FAQ

Do I need a prescription for a treatment ?
Unless your insurer requires a prescription before reimbursing you for charges, a prescription is not required.
Numerous healthcare professionals nonetheless recommend osteopaths to correct certain specific pathologies. Similarly, an osteopath will not hesitate to refer a patient to another healthcare professional when a condition so indicates.

Which problems are treated by osteopathy ?
Osteopathic treatment aims to restore balance within various body systems and the balance between those systems. It serves the needs of clients during all stages of life, from foetus to golden age, and also addresses certain specific situations such as convalescence, re-adaptation, or sports-related difficulties.
To find out more, please consult Osteopathy for Everyone.

What happens during an osteopathic session ?
During the first session, the osteopath will open a file that requires a detailed questionnaire concerning your overall health and the specific problem that brought you to the osteopath’s office. The questions may seem rather detailed, but are necessary to target the cause, or causes, of the problem that led to your visit.
To facilitate the examination, the osteopath may ask you to disrobe to your undergarments in order to better evaluate your posture and to observe zones of tension and lines of gravity. It is also recommended that you remove jewellery, eyeglasses, etc. All information thus gathered, including that which you provided in your questionnaire, will guide the osteopath’s evaluation through palpation (manual examination). And because osteopathy takes a global approach to your health, don’t be surprised if your osteopath works in places far from the location of the source of your pain.
The duration of the osteopathic treatments varies by therapist; the problem being treated; and the condition of the visitor. In general, a treatment lasts from 45 to 60 minutes. It can be difficult to predict the number of visits necessary to obtain results, however. As in all health sciences, it will depend on the problem, any associated conditions, and your progress.

At what age should you consult an osteopath?
Osteopathy can be useful as a pre-emptive examination for the newborn or for elderly persons seeking relief.  To find out more, please visit Osteopathy for Everyone.

Does osteopathy require a university course?
For the time being, osteopathy is not recognized as a profession by the Office des professions, nor is it taught in universities.
Because osteopathic training varies from one school to another, Ostéopathie Québec refers to the World Health Organization (WHO) manual, Benchmarks in Osteopathy, as a guide when attesting to the training of candidates.
Osteopaths who are members of Ostéopathie Québec hold :

  • a Diploma in Osteopathy issued by an institution recognized by Ostéopathie Québec. This includes theoretical and clinical instruction followed by presentation and acceptance of a thesis, memoire or clinical apprenticeship.
  • or its equivalent, following an evaluation of the file of the D.O. and successful completion of a clinical exam conducted by the Comité d’admission et de la competence (CAC).
    What is the difference between osteopathy, chiropractic, and physiotherapy?

Osteopathy is a global approach based on research into the origins of problems. Osteopathy does not seek to treat symptoms, but rather to analyze and find the source of dysfunction. Furthermore, osteopathy offers widely varying techniques, not only for the muscular-skeletal system (bones, muscles and joints), but also for the organs, the viscera, the nervous system and the cranium, etc.

Does it hurt?
Osteopaths enter into an exchange with the palpated tissue. They position their hands with the utmost respect. They do not attempt to impose their will against the body, but rather to promote change, harmony and self-healing.
An osteopath selects techniques and positions appropriate for each case. If there is no relief or result from a certain technique, the osteopath will not insist, but rather search for another form of manipulation to treat the problem.
For that reason, treatments should be comfortable. In certain cases visitors to an osteopath may experience a brief, mild aching the day after a session. If more severe reactions occur, you can speak to your osteopaths who will adjust techniques and the frequency or duration of your visits.