The Immune System: One of Your Body’s “Healthy by Nature” Mechanisms

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Did you know that the name of the clinic has been thought through by the osteopaths of the team because it just about sums up what osteopathy is about? An osteopath’s job is to assist the body’s natural self-healing mechanism. In medicine, this is called homeostasis, a management of the different systems composing your body in order to stay healthy (an automatic well-being thermostat, if you like). This changes the game, as we are not saviors but, rather, are here to give a hand to a well-oiled machine that is…

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Ankle Sprain: a Complementary Treatment Approach to Physiotherapy

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Did you know that 20% of sports-induced injuries are lateral ankle sprains? Most people will experience one at some point in their life and the degree of severity will vary. A sprain is a traumatic lesion affecting a joint, caused by a lengthening or tear of the ligament fibers holding the joint together. When we talk about an ankle sprain there are actually different joints that can be affected. Depending on the direction of the trauma, the inside or outside of the ankle will be affected (the latter is more…

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The Mind and Body Connection is Foundational to Osteopathy

happy thoughts help your body

One of the questions we get asked the most as Osteopaths is: “What is it that you do? Because I have no idea–it sounds like it has to do with the bones… are you like a chiropractor?” And then we try to explain Osteopathy in a nutshell, which is always quite challenging as it is easier to explain why we do what we do than it is to explain all the techniques that we use with our patients. A very important part of the Osteopathic philosophy is that we consider…

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Your Heart’s Health Requires the Freedom of its Strings

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One important Osteopathic principle is that the structure and function of the body are related. If we use a wheel as an example; its structure is the tire and the rim, whereas its function is to support the car, and allow it to move by rotating. Now, with a flat tire, the structure is damaged and the function becomes impaired: it is a pretty obvious diagnosis, no need to call the mechanics for this. Now let’s say the function of your tire is altered: your wheel doesn’t turn anymore because…

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A Happy Mind is a Healthy Body

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Why should a manual practitioner care about your happiness? Well, we care about it because your state of mind influences the state of your body more than you might think. Moreover, osteopathy is holistic, which means we consider you–the whole of you–to be a piece of the puzzle in getting you healthy again. What is Happiness? It can be hard to define, we usually know it feels good, and we want more of it! It’s a sense of deep satisfaction, well being, optimism, and meaningfulness in life. Through new research,…

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Striving To Be The Next Gretzky? You Might Encounter Pubic Pain (“Pubalgy”)

pelvic pain: "Pubalgy"

When asked to write an article about men’s health, we had to consider what the most common reason men seek Osteopathic Manual Therapy might be. Well, we agreed that pubic pain (except during/after pregnancy) is a common and predominantly masculine symptom that we could write about. What is Pubalgy? The name of this pain was not picked very wisely. This is because it refers to a pain in the pubic bone but also in the area around it. It can create pain in the perineum, toward the groin laterally, and…

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You Might Not Be A Klutz: It Could Be Your Ligaments!

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When Zara was a little girl, she always used to sit on one side, it just felt right whether she was eating her snack or playing with her toys. As you can see, side sitting favours a tilt in the pelvis, rotating one hip inward and the other one outward, each foot weight bearing on the opposite side. After a while, the lower back, pelvis, hips, knees, and feet become moulded to this position, which can lead to injuries in the future. At only 7 years old, Zara started spraining…

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Tennis Elbow: An Invisible Wildfire of Inflammation

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Adam came to the clinic complaining about tennis elbow (tendinitis in his elbow) that was extremely painful, preventing him from doing his job as a carpenter, taking care of his family–helping his wife with their newborn baby–and from doing his regular CrossFit workouts.  Using my osteopathic brain, we started looking for the root cause. No, not the elbow, but the factors contributing to this inflammation of his elbow.  The Latin word ‘inflammatio’ means the action of setting ablaze. We can recognize a pathological link to inflammation by the use of…

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