Osteopathic Manual Therapy
Osteopathic therapy focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of the body as a whole. Osteopathic therapy is based on the principle that the alignment of the body and joints are the basis for a healthy and well functioning body. Just like the wheels on a car, your joints work better when they are aligned. Poor alignment leads to injury, poor posture, headaches, digestive issues, impaired circulation and many other problems. Osteopathic treatment makes use of gentle manual therapies to release restrictions in the fascia, muscles and joints, promote healing and provide relief from pain. Removing restrictions and improving the position of muscles, ligaments and joints to helps individuals achieve and maintain proper biomechanics, improves the flow of fluids and allows for more efficient function, helping patients achieve natural pain relief and improved overall function.
Medical acupuncture as an effective treatment technique to reduce/relieve pain and improve the muscle function. Fine acupuncture needles are used with a gentle electric pulse. Medical acupuncture works well in combination with osteopathic therapy to improve circulation and muscle function. Medical acupuncture accelerates recovery from sports injury and after surgery. Patients suffering from injury or from chronic pain will experience significant improvement in pain and functioning when medical acupuncture is used in treatment.
ELDOA (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire), or more easily translated to Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine are revolutionary postural techniques designed by osteopath Guy Voyer for widening (decompressing) the spaces between vertebra or the bones in your spine. Over time due to gravity, aging and postural stress it is no secret that we shrink- problems arise when the spaces shrink and compress on discs, nerves and other tissues in the area. ELDOA postures are extremely effective in helping to treat chronic back back, acute back issues, poor posture and many other issues. ELDOA exercises, when done on a regular basis, can help offset many of the risk factors that can cause degeneration and herniation of the intervertebral discs. ELDOA postures are often given as homework exercises. In addition, ELDOA group classes are offered on-site.
Functional neurology is a way of assessing and treating brain based issues and can be proactively to promote and maintain brain health as well as a powerful treatment option for disorders of the nervous system such as concussion, stroke, memory loss, performance and other brain based therapies. Through careful assessment, a functional neurologist can not only determine which areas of a person’s nervous system are weak, but also devise an appropriate treatment to improve the quality of how their nervous system functions.
The Rehab Lab uses a functional neurological approach to treat:
Deficits following stroke
Based on neuroscientific principles, functional neurology applies recent scientific studies to patient care as well as determining the weakest areas of the nervous system and focuses treatment on improving quality of nervous function. When an area of the nervous system is damaged, neural connections can be regenerated, reshaped and reorganized through stimulation from rehab.
Melissa is registered with the following associations:
Ontario Osteopathic and Alternative Medicine Association
National Manual Osteopathic Society
International Association of Functional Neurology
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
College of Nurses of Ontario