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 Alberto Gregori 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 holistic approach to health. An individual’s health concerns are uniquely influenced by physical, mental, emotional, and environmental factors. Naturopathic doctors work together with their patients to find and address the underlying causes of their health concerns and improve their quality of life.



  • 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/fungal/yeast testing and stool composition, saliva and urine hormones analysis, hair metal testing and organic acids testing.

Treatment Options

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

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.

Holistic Nutrition

Holistic Nutrition is a whole body holistic approach to nutrition that includes not only nutrition but lifestyle strategies as well. Teressa includes a detailed nutrition protocol into her client plans, support and accountability as well as addressing things like stress, exercise and supplements if needed.


Bowen Therapy

A Bowen Therapy treatment, whether to address presenting pain, limitations in movement or to maintain a healthy body, is the very essence of simplicity. When we relieve pain and revive optimal wholeness in our bodies (the Soma), we have the potential to change our relationships and our lives.

Bowen Therapy has been named to recognize the work of Thomas A. Bowen, Geelong, Victoria, Australia (1916-1982). A neuromuscular somatic therapy, Bowen Therapy works with the soft tissue (fascia), musculoskeletal structure and nervous system and is relatively gentle yet highly effective. Beginning in the early 1950’s in Australia, it arrived in Canada in the early 1990’s. It is available worldwide with over 25,000 practitioners and is highly effective on its own or strategically used in informed collaboration with other modalities.

Bowen Therapy is considered appropriate for anyone from pregnant women and newborns to the frail and the elderly. It can support recovery from many conditions, from acute traumatic injury to chronic conditions. It improves overall function and flexibility, balance, power, sporting performance and super-relaxation. Emotional, mood and mental well-being are also common and highly appreciated benefits.

Bowen Therapy prompts the natural restoration of skeletal posture and alignment and can correct leg length discrepancies after falls or accidents without stretching or equipment. It reduces inflammation, tension in muscles and fascia, can lower heart rate and blood pressure while promoting digestion, enhancing potential for reproduction, DNA repair and support of healing and recovery from stress, trauma or injury. Bowen can unwind the overwhelmed state.

What Should I Wear and Prepare for a Bowen Therapy Session?

Although work is done on occasion, directly on the skin, the majority of work is performed overtop of clothing. Please wear loose, comfortable and non-slippery clothing. A light cover for warmth or sensory comfort is provided. Please hydrate by drinking good amounts of water in the days leading up to your session. I look forward to working with you.

What common ailments are addressed?

  • Neck Pain/Whiplash, Text Neck Syndrome, TMJ pain, Concussion, Post-Concussion Syndrome & Spinal Concussion Syndrome
  • Shoulder injuries (Frozen Shoulder), Hamstring, Knee & Ankle injuries, Plantar fasciitis, Sciatica, Hip Pain, Upper & Lower back pain, Scoliosis
  • Indigestion, Heartburn, Reflux, Respiratory disorders
  • Back and pelvic pain in pregnancy, Mastitis and tender breasts, Colic in babies and problems latching/suckling. Fertility Protocols for both men and women are available to naturally balance hormones to support pregnancy. Try this Bowen Therapy holistic approach before IVF.
  • Bowen Therapy treats and supports so much. If it is not on the list, please ask.


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.



There are 7,500 nerve endings in each side of the foot, and a total of 17,000 touch receptors and free nerve endings in each hand which correspond every part, gland, and organ of the body.

When these nerve endings (aka reflex points) are stimulated through application of firm pressure, the autonomic nervous system activates and clears nerve pathways promoting better communications between the brain and the rest of the body to adjust tension levels.

By communicating with the nervous system and resetting it within the body, Reflexology releases tension, decrease pain, and improves circulation, especially lymphatic flow.

Reflexology is very effective in reducing stress by putting the client into a “parasympathetic” aka “rest and digest” mode of the nervous system. Hence, Reflexology creates deep relaxation, brings internal organs and their system into a state of optimum functioning, and increases blood supply and waste removal.

In many countries around the world including England, Germany, Denmark and China, Reflexology is widely practiced and is well recognized as an honored complementary health discipline. It is a non invasive and very relaxing therapy where the client and practitioner work together to restore energy balance, and promote physical and emotional well-being.