Osteopathic Care

Osteopathy is considered a natural holistic medicine that aims to restore the functions of the body by treating restrictions and constrictions within the tissues that cause imbalances and pain within the body. The ability to detect minute modifications in the quality of the tissues is the assessment skill that allows the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner to prioritize a patient’s course of treatment. These tissue qualities include congestion, dehydration, scarring, stiffness, density, and loss of resilience, as well as motility, which is an infinitesimal movement inherent to all living tissues. It is this sensing of the quality of the tissue—in combination with the position, mobility, and vitality of the tissue—that allows the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner to determine the tissues or systems that need immediate attention.

Osteopathy is a natural, hands-on ,and holistic approach to healthcare practiced in more than 50 countries worldwide. The World Health Organization recognizes osteopathy as a distinct manual therapy that differs from other forms of treatment.  It is based on extensive knowledge and understanding of anatomy, physiology, pathology and biomechanics. An Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (OMP) restores, maintains, improves and integrates the inter-related structures, systems and processes in order to improve the natural healing abilities of the body.

Osteopathic Manual Therapy offers a whole-body approach to the assessment and treatment of dysfunctions that exist within the body. This global osteopathic approach takes into account your full health history and evaluates the inter-relationships of past and current conditions, injuries, activities, postures, and much more to determine the best possible treatment interventions from infancy through adulthood.


Our Osteopathic Manual Practitioners

Each of our Osteopathic Manual Practitioners have graduated from a 5 year training program which is recognized by all insurance companies who cover osteopathy. Prior to completing this exemplary training they were also regulated and registered health care professionals in Kinesiology or as RMT’s.

Very often we see patients after they have tried many other approaches, and it is only after the whole picture of their health has finally been clearly investigated and taken into account that they are able to find relief.

Please note: For NEW PATIENTS we ask that you book one appointment per week for 4 weeks to ensure you have a timeslot available for follow-up treatments as needed. The practitioner will let you know to cancel them when not needed, because of their high demand it much easier to cancel a space then to find them and this way recovery is not delayed.


Ashley Dent RMT

Rachel van Romondt

Rachel Van Romondt M.OMSc, RMT

Solutions For

Benefits of Osteopathic Care

Ease restrictions, constrictions and pain

Reduce swelling

Increase tissue mobility for strains, sprains and muscle spasms

Improve postural imbalances

Increase relaxation

Balance the nervous system

Improve fluid flow in the cardiovascular, lymphatic and extra cellular matrix systems within the body.


“Osteopathy is a client-centered discipline that is based on understanding the relationship between structure and function in order to enhance the body’s inherent ability to heal. It relies on skilled manual therapeutic techniques to assess and treat the client, guiding the natural self-healing properties of the human body” (Ontario Association of Osteopathy)

“A natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating the causes of pain and imbalance. To achieve this goal the Osteopathic Manual Practitioner relies on the quality and finesse of his/her palpation and works with the position, mobility and quality of the tissues.”

(Canadian College of Osteopathy) 

In Canada, the term Osteopath belongs to the College of Physicians and Surgeons and is reserved and protected for medical doctors who have completed a one year residency in Osteopathic training, therefore one can not claim to be an Osteopath in Canada unless they have their MD. There are very few Doctors of Osteopathy operating in Canada. The term Osteopathic Manual Practitioner is reserved for those who have completed training at a private Osteopathic College in Canada.  There is currently no governing body overseeing regulation of Osteopathy in Canada.

As with any education, the school can have a great impact on the calibre of practitioner. More importantly, as there is no governing body there are Osteopathic Practitioners, including DOMP’s operating in Canada with extreme varying degrees of training and education.

Our Osteopathic Manual practitioners have completed their training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy or at a College deemed legitimate by the Ontario Association of Osteopathy (which currently hold the highest level of standards for their members in an effort to regulate the profession from within). The DOMP designation is reserved for Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.  The D.Sc.O. with D.O.M.P. designation is exclusively granted by the CCO after five years of schooling and the completion of a University level research thesis defended in front of a panel of International Osteopaths and Osteopathic Manual Practitioners from around the world.

We believe it to be the most extensive training available in Ontario, followed by the Ontario Academy for Progressive Osteopathy and the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (both of which graduates complete 4 years of training and comprehensive clinical experience). For this reason, we believe to have the highest, well trained Osteopathic Manual Practitioners in Milton and the surrounding area.

On your first visit, a complete health history will be conducted, and your current medical conditions and your treatment options will be discussed.  Several different manual osteopathic techniques are typically used to treat a single patient in a treatment session.  It is preferable if you wear loose and comfortable clothing for all treatment sessions.  It is typical to require more than one treatment to resolve any problems. (For this reason, we suggest you pre-book 2 to 3 follow-up appointments when you book your initial visit)  

Osteopathic manual practitioners are covered by many benefit plans. Any Osteopathic treatments performed by a DOMP will be billed as Osteopathy.    Insurance companies are aware that all osteopathic colleges, schools and associations are not equal and recognize either the individual on their own merits, or not at all. Speak with your insurance company to find out if they cover the association your osteopathic manual practitioner is with. Our practitioners are members in good standing with the Ontario Association of Osteopathy (OAO) ( see link below ) and as such are covered under any insurance policy that includes Osteopathy.

The frequency of recommended treatments is based on your assessment with your OMP. Time between visits is necessary to allow your body to integrate the changes that occur from one treatment to the next, typically seven to ten days.  If you are booking an initial consult, it is always recommended to book 2 or 3 appointments one to two weeks apart so that if follow ups are required, you already have appointments booked that are in a timely manner.  You can always cancel them if they are no longer necessary within a 24hr period.  It is very typical of Osteopathic Practioners to be booking 4 to 6 months in advance.

  • Acute or chronic pain
  • Neck, shoulder, back and joint pain
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sleep or energy issues
  • Circulatory issues
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Digestive dysfunctions
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • Postural problems
  • Reproductive difficulties
  • Cardiorespiratory concerns
  • Paediatric concerns
  • Sports-related injuries

Osteopathy in nature is gentle on the body. The practitioners maintain the barriers within your tissues and use breathing and gentle hand movements to create a change within the tissues. This treatment is typically completed over clothes so you are comfortable and secure throughout the treatment.

No referral is required to obtain osteopathic treatment. Some health insurers may require a doctor referral in order to claim your receipts. 

Individuals are best to wear loose non-restrictive clothing that you are comfortable to move around in. 

The number of treatments needed will vary as each individual is different and so is the pain, injury or dysfunction. Factors that may influence this include the length of time the area of concern has been around for, the severity of the injury and your overall health. Typically around 3-5 treatments you may begin to notice significant improvements although this varies to each individual. 

During your first treatment we will review the patient’s health history, discuss goals of the treatment, and provide a description of what Osteopathic Treatment is and what it entails.  A full body assessment will be performed to have a clear picture on how the body is moving, the range of motion and mobility. Treatment will be integrated to resolve any tensions or misalignments the body is presenting with through the different layers of the body including fascial, muscular or ligamentous articulations. Using Osteopathic principles and techniques, gentle manipulation is applied working with the body’s tissues to facilitate the body’s innate ability to self-heal and encourage restoration in balance and alignment. Each treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs and specific to what is required that treatment session.

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