Osteopathic Manual Therapy

Osteopathy is a natural medicine that views the individual as a functioning whole, requiring optimal health and harmony in all parts for the wellness and vitality of the whole. Osteopathy uses precise palpatory and and manual techniques to asses and treat the restrictive aspects of the structure or system which prevent the various parts of the body from fulfilling its natural function. Osteopathy is unique in that it focuses on the cause of pain and dysfunction rather than on concentrating on and chasing symptoms.

The objective of Osteopathy is to restore mobility, and vitality to every system in the body which may be experiencing lack of full function or expression. Restoring mobility an proper function to each system allows normal interrelationship between systems, hence allowing health of the whole body!

Traditional Osteopathy is based on the premise that the primary role of the therapist is to facilitate the body’s inherent ability to self-regulate and self-heal. It was founded by an American physician, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. Rather than addressing and treating only the symptoms of the disease, Still searched for the causes of dysfunction. Dr. Still wrote, “Disease is the result of anatomical abnormalities followed by physiological discord”. He believed that the ability to recover from illness is inherent within our own bodies, and that if our bodies are in optimal states of balance and all systems are in proper function, the body can maintain optimal health and wellness.


Osteopathic Treatment Includes Several Different Techniques Including:

  • Craniosacral therapy
  • Myofascial realease
  • Joint mobilizations
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Muscle energy technique
  • Strain Counter Strain

What to expect

Both Victoria Duncan and Jeff Green are Osteopathic manual practitioners with a D.Sc.O.. This designation means they have graduated from the Canadian College of Osteopathy. The oldest and the most rigorous training in Osteopathy available in Canada. They studied osteopathy for 5 years, and had an additional 2 years of independent research before defending a thesis and obtaining their designation. They are both members of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

Before you visit the clinic, you will be asked to fill out forms and consent. Your first visit will be an extensive review of your health history, and an opportunity to ask any questions. Providing continuing is indicated, a thorough assessment will be performed, and treatment plan discussed.


Here is a list of conditions that may be treated by these types of techniques:

  • Colic
  • sucking difficulty in infants
  • birth trauma
  • otitis media
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • sciatica
  • headaches and migraines
  • jaw pain and TMJ syndrome
  • asthma
  • pain resulting from MVA’s or overuse or sports injuries
  • neurological syndromes
  • digestive disorders
  • genitourinary problems
  • chronic infectious disease
  • circulatory problems
  • pregnancy issues, including back pain, digestive issues, edema and swelling
  • bronchitis
  • pleurisy
  • allergies
  • chronic ear infections
  • recurrent sore throats
  • frequent colds
  • glaucoma
  • sinusitis
  • tinnitus

(it is important to consult your medical doctor for complete diagnoses of any medical condition)

List taken from the Ontario Association of Osteopaths at


Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of medicine, which seeks to promote health through education and the use of natural agents and therapies. The human body possesses enormous power to heal itself. Naturopathic Doctors use those therapeutic substances and techniques, which act in harmony with the body’s self-healing processes and avoids treatments, which are designed to counteract or suppress them.

Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to health. By taking into consideration hereditary, biochemical, emotional, environmental and psychological factors, disease manifestations are thus acknowledged from a polycausal perspective. Naturopathic Doctors apply research from science and technology to their field, from discoveries about human physiology, biochemistry and nutrition to how modern diagnostic tools and techniques can be used to improve patient outcomes.



  • Extensive history taking
  • Physical Examination
  • In office laboratory testing of urine
  • Out of office laboratory testing of blood, saliva, urine and stool may also be recommended

In office lab testing includes measurement of:

  • Bowel bacterial balance
  • Liver function
  • Adrenal stress
  • Kidney function
  • Vitamin C
  • Urine Sugar and Ketones
  • Calcium
  • Hydration
  • pH
  • Urinary infection
  • Oxidative Testing

Other laboratory testing available including:

Laboratory blood testing, food sensitivity testing, bacterial/parasite/yeast testing and stool composition, saliva and urine hormone analysis, hair and urine metal testing.


Massage Therapy

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage is a technique that focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It aims to release the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the fibers of the muscles, tendons and fascia. Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic muscle tension through slower strokes and more direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles. Deep tissue massage helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue. Deep tissue massage usually focuses on more specific areas and may cause some soreness during or right after the massage. However, if the massage is done correctly you should feel better than ever within a day or two.

massage therapy
Swedish Massage

The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load. It stretches the ligaments and tendons keeping them supple and pliable. Swedish Massage also stimulates the skin and nervous system and soothes the nerves themselves at the same time. It reduces stress, both emotional and physical, and is suggested in a regular program for stress management. It also has many specific medical uses.

Pelvic Health Massage

Pelvic health massage addresses therapy addresses the external musculature attaching to the pelvis, such as hamstrings, hip-flexors, abductors, gluteals, abdominals, and deep core muscles. Using manual therapy, education, and exercise prescription it works to release or strengthen these muscules, and regain proper balance and function.

The aim of pelvic health massage is to return women to fitness after injury or pregnancy, and to help maintain strength and agility through all stages of life. It is an effective complimentary therapy to pelvic floor physiotherapy.

Unlike pelvic floor physiotherapists, massage therapists DO NOT assess or treat pelvic floor disorders internally. If you are not in the care of a pelvic floor physiotherapist and an internal exam is indicated, the appropriate referral can be made.

This service is offered by Cathryn Wood RMT, for more info or to book your appointment online click here.
Prenatal Massage

Massage is performed with precaution in the first trimester due to the danger of miscarriage during that time, if you have a high risk pregnancy or any health concerns during these first three months, massage may not be for you until after this time. Massage can ease pain and provide comfort during those nine long months.
In the second trimester, for example, when the baby sits high in the uterus and presses on the organs, massage around the diaphragm helps the mother relax and breath more freely. Light work around the hips and a gentle lifting of the baby can reduce pressure on the bladder.

Hot Stone Massage

This wonderful therapy has its roots far back as the ancient world. Today, Hot Stone therapy is becoming widely known for its therapeutic and deep relaxing benefits. The technique involves placing water-heated smooth stones of various sizes on key points on the body or face. The resulting deep massage and sensation of warmth and comfort is not to be missed. Hot stone massage warms up soft tissue for deeper work and initiates lymphatic drainage.


Shockwave Therapy

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a modern and highly effective treatment method: high-energy sound waves are introduced into the painful areas of the body. With this innovative therapy approach, pathological alterations of tendons, ligaments, capsules, muscles and bones can be eliminated systematically. Shockwave therapy accelerates the healing process in the body by stimulating the metabolism and enhancing blood circulation to regenerate damaged tissue. Strong energy pulses are applied to the affected area. These pulses occur for short periods of time, creating micro-cavitation bubbles that expand and burst. The force created by these bubbles penetrates tissue and stimulates cells in the body that are responsible for bone and connective tissue healing. In many instances, shockwave therapy is most effective in cases where the human body has not been able to heal itself on its own.

The beneficial effects of shock wave therapy are often experienced after only 1 or 2 treatments. The therapy eliminates pain and restores full mobility, thus improving your quality of life.

Ask how this state of the art therapy can be added to any of your treatments at well now today!

There are numerous benefits from shockwave therapy:

  • Non-Surgical
  • No Side Effects
  • Accelerated Healing
  • Ease Of Use
  • Affordable
  • Covered By Most Insurance Companies


Originating in China and dating back over 5000 years, Acupuncture is an important therapeutic tool used to treat and prevent illness by bringing the body into harmony, into balance, into homeostasis. Acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It involves the insertion of filiform needles into specific points on the body, called “acupoints” to achieve a therapeutic effect. Recipients often feel a deep sense of relaxation; they feel lighter emotionally and physically.

Commonly addressed concerns are: Anxiety, back pain, chronic fatigue, depression, digestive concerns, fibromyalgia, fertility, insomnia, headaches/migraines, PMS, Menopause, muscle tension, neck pain, pregnancy, repetitive strain and sports injures.


Tui Na

Tui Na literally means “pulling” and “grasping”, it is a branch of the Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is a hands-on physical therapy that is often used in conjunction with acupuncture and shiatsu.

Gua Sha

“Gua” means scraping and “sha” refers to the red petechiae that appears below the surface of the skin during the ‘scraping’. The patient’s neck, chest or back are scraped with a tool moistened with oil. The marks produced verify stagnation of blood at the surface and show that Qi and Blood have been moved.



Cupping is technique which is sometimes used in conjunction with Acupuncture and/or Tui Na. It involves the use of small cups, usually made of glass, which are heated and applied to a selected area of the body. As the cups cool, they become firmly attached to the skin, creating a suction which pulls the underlying skin up into the cup causing a discoloration.


Moxibustion is the application of heat to specific points or certain locations on the body. The word “moxa” comes from the Japanese word Mokusa or Mogusa which means burning herb. It is the dried leaf of artimesia vulgaris or mugwort.


Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure”. It is a non-invasive physical therapy aimed at relaxing the body’s nervous system from a sympathetic to a parasympathetic state. Pressure is applied with the; thumbs, palms, elbows and knees and held at specific acupoints along the meridians.

Treatment Options

  • Nutritional interventions (dietary and supplements)
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Asian Medicine and Acupuncture
  • Prescription Vitamins and Minerals
  • Bio-identical Hormone Replacement


Since its inception over 200 years ago, Homeopathy has grown to be the second most widely used complete system of medicine in the world. As people become more aware and educated as to its extraordinary potential, the use of homeopathic medicine is growing exponentially every day.

Homeopathy began in the eighteenth century when German physician and scientist Samuel Hahnemann, displeased with the lethality potential of orthodox medical practices, discovered that a minute dose of a substance designed to mimic the symptom pattern of a person could unexpectedly incite a deep healing response in that same person. Hahnemann referred to this discovery as the Law of Similars. The concept of “like treats like”, noted since the time of Hippocrates, had been finally validated! The year was 1796 and to this day is considered the birth year of homeopathy.

Homeopathic remedies are potentized minerals, plants or animals that, when given to someone in Nano doses, diminish or eliminate the very symptoms the raw material may cause if given to a healthy individual. Unlike pharmaceuticals, which must often be taken on a regular basis to maintain their suppressive effects, homeopathic remedies act as bioenergetic catalysts designed to provoke a complete healing response. Once a healing response has begun, there is no need to repeat the stimulus until the effect has worn off.

What unfolds following an in-depth individualized case-taking is the extraordinary science and art that defines homeopathic medicine. The practitioner’s task is to select a single existing remedy, from the thousands in existence, that match the unique symptom picture of a patient to elicit healing from a core level.

Classical homeopathy is specific it its approach in that it incorporates one remedy at a time, in keeping with Hahnemann’s tenants, as opposed to remedy combinations as the proving of substances has only occurred as individual medicines.

The growing popularity of homeopathy can be attributed to the gentle, non-invasive individualized approach that can be prescribed to people of all ages regardless of their current state of health.

The ultimate goal of Homeopathy is to support all individuals towards living their best, most dynamic life possible.