Change Pain. Live Your Best Life.
When we are in pain, our body tends to tense up and contract in attempts to protect us from danger. When we tense up, it becomes harder to move. And when we stop moving, our pain can increase. And so begins the vicious cycle of pain –> muscle contraction —> decreased movement and range of motion –> pain. Then we can add the secondary effects of pain and lack of movement, such as anxiety, isolation, frustration, etc.
My job is to help you to break that cycle by providing osteopathic manual therapy and to help you to safely incorporate more movement into your life. The gentle nature of osteopathy can be very soothing and beneficial to the nervous system. That, in turn, will help your muscles to relax, which will then improve your body’s ability to move. And hopefully, reverse the vicious cycle described above.
I truly want you to feel more confident in your movements and to be able to trust that your body is strong, resilient, and adaptable. Even if it may not feel that way to you right now.
Whatever your goal is, we can work together to overcome your pain and to get you back to living. Whether you want to return to gardening, getting back to playing a sport you enjoy, or being able to work for longer periods of time with less pain, it’s entirely possible to modify the state you are in right now.
I take a holistic approach to working with people who live with pain by taking into consideration not only the physical symptoms and pain triggers, but also by understanding the importance of mindset, the role of emotions, as well as social situations and other lifestyle factors that may be contributing to the problem, and may also be important components of the solution.
As an Osteopathic Practitioner, I have the perspective of looking at the whole person, not only the symptoms, or part of the body that is hurting. Everything is connected.
Osteopathy is a gentle and safe option to helping people of all ages who are suffering from a wide range of conditions and symptoms. I offer complementary options for pain management, such as education about pain, manual therapy, and movement-based guidance.
I believe in a team approach when it comes to providing the best care possible for my patients. I also work alongside other healthcare professionals, such as doctors, midwifes, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, counsellors, and psychologists.
My goal is to empower you by providing you with education about your body, and what you can do to feel better.
I prioritize providing education, so that you can learn about what is going on in your body, why you are experiencing your symptoms, and most importantly – what you can do to feel better!
Once your body is able to relax and move with a little more ease, I provide individualized movement-based exercises that are appropriate for where you are currently at in your recovery, always with your goals in mind. I also believe that the best kind of exercise is the kind that you actually enjoy, and I do my best to work with you to find meaningful and fun ways to improve your mobility, strength, and if desired, fitness ability. We may also discuss lifestyle modifications, relaxation and pain-management techniques as tools that you can use as part of your self-care plan.
The gentle manual therapy techniques I use can aid in relaxation, improving joint range of motion, and decreasing pain and discomfort.