Osteopathy is a way of treating and preventing health problems by moving and massaging your muscles and joints. It is based on the principle that your general health depends on the way in which your muscles and joints work together.
Finding an Osteopath in Toronto
If you are considering osteopathic treatment, it is important to find an osteopath who has the right training and qualifications. Two groups of professionals practice osteopathy in Toronto – osteopathic physicians and osteopathic practitioners.
If you have decided to visit an osteopath in Toronto, you may be wondering what to expect during your first consultation. Before booking your first appointment, you should check that they are registered with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO). You can do this by checking the register on the OAO’s website, http://www.osteopathyontario.org. Once you are satisfied that your osteopath is registered, you can schedule your first consultation.
Your First Consultation
Typically, osteopathy is a patient-centred form of healthcare. This means that it focuses on your body as a whole. During your first consultation, your osteopath will spend some time listening to your complaint and asking you questions about your health and lifestyle. The information you provide will be recorded in your case notes.