FAQs with Brandon Donkers, OMP, M.OMSc

1. What is Classical Osteopathy? 

Classical Manual Osteopathic Care, is a gentle non-invasive, hands-on treatment that emphasized the structure/function relationship of the body. This therapy follows a belief in the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate, which is why manual osteopathic practitioners do not see themselves as healers, but instead as facilitators to health.

Osteopathy focuses on facilitating the health of joints and muscles through non-invasive manual therapy, helping to strengthen the framework of the body, and acts as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medicine.

By working with the interrelated systems and functions of the human body, manual osteopathic therapy can return the body to normal health so it can self-heal and self-regulate.

Classically trained Manual Osteopathic Practitioners have studied advanced level anatomy and physiology over the course of 4 years, and have completed 1000 hours of supervised training and practice in the public clinic in Hamilton.

All treatments are provided with clothes ON. Osteopathic treatment is a safe, gentle and effective way of treating the body, giving a sense of wellness, less pain and potentially fewer negative health symptoms from underlying health problems

2. What can I expect during a session?
Your first session will begin with an overview of your health history, as well as a postural assessment, and biomechanical analysis. We will then discuss how Osteopathic Manual Therapy can be applied to your unique situation and create an individualized treatment plan. Subsequent visits require less assessment and an increased amount of specific work. Treatments involve mild participation from the patient.

3. How can Osteopathic Manual Therapy help me? 
Osteopathic Manual Therapy can help improve the body’s structural function which will allow it to operate and heal more efficiently. By improving the inter-relationship of the multiple systems in the body it can help many conditions such as: • Decrease of tension in the body, reducing aches and pains • Reduction of pain in muscles and stiffness in joints • Increase of blood circulation and healing • Improvement of joint mobility and posture • Respiratory, Digestive, Reproduction issues 

4. How much does an appointment cost?
The cost for an initial visit is $100 and then $70 for subsequent visits.

5. is Osteopathic Manual Therapy covered under private insurance?
It is covered under many insurance providers. Please check you policy for HR department for more details. Osteopathic Manual Practitioners do not work with any cases that are currently involved in WSIB, motor vehicle accident, or any claims that are litigious in nature.

6. How long are appointment times?
An initial visit takes 45 minutes and a regular treatment can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. The length of the treatment depends on a variety of factors including age, lifestyle, past experience of injuries, trauma, etc. 

7. What should I wear to an appointment?
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing avoiding zippers, clasps and buckles. Shoes and jewelry such as watches and necklaces must be removed prior to treatment.

Please Email Brandon at DonkersOsteo@gmail.com for further questions.