How do I know if My Child could benefit from Osteopathy?

does YOUR child lie like this?--with a side bend?

As an Osteopathic therapist, we often follow our patients through life, beginning from their active 20’s as athletes, to their 30’s when they start building their family, which allows us to help the aches and pains experienced during pregnancy. Naturally, our patients ask questions about their babies: how we might be able to assist them, when to come in for treatment, and what to look for that might indicate that their child could benefit from a treatment. “Meow” the cat is going to help us illustrate what to look for!……

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Your Child’s Asthma/Eczema/Allergies might be Related to his/her Intestines

baby-in-mothers-womb

At birth, our digestive tract is sterile meaning it does not contain bacteria. It is during the birthing process that our digestive tract becomes colonized by bacteria from the mother’s vagina, colon, and rectum. Let’s compare this to a Baby Born by C-Section Since babies delivered by caesarean do not go through the birth canal, they are not exposed to the same diversity of bacteria. However, these babies will be in contact with the skin’s bacteria, which is more exposed to the outside world and this then increases the chances of…

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How Osteopathy Can Help the Mind and the Body: The example of SAD

winter used to be a season for rest...

Often, patients ask me “why would you move to Canada when you could have stayed in France?” Well, let me tell you: it wasn’t for the cold, snowy, never-ending winters! It was quite shocking at first to truly experience a cold and very long Calgary winter. Whereas it was gloomy and more humid at home in France, winter certainly did not last until April. This is likely why it appears as though more patients are affected by the weather here, in Canada. The other practitioners have well described what Seasonal…

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How does your Osteopath Know what You’ve been up to? A couple of Tips to Help your Tired Body out

things your body does when it's tired

Osteopaths listen to their patients with all their senses. We look at you, but also through you; we listen with our ears, but also with our instincts; we feel with our hands, but also see with them; it’s a sense that grows with each year we practice. When Sam came to the clinic, she was complaining about numerous joint pains in different parts of her body, and needed help getting back to feeling 100% again. During our chat before the hands-on treatment, I learned that she also had tension headaches,…

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Scar Tissue and French Pastries have more in common than you probably think!

a french pastry is akin to skin, fascia, and organs!

During their life, women can have scars from a pregnancy: from a C-section or from interventions on there gyno system (cyst/fibroids surgeries, hysterectomy, or a mastectomy). Most of them will worry about the positive outcome of the surgery, and if it is the case, never worry about it again. The scars become a vague souvenir of a bigger battle they went through.
 One such patient–let’s call her Linda–came to the clinic for help resolving her chronic back pain that was causing nerve pain down her legs, as well as digestive…

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Your built-in Pharmacy might be helping your Immunity more than you realize!

some connective tissue between the neck and the chest

When was the last time you were sick? When you realized it, do you remember what your first thought was? Did you think “oh no!! Not now! I don’t have time for this!” or “Not again!–are you kidding me!?” Did you run to the pharmacy to get the strongest thing that could get you better as fast as possible in an effort to free yourself from the curse? Consider this: what if being sick wasn’t a punishment? What if instead we looked at it and wondered “what did I do…

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The most Common Dysfunctions Osteopathy can help Babies with

Baby with plagiocephaly

Baby Mathias’ parents brought him to the clinic when he was only four weeks old. He had been crying non-stop since birth, and could only fall asleep if he was held by one of his parents. However, this wasn’t the only reason for Mathias’ parents to be worried. Like many other babies, here are some of the troubles he was experiencing: Colicky and gassy at night Lots of spitting up after feedings (or even hours after) Trouble sleeping (often needs to be held to fall asleep, or he wakes up…

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A Frozen Shoulder in a Hot Summer

the shoulder joints

During the warmer months of the year, a lot of our patients are avid golfers and they try to make the most of it, looking forward to it for months in advance. If this is you, what a pity it is, then, when your shoulder starts to hurt in the spring! This is what happened to Donna. When she first came to see me, Donna’s shoulder had been getting worse (even with physiotherapy treatment and regular stretches). She was ready to try anything in order to be able to play again in…

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