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Patient FAQ's

This page has been updated as of June 2014.

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  1. Reimbursements for Treatments.
  2. What is Osteopathic Manual Treatment?
  3. Do I Need a Prescription to Receive Treatment?
  4. What Type of Problems Can Osteopathy Treat?
  5. What Is the Duration of a Treatment and How Many Are Necessary?
  6. What Happens During an Osteopathic Manual Treatment?
  7. What Is the Cost of an Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?
  8. Is the Cost Covered by Provincial or Private Insurance?
  9. Does it Hurt?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reimbursements for Treatments

Osteopathic Manual treatments provided by Osteopaths registered with GOCO is covered by many Insurance Providers as GOCO adheres to the World Health Organization's Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy.

  1. Currently, the profession of Osteopathy is not provincially legislated within Canada and as such Insurance Companies have developed their own basis for assessing the training and credentials of Osteopathy Practitioners. 
  2. The process to establish acceptable educational requirements and standards states that: "Professional Osteopaths should have 3000 hrs - 3600 hrs of Osteopathy training with an additional 1000 hrs of internship".
  3. All members of GOCO have met these educational requirements.

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What is Osteopathic Manual Treatment?

Osteopathic Manual Treatment is a system of manual medicine based on the original discoveries and clinical experiences of its American founder, Dr Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917). It is the study of the human body as it functions in health and disease. OMT uses precise manipulative and palpatory techniques to treat the restrictions in the body thereby restoring mobility to different bodily systems, (musculo-skeletal, circulatory, digestive, pulmonary and nervous systems) thus improving the regulation and interactions of these systems.

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Do I Need a Prescription to Receive Treatment?

A prescription from a Medical Professional is not necessary unless it is required by your Insurance Company for reimbursement of fees.

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What Type of Problems Can Osteopathy Treat?

Osteopaths treat people, not conditions and are able to assist in numerous ways when a patient’s function is affected.

Osteopaths help patients of all ages, from newborn to 100+, with a variety of conditions such as:

  • Back pain, Sciatica & disc problems
  • Head / neck / Frozen shoulder, Rotator cuff problems, Repetitive strain injuries, Whiplash, Spondylosis & tension pain
  • Pain in joints and limbs, Tennis and golfers elbow, Sports injuries
  • Neuralgia & sinus pain, Digestive & breathing problems
  • Arthritis and rheumatism
  • Nerve irritation, Stress related conditions, Headaches & Migraine
  • Pregnancy and associated symptoms e.g. nausea, heartburn, backache, etc, Colic and sleep problems in babies

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What Is the Duration of a Treatment and How Many Are Necessary?

An Osteopathic Manual Treatment's length can vary depending on the the nature of the problem and the general state of the patient. Generally, a treatment can last from 45 to 60 minutes. The number of treatments required to obtain expected results can vary according to the nature of the problem and its associated conditions.

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What Happens During an Osteopathic Manual Treatment?

During your initial consultation, the Osteopath will have you fill in a complete Patient Case History outlining the state of health and the reason for the consultation. These questions will assist the Osteopath in determining the cause of your problem and the treatment necessary.

During the treatment, the Osteopath will ask you to remove your clothing - as much as you are comfortable with - as well as jewellery, glasses, etc and have you put on a patient gown. This will assist the Osteopath in evaluating your posture, observing tension zones and lines of gravity as well as guidance in palpatory evaluation.

Treatments can include a range of stretching, mobilizing and manipulative techniques designed to help restore normal function and to facilitate the body's healing process. Your Osteopath will explain to you what will be involved in any treatment.

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What Is the Cost of an Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment?

The fee can vary depending on the location (patient's home or Osteopath's office) of the visit. The minimal fee for treatment is $60.00. Osteopathy treatments are tax exempted as are most paramedical procedures.

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Is the Cost Covered by Provincial or Private Insurance?

Osteopathy is considered private healthcare, it is therefore not covered by your Provincial Health Insurance and you should incur the costs of treatment yourself and submit the receipts to your Insurance company as most private insurance companies reimburse all or part of the costs.

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Does it Hurt?

Osteopathic Manual treatments are not usually painful though the nature of the presenting condition may be such that some discomfort cannot be avoided. Most techniques are extremely gentle. In devising the treatment plan, the Osteopath will take into account the nature of the condition, symptoms and the patient's general health and concerns. They will not perform a procedure on a patient unless the patient gives consent to proceed.

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This page has been updated as of June 2014.