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Osteopathy Clinic in Laval

Why do we consult in osteopathy?

The osteopathy discipline is useful to treat many conditions affecting different body regions:

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Parietal area (musculoskeletal system):


Cervicodynia (neck pain): sprains and sprains, torticollis, traumatic whiplash, cervical osteoarthritis, muscle imbalances, postural deficits, chronic migraines, cephalalgia (headaches), arm pain (neck irradiation).

male pelvis under the X-rays. pelvis is highlighted in red.

Lumbago (back pain): sprains, sciatica, spondylolisthesis, lumbar osteoarthritis, foraminal stenosis, pelvic pain, ankylosing spondylitis.

osteopathy procedure on the belly

Thoracic pain: thoracic hyperkyphosis, strains, rib fractures, rib pain.


Peripheral joints (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle and foot): capsulitis, tendonitis, muscle and tendon tears, ligament tears, chronic sprains, meniscal tears, periostitis, plantar fasciitis with or without calcification, Morton neuroma, etc.

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Jaw problems: chronic pain, jaw snapping, difficulty closing the jaw.

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Osteopathy can also be beneficial for the viscera area

Vestibular Osteopathy:

At the vestibular system level, osteopathy can treat functional impairments such as:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

At the inner ear level we find structures responsible balance, like the three semicircular canals are positioned perpendicularly one to another allowing for the inner fluid, the endolymph, to circulate into the canals when the head is moving. If this fluid thickens stagnates in the canals the person can experience positional vertigo whenever he/she moves his/her head.

Different techniques can be used in osteopathy to mobilize parts of the head in order to balance the flow of the endolymph and therefore eradicate vertigo rapidly.

Furthermore, vertigo can also be caused by accumulation of fluid in the endolymphatic sac that is covered by the dura-mater. Excess pressure on the dura-mater is the reason vertigo occurs. With osteopathic treatments, the goal will be to decrease tension at the dura-mater region to decrease vertigo.

Also, a lack of mobility at the temporal bone region (in the skull), especially if there was an impact, can trouble the fluid in the inner ear and also cause dizziness. It is beneficial to resort with osteopathic treatments to recover normal movement of the temporal bone and decrease symptoms.


Cephalalgias, headaches and migraines:

Headaches can originate from the cervical area but also from the skull. Osteopathic assessment will allow the therapist to determine is all the micromovements of the skull are full and therefore if the venous and cerebrospinal circulation is normal. A change in those circulations might cause headaches and decrease considerably quality of life. Osteopathy treatment will then focus on allowing all the skull segments to move properly allowing for a better fluid flow.

Traitons également la sphère viscérale, pour entre autre:

Illustration of female small intestine anatomy

The digestive system can be the be the prey to various conditions affecting day to day living. For example, gastroesophageal reflux, stomach aches, chronic constipation, diarrhea or nauseas.

Patients with work related injuries or motor vehicle accidents can also benefit from osteopathy! The CSST and the S.A.A.Q can allow osteopathy services under medical prescriptions. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

Osteopahy definition:

Osteopathy is manual discipline that assesses and treats functional impairments in the body. The therapist’s hands are his only tool during the treatment. The hand is a very sensitive organ composed of many proprioceptive receptors allowing for a very specific palpation. The osteopath’s hand is trained to feel anatomical structures from gross movements to micro movements.

The osteopathic diagnosis is made by the therapist performing specific tests at the articular, vertebral, peripheral, visceral, and cranial levels to determine position, from, mobility, tension, and vitality of the body part The human body is assessed as a whole entity and the symptoms are not the only priority for the therapist, but also what causes the symptoms.

The osteopath has extensive knowledge on human anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology. He or she has well trained hands to be able to to feel precisely the assessed structures. This discipline asks for integrated vision on the human body and its systems to fully understand where the pain is coming from, since if only the pain is treated sometimes we can miss the primarily source of what’s causing the pain.

Here are osteopathy concepts:

  • Facing a lesion or an insult the human body works toward self-healing, since it is always seeking homeostasis (equilibrium);
  • The body must be seen as a whole functional entity in which every structures are in relation; 
  • Arteries are key. The body works only if it is well perfused (nourished in blood). Good circulation is essential for the important nutrients to get to the injured structure; 
  • A lack of mobility is called an osteopathic lesion. It is necessary to restore mobility when it has been lost. There are different types of mobility depending on the structure: the hip allows for a very distinct and visible movement, whereas viscera moves in two ways:
    • Organ movements in the abdomen or thorax
    • Movements of the organ itself (micro movements)

The skull and the sacrum move according to one plan of movement (mirco movement).