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Manual Osteopathy


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Manual Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.

Manual Osteopathy is practiced in Canada as a complementary therapy alongside conventional treatments to restore optimal body function. A manual osteopath will focus on the joints, muscles, and spine. Treatment aims to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems. Manual means that both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands. Practitioners specialized in manual osteopathy possess a highly refined touch, developed over years of training, that helps them identify not only surface anomalies but also deeper tensions where inflammation and distortions occur.

All our body systems are intimately connected and manual osteopaths help restore those connections with specific treatments:

  • naturopathy    Cranial Osteopathy – Addresses the vitality and mobility of the dural membranes and cerebrospinal fluid which nourish and protect both the brain and the spinal cord and influence nutrient exchange at a cellular level.
  • naturopathy   Mayofascial and connective tissue therapy – Treats restrictions of the muscles, fascia and connective tissues, normalizing these important structural tissues.
  • naturopathy   Osteo-articular corrections – Gentle manipulation of joints which restores proper motion.
  • naturopathy   Visceral manipulation – Gentle and direct work to the organs, viscera and ligament/facial attachments relieving pain and improving function.

How Does Manual Osteopathy Benefit Me? What Can It Help With?

Manual osteopathy balances the nervous system and therefore positively affects all other body systems and conditions.

Many of the following conditions have responded very favourably to manual osteopathic treatment:

  • Musculoskeletal complaints (back, shoulder, arm, hip, and leg pain plus jaw dysfunction/pain)
  • Concussions
  • G.I. complaints (constipation, IBS and acid reflux)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Symptoms from falls or accidents (whiplash, feeling “out of sorts”)
  • Symptoms related to chronic conditions (for example pain, shortness of breath due to asthma)
What Does A Session Look Like?

In your first session, you share your health history with the manual osteopath and discuss your treatment needs. An assessment is made which includes posture observation and tests to determine where treatment is indicated. In the remaining, a manual osteopath will perform a hands-on treatment.

Quick assessments happens in subsequent appointments in order to see what changes have occurred that guide the treatment process. Most of the time is then spent on treatment, which can take place sitting, lying face up, face down, or on your side.

Wear Comfortable Clothes!

We recommend to wear shorts or loose/stretchy pants and if comfortable, a sports bra for female patients. Your comfort is extremely important - so if you prefer not to disrobe, accommodations will be made.

Also, we have blankets and heating pads to offer you to keep you warm.

How Often Do I Need A Treatment?

It depends on the length of time you have had your complaint, the severity of your injury and your overall health. Some conditions respond quickly and others take more time. Please feel free to discuss this in person.

Can I Combine Osteopathy With Other Treatment Types?

Manual osteopathy is compatible with other types of treatments like massage therapy and acupuncture. In treating certain conditions (depression, anxiety, chronic conditions) manual osteopaths may make referrals to other health care practitioners like naturopathic doctors, MD’s or psychologists for additional necessary support.

Are Manual Osteopathy Treatments Covered By Extended Health Benefits Or Insurance?

Manual osteopathic treatment is covered by many private insurance plans. Please check with yours to see what your coverage is, as individual plans vary.

Please note, manual osteopathy is not a service that can be directly billed to insurance companies. Upon your treatment, you will be given an invoice with manual osteopath billing numbers. You would need to submit this invoice (and a doctor’s referral, if required.) Again, please check your coverage with your provider.

Our Registered Manual Osteopathic Practitioners

Note, registered manual osteopathic practitioners are NOT registrants of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Sumit Osteopath

Sumit Paul Singh
Registered Manual Osteopathic Practitioner

Sumit Paul Singh is registered with College of Registered Manual Osteopaths. Note, Sumit is not registrant of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. He has completed his manual osteopathy course from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. He has worked as a senior physiotherapist for more than 7 years back home in India, has owned various physiotherapy centres, and worked as a sports physiotherapist for the various associations of field hockey, football (soccer), cricket. He acted as a state coordinator of physiotherapy clinics in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh for Help Age India (NGO for senior Citizen). He holds a vast experience working with all age groups from infants to the geriatric population.

He is also a part of Osteopathy Chronic Pain Clinics of Canada OCPCC He is now a Register Manual Osteopathic practitioner.

He is trained in cranio-sacral therapy and visceral manipulation. He is flexible, a good listener and always treats with a one on one patient centered approach, with individual treatment session and exercises. He is also a certified instructor of yoga, pilates, cardio kick boxing, aerobics and diabetic educator.

He loves to spend his quality time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys watching movies, going on long drives and adventurous trips.


Manual ostepathy can provide relief and treatment for a wide range of conditions. These include:

  • osteopathy   TMJ
  • osteopathy   Arthritis
  • osteopathy   Foot, ankle, hip, and knee pain
  • osteopathy   Back pain, neck pain, and sciatica
  • osteopathy   Hand, shoulder, and elbow pain
  • osteopathy   Headaches
  • osteopathy   Tennis and golfer's elbow
  • osteopathy   Postural problems due to pregnancy, sports injury, driving or work strain, or digestive issues
  • osteopathy   Neuralgia

Craniosacral Therapy

CST is a non-invasive, hands-on therapy that aims to enhance the body's own healing capabilities. According to the some respectable institute Craniosacral therapist uses a touch of under 5 grams to "release restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system." This light touch is said to affect the pressure and circulation of cerebrospinal fluid, which is the fluid around the brain and spinal cord. This process is thought to relieve pain and dysfunction. Practitioners claim that CST can be carried out as a standalone treatment or used in conjunction with medical or other alternative therapies.

Craniosacral Therapy has been used to treat a variety of conditions, both physical and psychological. These include:

  • osteopathy   Issue in Pregnancy
  • osteopathy   Alzheimer's disease
  • osteopathy   Autism
  • osteopathy   Back pain
  • osteopathy   Brain injury
  • osteopathy   Central Nervous System disorders
  • osteopathy   Chronic fatigue
  • osteopathy   Colics
  • osteopathy   Concussion
  • osteopathy   Dementia
  • osteopathy   Fibromyalgia
  • osteopathy   Immune disorders
  • osteopathy   Learning disabilities
  • osteopathy   Migranes
  • osteopathy   Neck pain
  • osteopathy   Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • osteopathy   Scoliosis
  • osteopathy   Spinal cord injury
  • osteopathy   Stress

Visceral Manipulation

Visceral Manipulation (VM) is a gentle manual therapy technique that assesses the relationship between the body’s organs (e.g. bladder, bowel, uterus, etc) and others structures, like muscles, fascia, ligaments and joints. The organs in our body have a certain range of movement that is normal, just like our joints, they need to move within a normal range so we can function. The movement of an organ can be restricted by surgical scars, adhesions, infection, illness, poor posture or traumatic injury. A restriction prevents the “gliding and sliding” action of the organ over other structures within the body, creating an area of fixation. Our body learns to accommodate by moving around this area of tension, and over time this repeated movement leads to chronic irritation and inflammation causing musculoskeletal, neural and visceral dysfunction.

Visceral Manipulation has been effective in the treatment of:

  • osteopathy   Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • osteopathy   Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • osteopathy   Fibroids & Cysts
  • osteopathy   Endometriosis
  • osteopathy   Dysmenorrhea
  • osteopathy   Dyspareunia
  • osteopathy   Infertility
  • osteopathy   Interstitial Cystitis
  • osteopathy   Bladder urgency/frequency
  • osteopathy   Bladder incontinence
  • osteopathy   Prostatitis
  • osteopathy   Urinary and sexual dysfunction associated with an enlarged prostate
  • osteopathy   Referred penile and testicular pain
  • osteopathy   Constipation and Bloating
  • osteopathy   Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • osteopathy   GERD, Acid Reflux
  • osteopathy   Chronic Spinal Dysfunction
  • osteopathy   Joint Pain
  • osteopathy   Fibromyalgia
  • osteopathy   Post Operative Scar Tissue
  • osteopathy   Anxiety and Depression
  • osteopathy   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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