Can anybody call themselves an Osteopath (treating humans) in Canada?
Non-physician Osteopaths in Canada are currently represented by the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths, a group that advocates for the standardization of training requirements and more legal recognition for the non-medical Osteopathic profession. This organization and the schools from which its membership have graduated are not recognized or accredited by any Canadian federal or provincial regulatory authority. Therefore, as there is no governmental regulating body as yet in Canada (as there is for Massage Therapy), there is always the possibility that someone can claim to be an Osteopath without the proper education and training. However, a true Osteopathic Practitioner has to hold a recognised degree in Osteopathy. Alison has completed the extensive 5 year Osteopathic training program through the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Toronto, prior to which she completed her degree in Massage Therapy and a 4 year Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, with a Certificate in Sports Therapy.
What Osteopathy is NOT
Osteopathy is not a cure-all and there are times when other treatment modalitites may be necessary or Alison may refer you to a physician.
Are you insured?
Yes, Alison is a fully licenced and insured Registered Massage Therapist.
What is Equine/Animal Massage and Osteopathy?
Equine/Animal Massage and Osteopathic Practitioners use their hands to identify and treat abnormalities within the animal's structure and function. A variety of stretches, mobilizing and manipulative techniques are used to improve blood flow and soft tissue drainage, release tension and improve joint mobility. The same principles and techniques that apply to humans are used on horses and animals, with modifications made only for their unique anatomies. Alison has a very comprehensive knowledge of horse and animal anatomies.
Can anybody call themselves an Animal Osteopath?
It is unfortunate, but anybody can call themselves an Animal Osteopath, or practitioner of any sort, including Massage Therapy, even if they have had no training, no background in healthcare or even worked with animals! There are no regulations in place to protect animals from malpractice. It is VERY important that you check into the qualifications and experience of any practitioner working on your horse or pet.
Will my insurance cover the cost of treatment?
Maybe. You will have to check with your individual insurance coverage, or coverage for your horse/pet, to find out if you are covered for Massage Therapy. Alison bills as a Registered Massage Therapist and can provide you with a receipt for Massage Therapy.
What happens at the first treatment?
At the first treatment Alison will conduct a comprehensive assessment and medical history, followed by treatment.
See Animal Osteopathy and Service & Fees for more details about treament.
Do I need my vet's permission to treat my horse or pet?
No, currently diagnosis and treatment of animals is not controlled by veterinarians, as it is in some countries like the UK. However, this may change in the future. Alison will give treatment and advice individually tailoured to your horse or pet based on her extensive training and healthcare knowledge, and she is happy to work in collaboration with treatment prescribed by your vet. Also, there is no need to stop any medication that has been prescribed for your horse or pet, but please disclose this information to Alison so that she can properly assess their condition.
Do you offer a group discount for horses and pets?
Yes, please Contact Alison for more information and discuss this with her.
How far will you travel?
Alison will travel approximately 25 km from her base at Hands on Performance as part of her regular treatment fees. Visits outside of her normal area may incur additional travel costs. Please discuss this in advance.
Will osteopathic treatment hurt?
No, the techniques used are non-invasive and will not cause pain.
For horses and pets, if they are very sore or stiff before the treatment, they may try to resist certain positions, but most animals enjoy the treatment and sometimes even go to sleep!
Will my horse need any time off after treatment?
It depends on how severe your horse's condition/injury is before the treatment. It is best to turn your horse out with plenty of food and water after treatment, for a couple of days or just lightly hack if possible.
How many treatments will I need?
The amount of treatments needed will depend on the condition/injury being addressed. Please discuss this with Alison at your first treatment and she will give you her best estimate. Minor or recent conditions/injuries often respond much quicker than chronic conditions.
How many treatments will my horse or pet need?
Most animals with straightforward issues only require a few treatments to see significant improvement. However some animals have more complex issues and require further treatments. Alison will advise how many treatments may be needed at your first appointment.
How do I book an appointment?
Please call or email Alison: 705.321.8165 · email@example.com
If you wish to rearrange an appointment you have already booked, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. Please read Alison's Cancellation Policy.