy, it will likely cover here.
Do you offer direct billing?
At this time, direct billing is not available. Patient will pay directly for each treatment and will be issued a receipt with your practitioner’s unique billing number so you can run your claim through your insurance provider.
What are your fees?
Initial Assessment and Treatment (45-60 minutes): $95.00
Follow Up Treatment (20 minutes): $70.00
Children (Up to 12 years): $35.00