osteopathy

Osteopathy is a client-centred 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.

 

Candace Kakowchyk, Osteopathic Practitioner & Registered Massage Therapist

Candace artfully aligns and rebalances the body by gently working with every system, including bones, soft tissues and ligaments, the nervous system, vascular system, and various organs of the body. She works with everyone from newborns to adults, addressing a variety of health concerns ranging from headaches and low back pain to digestive problems, chronic ear infections, immune system dysfunction, anxiety and depression, and much more.

I started seeing Candace to help with feelings of unwellness, both physically and mentally. My naturopath referred me to Candace and I am so thankful that she did! Candace was thoughtful and patient, and took the time to get to know me. She listened to my concerns and treated accordingly. I always looked forward to my appointments, and knew that after each visit I would feel even better than before. I believe that Candace was a catalyst in my healing process and because of her, I have the tools I need to continue on my path of happiness and health!

—Ceara R.

treatments

 

Cranial-Sacral Therapy:

Cranial-sacral therapy is a very gentle, yet effective, form of treatment that focuses on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems of the body. The practitioner works along the entire length of the spinal cord, from the head to the pelvis, to bring the entire body into focus by aiming to decrease the functioning of the sympathetic system. In turn, the functioning of the parasympathetic system is relatively increased. As a result, cranial-sacral therapy has the potential to assist in managing the physical, mental and emotional stresses experienced in everyday life, as well as supporting the immune system as it struggles to function properly under all types of stress.

conditions treated

  • Whiplash
  • Stress
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic eye/ear infections
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Poor immunity

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation assesses and corrects the positioning of the internal organs of the body, including the liver, small intestines, kidneys, and uterus, in order to ensure they are free of tensions and dysfunctions. This type of therapy is used to help prevent congestion within the organ by increasing circulation and clearing any stagnation that may be causing the organ to operate at a sub-optimal level. Visceral manipulation is especially important after events such as vaccines, illness, and chemotherapy. It is also recommended in cases of constipation, blood pressure problems, and menstrual cramps. Visceral manipulation adds an additional level of care that structural and soft tissue work alone cannot provide by bringing relief to both the body and the mind.

conditions treated

  • Digestive complaints (incl. constipation & IBS)
  • Menstrual/gynecological concerns
  • Pre/Post: vaccination, chemotherapy, surgery
  • Poor immunity
  • Respiratory conditions (incl. bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma)
  • Poor sleep/insomnia
  • Back, hip & knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Concussion
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Pre/Post pregnancy

Neural Mobilization:

Neural mobilization is a subtle, yet valuable, method of treatment. It involves ensuring the nerves of the body are able to glide freely and move without impingement along their designated pathway in the body. By allowing the nerves of the body to glide within their fascial sheaths, the nervous system is able to move from an excitatory, sympathetic state into a more relaxed, parasympathetic state of being. Neural mobilization can be useful to decrease pain, increase mobility, & bring about an increased sense of overall well-being.

conditions treated

  • Acute & chronic pain conditions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Sciatica & disc problems
  • Post: dislocation, fracture, surgery
  • Back, hip & neck pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Digestive concerns

Myofascial Release:

Myofascial release works the fascia of the body, which is a network made up of strong supportive fibers surrounding every muscle, bone, organ, and nerve. Gentle, relaxing, and exceptionally effective, myofascial work allows deeper access to the muscles, joints and tissues of the body in order to restore proper function and healing. Often times what is considered to be muscle and joint pain stems from tightness in the fascia as it pulls throughout the body, placing tension on the muscles, bones, organs and nerves.

conditions treated

  • General & chronic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strains/injuries
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Digestive concerns
  • Menstrual/gynecological concerns
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Back, hip & knee pain
  • Sciatica & disc problems

Fascial Unwinding:

Fascial unwinding is similar to myofascial release. Gentle traction by the Osteopathic Practitioner is placed on the area being treated in order to allow the fascial network surrounding the muscles, bones, and nerves to release. As the body settles in and allows for this treatment to take place, a subtle movement of the area being tractioned occurs, indicating the tissues are releasing their patterns of tension. In cases of repetitive strain injuries, the unwinding is typically in the reverse pattern of the original movement. Gentle, relaxing, and highly effective, fascial unwinding is an ideal modality for those recovering from accident and injury, as well as those with chronic joint pain and conditions that do not allow for other, more aggressive, forms of treatment.

conditions treated

  • General & chronic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strains/injuries
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Digestive concerns
  • Menstrual/gynecological concerns
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Back, hip & knee pain
  • Sciatica & disc problems
  • Autoimmune conditions

Lymphatic Pumping:

Lymphatic pumping is a key component when dealing with concerns involving injury, inflammation, and immunity. An extremely subtle technique that provides powerful results, lymphatic work involves a subtle pumping motion of the lymphatic vessels in order to clear out toxins and inflammatory factors found within the body. In addition, when used in cases of bronchitis, pneumonia, colds, flu, etcetera, lymphatic pumping can shorten the duration of illness because the lymphatic system is part of our overall immune system.

conditions treated

  • Colds/flu
  • Sports injuries
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Constipation
  • Post-accident & injury
  • Pre/post-surgery
  • Poor immunity
  • Swelling of the limbs/groin/abdomen
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Arthritic conditions

Structural Realignment:

Structural realignment focuses on making sure the bones of the body are balanced and in sync with each other. Proper structural positioning helps free the nerves of the body in areas where they may be compressed from a misalignment, such as in the spine or the ribs. Due to the specific nature of this approach by the Osteopathic Practitioner, structural realingment is highly effective in restoring mobility and function to the body, as well as relieving pain caused by structural imbalances.

conditions treated

  • Neck pain
  • Back, hip & knee pain
  • Foot & ankle pain
  • Post: bronchitis, pneumonia, cold, flu
  • Sports injury
  • General injury
  • Sciatica

Post-Concussion Management:

Once the initial 10-day rest period of no screen time, no work, no school, and no sporting activities has passed, the majority of people who have sustained a concussion are able to return to their regular routine. However, the recovery time required for others can be much longer. Post-concussion management assists those recovering from concussion to return to the routine of their daily life, in addition to decreasing and eliminating the remaining symptoms the individual is experiencing. Post-concussion management incorporates all aspects of osteopathic treatment. Its primary focus is to eliminate the following most common, long-term symptoms experienced after this type of brain injury.

conditions treated

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or seeing stars
  • Feeling dazed and confused
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea &/or vomiting
  • Lethargy &/or fatigue
  • Irritability &/or other mood changes
  • Depression &/or anxiety
  • Digestive changes
  • Loss of appetite
  • Poor sleep or sleeping too much
  • Poor concentration/inability to focus
  • Balance problems
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity

Muscle Energy Technique:

Muscle energy is a subtle approach that uses small muscle contractions performed by the patient in order to release muscle tension and joint dysfunction. It is used when osteopathic assessment determines the cause of the problem is based on muscle tightness and aims to be specific to the muscle and the joint being affected. It is also used in cases where structural realignment is not suggested or indicated.

conditions treated

  • Subacute injury
  • Post: MVA, concussion, surgery
  • Back, hip & knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches & migraines
  • During & post pregnancy
  • Chronic respiratory conditions (incl. asthma, bronchitis, COPD)
  • Sciatica & disc injury

Orthopedic & Biomechanical Assessment:

Orthopedic and biomechanical assessment is a standardized method of testing used to determine the cause of the patient’s complaint. Incorporated by the Osteopathic Practitioner, it combines visual assessment, as well as both active and passive movements, of the patient’s body in order to determine if the complaint is mainly a structural, muscular, visceral, neurological, or fascial problem. These means of patient evaluation are used in all presented cases, allowing for consistent results across all health practitioners who are trained in these testing methods, including Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Registered Massage Therapists.

 

 

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