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Massage • Manual Osteopathy • Acupuncture


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Call us at 780-569-3838 to find out how


Massage • Manual Osteopathy • Acupuncture



Osteopathy St Albert | Help Your Body Heal

In the quest to find full body healing and wellness, many Albertans are turning to Osteopathy St Albert to help them. While acupuncture, massage therapy and acupuncture have been gaining popularity and notoriety in recent years, osteopathy, and while osteopathy is newer, having been founded in 1874 in the United States. The practice is just starting to be noticed. Part of this is due to the Canadian Osteopathic Association (COA) which is the governing body of osteopaths in Canada, helping practitioners get accredited and licensed. So that they can help more patients heal with this beneficial therapy.

But what is osteopathy St Albert treatments? Lianna Bergonia, the osteopathic therapist and owner of Healing Point Massage therapy in St Albert describes it  as an alternative treatment emphasizing physical palpitation and manipulation of the body’s muscles and bones. While this might sound similar to chiropractic treatment, it’s more of a mix of massage therapy, physical therapy and chiropractic adjustments.

When clients come in for their Osteopathy St Albert treatment at Healing Point Massage Therapy, they will first undergo an assessment. This assessment will help the practitioner understand what is going on in the whole body. The practitioner will start with a health questionnaire, asking about a person’s general health, any illnesses or symptoms they have, and medical history.

They will also want to know about any current medical care a client is undergoing and find out if they have any medications they are taking. The next step is to have the patient perform some simple movements and motions. These motions can include walking away from and towards the practitioner, standing on one foot and bending forward at the waist.

First Osteopathy Appointment

The practitioner will find these movements helpful in understanding what is going on in the body, and often will have the patient repeat these movements at the end of the treatment, to see if it was beneficial in improving the patient’s range of motion.

Once the practitioner has gathered all their information, they will start the treatment. Patients will be fully clothed, but are encouraged to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes to their appointment. The practitioner will focus on the parts of the body that the client identified to be as painful or troublesome, or where they had symptoms. The appointment is not necessarily timed – the appointment will be as long as the therapist finds it necessary to provide some relief to the client.

Osteopathy St Albert | What Osteopathy Treats

At the end of the osteopathy St Albert appointment, they will have the client repeat the movements they did at the beginning, so the therapist can gauge whether the treatment was successful, or to find out how successful it was. They will likely give the patient a series of exercises or stretches to do in between appointments, and let the client know when they should come in for their next appointment. Many osteopathy St Albert treatments are covered by benefit companies, which makes it a particularly accessible treatment for many.

While this is how the osteopathy St Albert treatment will likely go, many people want to know what types of conditions or illnesses can be improved or helped by manual osteopathic therapy. While there is no specific list of conditions, these are the types of conditions people have, who find relief with this type of therapy:

  • Musculoskeletal pain (both acute and chronic)
  • Sports injuries or repetitive injuries or strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Posture and mobility problems
  • Headaches and concussions
  • Digestive Issues
  • TMJ disorders
  • EENT disorders (ears, eyes, nose & throat)
  • Digestive issues
  • Immune system problems

Just to name a few things.

How You Will Feel After Osteopathy

The goal of osteopathy St Albert treatments are to improve a person’s overall wellness. Whether that means reducing or minimizing their pain, or helping them feel better, sleep better, stay active and remain healthy. After the treatment, clients may experience changes or differences in any part of their body, regardless if the therapist worked in that area or not. This is because the goal of treatment is to restore the body’s balance. If the therapist worked in one area of the body, that could be restoring balance and health to the opposite side of the client.

Since the osteopathic practitioner may effect many different types of symptoms in the patient’s body, like their nervous system, circulatory system, muscular system, immune system, lymphatic system or endocrine system just to name a few, the changes they feel in their body could be anywhere, not just in their muscles or tissues. This is because they treat the entire body is a complex set of interconnected systems. However, no client should experience pain during or after their treatment.

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Once the treatment is over, clients are encouraged to drink lots of water, and go on a gentle 30 minute walk. Osteopathic therapists also suggest clients act very gently with themselves for the next three or so days, and limit strenuous exercise and heavy lifting. Their therapist will let them know when to come in next. If people are interested in trying manual osteopathy St Albert for the first time, Lianna and her clinic, Healing Point will be more than happy to let you experience the healing benefits of this treatment.