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About Us

 

“....lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” - Mark 16:18

 

            At Knight Holistic Therapy, we believe that the human body functions as a dynamically integrated whole and that every person deserves compassionate and receptive healthcare rooted in this foundational precept of care. Our practitioners look at the entirety of each individual, taking into account the history of illness and injury, and attempt to find the cause of pain or disease held within the body to facilitate healing. We operate under the philosophy of “Find it, fix it, leave it alone.”, an outlook adopted from the founder of the Osteopathic profession, which is why we are committed to providing the most efficient and affordable methods of treatment for our clients.

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Knight Holistic Therapy

Our clinic was opened in January 2022, it is a clean and professional space within a comfortable home-style setting. We offer flexible clinic hours from early morning to late evening to accommodate your work and childcare schedules in an attempt to be accessible to all.

Professionalism

Our practitioners are members of the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA), which sets rigorous professional standards and membership criteria to ensure patient safety and the highest level of manual osteopathic training. The OOA is a provincial member association of Osteopathy Canada (OSTCAN). OSTCAN represents provincial member organizations in seeking Canadian regulatory standards at the highest international level, including those in the UK and Australia. OSTCAN is regulated by the World Health Organization and the private insurance company sector. Click here to see Natasha's OSTCAN Membership.

Click here to learn more about OSTCAN.

What to Expect

Manual osteopathic therapy is a hands-on approach to treatment, it uses motion tests and palpation to look for areas of restriction in the body. Restriction can be found in all layers of the body; skin, fascia, muscles, nerves, joints and ligaments. As the practitioner finds restricted parts of the body, treatment is administered using myofascial release, muscle energy techniques or gentle movement of a joint within its range of motion.

  • What does an assessment involve?
    Assessment involves various range of motion tests, whole body movements as well as individual joint assessments. Some assessments require the patient to move on their own, other movements are guided by the practitioner when the patient is relaxed.
  • What do I have to wear for treatment?
    Comfortable clothes that cover your body and allow you to move freely, preferably not tight jeans or thick sweaters.
  • How long is one treatment session?
    Treatments typically last 20-25 minutes. Treatment times may vary as treatment is dependent on each individual’s needs.
  • How many treatment sessions are necessary to get better?
    Every patient presents different levels of care. Typically, treatment is given once a week for three weeks, then treatment frequency will be reduced depending on how the patient responds to treatment.
  • Do I need a referral?
    No, you do not need a referral. Your manual osteopathic practitioner may request one if there are any concerns they have upon initial assessment.
  • Is the treatment painful?
    Manual osteopathic treatment is very gentle. Sometimes treatment methods can be uncomfortable, however, the treatment is better received if the patient is relaxed and comfortable. Sometimes patients can feel a little sore after treatment like they have exercised, but this will fade within 24 hours.
  • Can manual osteopathy help if I am undergoing some other type of treatment?
    The effectiveness of manual osteopathic treatment in concordance with other types of treatment is dependent on each individual’s situation. Please consult with your manual osteopathic practitioner regarding other ongoing types of treatment to better understand how effective manual osteopathic treatment is to your unique situation.
  • Does manual osteopathy promote long-term preventative care?
    Yes, regular osteopathic treatment can prevent problems from occurring later on, by allowing the body to move properly, free of restriction.
  • Is manual osteopathic treatment safe?
    Manual osteopathic therapy is recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available. Although it has a very strong safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. However, the risks associated with manual osteopathy are minimal. Many patients feel immediate relief following manual osteopathic treatment, while some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise or massage. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following soft tissue therapy typically fades within 24 hours.
  • How can a manual osteopath detect the problem area?
    Throughout their rigorous education, manual osteopathic practitioners are thoroughly trained in the skill of palpation, allowing them to feel through the layers of anatomy and learn what normal body mechanics should feel like. They are taught the location and direction of each muscle, the pathway of all nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics and the proper motion of each joint. When any of these areas are restricted or misaligned the practitioner can feel it.
  • What conditions can manual osteopathy treat?
    Manual osteopathy addresses all systems of the body because all parts of the body are connected. An improvement in the alignment of the musculoskeletal (muscles, joints and bones) system of the body will impact the circulatory (blood) system, respiratory (lungs and airways) system, digestive (esophagus, stomach and GI tract) system, nervous system and more.
  • What are the benefits of manual osteopathic treatment?
    The benefits of manual osteopathic treatment include: better circulation allowing damaged tissue to heal, better communication between the brain, nerves, muscles, organs, etc., increased ability for the body to detoxify itself, and increased immune response.
  • What are some treatment techniques that manual osteopathic practitioners use?
    Treatment techniques utilized by manual osteopathic practitioners are extensive and are markedly dependent on the area of the body the practitioner is addressing.
  • Is it safe to have a treatment while pregnant?
    Yes, it is. Osteopathic treatment can help with the structural changes the body goes through and ease discomfort as well as improve circulation and drainage for both mother and baby.
  • Can babies receive manual osteopathic treatment?
    Yes, babies can benefit from Osteopathic treatment for common ailments such as difficulty latching, neck mobility, reflux, gas, colic, constipation and general discomfort.
  • What training does a Manual Osteopathic Therapist have?
    Manual Osteopathic Practitioners receive one of two designations: M.OMSc. (Master of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences) or DOMP (Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice). At the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy, graduates receive over 4200 hours of clinical, hands-on practice and instruction from educators who are both clinicians and instructors. They are taught Osteopathy as a profession rather than as an add-on or addition to other treatment mediums (the latter is common among therapists holding the DOMP (Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice). They are taught how to apply anatomy, physiology and osteopathic theory directly as they learn to assess and treat patients. For more information, please visit; https://canadianosteopathy.ca/our-program/
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