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WHAT IS MANUAL OSTEOPATHY?

Osteopathy is a structural science of our body's ability to move and the anatomical relationships within.  It is recognized as one of the safest non-invasive, drug-free, hands-on therapies available for the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

A biomechanical assessment is done holistically to find the root causes of an issue; including posture, range of motion, and palpation.  It provides a functional diagnosis of how the body has adapted and compensated for injuries and strain over time.  Corrective treatment is done through several techniques that will stretch and strengthen muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia and visceral tissue.  This unwinds tensional strain, removes obstruction of fluid flow and replenishes tissue health.  The overall goal is to promote self-healing and self-regulating, re-align the body and improve function.

Who does it Benefit?

Adult (13 years +):  Anyone who has had any type of surgery, head injury, whiplash, falls, repetitive strain from work or sporting activity.  Our osteopath at Align treats concussions, migraines, gastro-intestinal dysfunction, TMJ dysfunction, menstrual cramps/dysfunctions, sciatica, post-natal drip, vertigo and much more.

 

Pediatric (1-12 years of age):  During this critical time of development, children can especially benefit from osteopathy to promote healthy child development.  Any type of injury, surgery or trauma (major or minor) effects their tissues and can have long-term implications into adulthood.  Common reasons to bring your child in for osteopathic care include:  any head injury minor or major, any sport related injury, shin splints, lung conditions, leg length discrepancy, growing pains, functional scoliosis, flat feet and any type of pain noted by your child.

Infancy (0 to 1 years of age):  In order for babies to grow and develop optimally their tissues need to be free from restriction.  Their tissues require a healthy blood supply and optimal nerve firing to balance the nervous system.  The soft tissue technical approach to infant manual therapy is gentle, subtle and always within the comfort of your child's tolerances.  Common reasons to bring your infant in for osteopathic care include:  neck tension/flat spot on head, reflux, sinus congestion, fussy/difficult to soothe baby, inability to latch comfortably at breast or bottle, delayed at reaching motor milestones, unwillingness and protest in certain positions, early rolling, digestive and elimination issues, chronic ear infections, hip dysplasia, breeched births, difficult laboring, cerebral palsy, chronic ear infections.

Osteopathic Care Methods

SOFT TISSUE MANIPULATION

Soft tissue manipulation can be used in many different ways. This method is used to evaluate the condition of tissues, ease restrictions, help the body’s fluids (blood, lymph, etc.) flow smoothly and restore function. Optimal neuro-vascular flow helps to reduce harmful fluid retention and allows the body’s immune system to work more effectively. Throughout the care, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners will continuously check on the state of the body’s tissues. The goal is to gently guide the tissue back to health without over-treating.

 

OSTEOPATHIC ARTICULAR TECHNIQUE

The osteopathic articular technique, involving gently moving two joint surfaces, is used to reduce muscle spasms, ease neurological irritations, assist in joint mobility and help reduce pain and discomfort. It is a less forceful technique than joint manipulation. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners will carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area, positioning the patient so that there is minimal (if any) force needed to perform the maneuver.

 

CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY

As the gentlest osteopathic technique, Cranial Osteopathy is also one of the most significant. It is used to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. It may also be used to assess and treat the spine, sacrum and other parts of the body. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance and optimal neuro-vascular flow surrounding the Central Nervous System and all of its autonomic centers. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners achieve this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners trained in this technique can feel this rhythm in the patient’s head, spinal cord, and in the sacrum and the rest of the body.

 

VISCERAL MANIPULATION

Visceral Manipulation is used to effectively treat organs and viscera of the body, including the lungs, heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, the bladder and the uterus. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners will gently move the structures themselves and the fascia that surrounds them to restore full movement. Applied with gentle pressure, visceral manipulation corrections can improve the mobility of an organ, improve neuro-vascular flow surrounding the organ and ultimately help maximize organ function.

Our Background

MEET

Vishal Khare R.Kin., D.O.M.P., D.Sc.O

Osteopathic Manual Practitioner

Vishal Khare, has been serving the Canadian Healthcare industry for the past 10 years. He is a Registered Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and also holds the title of a Registered Kinesiologist. He successfully completed his studies in 2019 and since then holds multiple disciplinary titles and is in good standing with the respective Associations. 

 

He has a Diploma in Orthotics and Prosthetics from George Brown College in 2011, Bachelor of Sciences with Honours in Kinesiology from York university in 2015 and Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice in 2021 from Canadian College of Osteopathy. He successfully defended his thesis on “The Effects of Global Osteopathic Treatments on Dizziness in Patients with Whiplash” in 2021. Vishal holds an extensive background in Orthopedics, Kinesiology, Exercise Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Fascial Stretching, Functional Nutrition and Mental Health. 

 

His experience in diverse backgrounds allowed him to develop a thorough understanding of various pathologies targeting lower back pain, concussions, heart health, and musculoskeletal disorders. His multi-disciplinary work history looks at heart health post any cardiac events, mental health across ages and the functional movement post sports and accidental injuries. Currently he focuses on treating the body as a whole; and specializes in TMJ dysfunction, cranial-sacral therapy, visceral, muscular, and fascial mobilizations.

 

In his treatments, he focuses on treating the root cause rather than the symptoms to improve the patient’s quality of life and get them living pain free.

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