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What should I expect at my first treatment?


Your appointment will begin with a review of your past medical history and a thorough clinical assessment. Your practitioner will take the time to listen to you, and ask questions so that there is a more complete understanding of the situation and circumstances that have brought you to seek help. If relevant, questions may be asked about your work routine, diet, pattern of exercise, sleep habits, etc., as these may give clues to help our assessment.  You may be asked to provide reports from other healthcare providers and if necessary given appropriate referrals. Physical tests may be used to determine treatment.

Your First Treatment

Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle techniques, depending on your age, fitness and condition. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as soft tissue release, visceral release, cranial field, joint mobilization and manipulation in order to release tension, restore function and help reduce inflammation.

Does Insurance Cover Osteopathy?

Yes: the following currently cover osteopathy

  • Manulife
  • Sunlife
  • Medavie Bluecross
  • Department of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Great West Life
  • RAM
  • Green Shield
  • Motor Vehicle Accident can be covered

Policies are all different please confirm coverage before your appointment.

Where can I find other osteopathic therapists of a similar standard in Canada?

This association is a member of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths, or CFO

Links to provincial associations where standards are the same as NSAO can be found there.

How do I know if my therapist is a member of the NSAO and has the relevant qualifications and insurance?

All our members are issued with a certificate of membership as well as a membership number, they are listed on this website.  If you are in doubt as to the authenticity of your therapists you can contact us.

What level of training do members of the NSAO have?

All members of the NSAO meet or exceed the standards in osteopathic education as outlined by the World Health Organization in 2010

Are osteopathic manual therapists qualified as physicians?

No, osteopathic manual practitioners are not physicians. They are not members of the Nova Scotia College of Physicians and Surgeons.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and person we are treating. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatment times may vary between Osteopaths.

How much does treatment cost?

The costs of treatment vary from practice to practice.

Do I need to see my doctor first?

You do not need to see your doctor first if you are paying for your own treatment. However, some insurance companies require you to see your doctor first. Some insurance plans may require a prescription for reimbursement purposes. It is important to check with your medical plan.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes – if you wish, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

What should I wear?

What you wear may vary depending on your treatment plan, you and your practitioner will determine what is best. However comfortable clothes are recommended. For the first assessment you may be asked to show the area to be treated, for example if you are having your knee treated shorts may be appropriate.




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