Véronique Vallée M.OMSc
Ostopathic Manual Practitioner
​Certified Member of the OOA

​Frequently Asked Questions...

What shoud I wear?

Is Osteopathy covered by my insurance?

What should I expect after treatment?

Simply wear casual clothes that can stretch. Osteopathic treatments generally consist of treating the body from head to toe. This involves the movement of the patient’s joints through different ranges of motion. With this in mind, as a patient, the osteopathic manual practitioner needs to have the freedom to move the person on the treatment table easily. By wearing looser fitting clothing or clothing that has the ability to stretch, this makes the job of the practitioner more efficient. Also ladies, please avoid dresses/skirts for those same reasons and just grab those yoga pants, (or track pants if you’re a man) and come on over!
The Ontario Osteopathic Association, to which I am a part of, has done an amazing job making sure the majority of the major insurance companies offer coverage for osteopathic treatment. If you are personally covered it may depend on the health benefits package you pay into. Make sure you take the time contact your health care provider to see if your benefits plan will cover your treatments. They will want to know that I am a part of the Ontario Osteopathic Association. Don't have coverage or you are a student? Please let me know and I can arrange something for you.
Each individual patient has a different rate of healing, but most patients are satisfied with their improvement after 4 to 8 treatments. Usually patients need to come in once a week, until they have reached their health goals. That typically means that patients will come in for 4-8 weeks of treatment. Keep in mind this is a generalization and some patients will require more or less treatments spread further apart or closer together depending on the severity of the ailment and the amount of time their health issue has been present. It will also depend if the treatments are preventative, curative or palliative.
Once my patients have reached their health goals, I recommend coming in for maintenance. This is like an "oil change" and the frequency of visits will depend on how hard you run your "engine". Many patients come in every 3-6 months, some only once a year, and others don't need treatment at all until they have a traumatic event.

What does it mean to be a CLASSICALLY trained osteopath?

​How many treatments do I need?

Everyone has a different unique healing rate; therefore, it is hard to say how many treatments you would need, and it also depends on how long ago you sustained the injury.
We can begin with 6 treatments and depending on your body’s healing ability, we can come up with a treatment plan together. My optimal goal is to get you better as soon as possible, so you can move on to a better and healthier life.
Classical does not mean "OLD", it simply means a new take on manual therapy based on a set of principles based on anatomy natural laws.
A classically trained osteopath studies a principle-based form of healthcare that requires him or her to know and understand the fundamental concepts of what they are trying to achieve. This means that they are not memorizing techniques, but learning how and why they work so they can be tailored to each unique individual.

What does Osteopathy treat exactly?

The Osteopathic manual practitioner treats the body using the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, osteopathy can help with musculoskeletal aches and pain, postural dysfunctions and help with issues within the nervous system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, urogenital system, and digestive system, as they all interplay with each other and are part of the entire human being.  
My goal is to bring your body back into proper harmony to allow for your ideal health and let you enjoy your life.

Meaning of the word "OSTEOPATHY"?

​Should I do anything after my treatment?

Often the term Osteopathy is mistakenly thought of or associated with bone disease or Osteoporosis. Which is incorrect. It is derived from two words, osteon, meaning bone, and pathos, pathine, meaning to suffer. Greek lexicographers say it is a proper name for a science founded on a knowledge of bones. So instead of 'bone disease' it really means 'usage' " – Autobiography of A. T. Still
Dr. Andrew Taylor Still (1828 – 1917), the founder of osteopathy, adopted the term in 1889 because he reasoned that bone, ‘Osteon’, was the starting point from which he ascertained the cause of pathological conditions, and so combined the ‘osteo’ with ‘pathy’ resulting in OSETOPATHY to designate a new development in the science of medicine.
In most cases, you should stay away from any physical activity that requires strength training, your body may be unstable after treatment, and need time to adjust to the treatment. Exercises other than walking, gentle bike ride or swimming are not usually recommended by your osteopath because in most cases people tend not to do exercises properly.

Who can benefit from Osteopathy?

People from all ages can benifit from osteopathy, infants to the elderly  through all of life cycles. Through proper Osteopathic treatment it can be curative, preventative, and/or palliative.
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