What is Manual Osteopathy?

Manual osteopathy has been used therapeutically since 1892, although its benefits have garnered attention recently. It is a complementary form of treatment that addresses various conditions such as postural imbalances, injuries and many others.

Manual osteopathy gently and precisely aligns muscles, bones, and joints. Manual osteopaths palpate and manipulate the body to remove limitations and allow optimal performance. Manual osteopathy differs from other therapies in its hands-on approach.

Professionals think the body functions as a complete and that disruptions in one area might influence the whole. Manual osteopathy promotes well-being and self-healing by treating the fundamental cause of pain or dysfunction.

Book an appointment with our Manual Osteopaths today and take the first step towards your well-being.

The Benefits of Manual Osteopathy

Why get some manual osteopathy? Here are some of the benefits that you can gain:

  • Enhanced Blood Flow and Circulation: Manual osteopathy employs hands-on techniques to improve blood flow and circulation throughout the body.
  • Release of Neurotransmitters: Engage with the feel-good trio of dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins, as manual osteopathy prompts the release of these neurotransmitters.
  • Muscle Spasm Relief: Find solace from muscle spasms through manual osteopathy.
  • Alleviation of Restrictions in Bones, Muscles, and Joints: Manual osteopathy targets musculoskeletal limitations. This therapy gently manipulates and realigns bones, muscles, and joints to relieve pain, discomfort, and movement restrictions.
  • Natural Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Embrace the natural anti-inflammatory effects of manual osteopathy.

What Conditions Does a Manual Osteopath Treat?

Beyond techniques tailored for the nervous system, manual osteopaths employ various tools to address both the musculoskeletal and visceral systems.

The following represents some of the conditions that may exhibit positive response to manual osteopathy treatment:

  • Musculoskeletal complaints (e.g., back, shoulder, arm, hip, leg pain, and jaw pain/dysfunction)
  • Concussions
  • Gastrointestinal complaints (e.g., constipation, IBS, and acid reflux)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Symptoms stemming from falls or accidents (e.g., whiplash, a sense of being “out of sorts”)
  • Symptoms associated with chronic conditions (e.g., shortness of breath due to asthma)

Through a comprehensive approach that considers the interconnectedness of bodily systems, manual osteopathy seeks to bring relief and restoration to individuals grappling with a diverse range of health challenges. It is recommended that individuals seeking treatment consult with a qualified manual osteopath to tailor the approach to their specific needs and conditions, ensuring a personalized and effective therapeutic journey.

What Does a Visit with a Manual Osteopath Look Like?

During your session with a Manual Osteopath, you undergo a comprehensive full-body assessment, spanning from head to toe. Central to the philosophy of Osteopathy is the belief that the body operates as a cohesive unit, with no part isolated from the whole. Consequently, the interconnected relationships within your body are thoroughly evaluated to pinpoint the root cause of your concern. Subsequently, tailored hands-on techniques are applied to address the identified issues.

Why Choose Evergreen Rehab and Wellness’s Osteopathy Clinic?

  • Professional Manual Osteopaths. Evergreen Rehab and Wellness has skilled Manual Osteopaths. Our staff provides top-notch attention to ensure your satisfaction.
  • Our clinic is known for holistic healing. To provide complete care, our practitioners work effortlessly together. This multifaceted approach optimizes your holistic rehabilitation by addressing your health and well-being.

Evergreen Rehab & Wellness’s Osteopathy Clinic offers more than manual osteopathy—it also emphasizes excellence, expertise, and a comprehensive approach to health and wellness.

Meet Our Osteopaths

  • Acupuncturist/Manual Osteopath

    Ahyoung Choi is a registered Acupuncturist and TCM practitioner in Langley.

  • Manual Osteopath

    Vahid Shahrokhi is a Manual Osteopath serving in Evergreen Rehab & Wellness Langley and Coquitlam locations.

Frequently Asked Questions about Manual Osteopathy

Certainly! We offer massage and manual osteopathy. Combining these treatments can provide complete relief from a variety of conditions.
Manual osteopaths gently identify, assess, and treat the body’s structures and rhythms. One of its foundations is osteopathic palpation. Practicing manual osteopathy requires a skilled sense of touch. Practicing “listening” to the body helps recognize congestion, dehydration, scarring, and stiffness. Manual osteopaths repair bone, muscle, fluid, and organ function by expert palpation, improving overall health.
Typically, manual osteopathic treatments are not associated with pain. However, in addressing specific conditions, some discomfort may be unavoidable. The majority of techniques employed are exceptionally gentle. When formulating a treatment plan, the practitioner takes into account the condition being addressed, the symptoms, and the client’s overall health and concerns. No procedure is carried out without obtaining consent to proceed. Similar to massage therapy, clients are encouraged to communicate at any point if they feel uncomfortable, wish to stop, or prefer a modification in the treatment.
Not required. Osteopathy is hands-on and may require bodily movement, so wear loose, comfortable clothes. You may need to undress to your underwear depending on the assessment. Shorts are recommended for men and sports bras for women. If you’re uncomfortable removing all clothing, talk to your manual osteopath. The practitioner will take care of your comfort and boundaries to create a therapeutic atmosphere that suits you.
The duration of a treatment session is contingent on the specific issue and the overall condition of the patient. For the initial consultation and treatment, we suggest a 60-minute session, followed by subsequent sessions that can be 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length. The recommended number of sessions required to achieve anticipated results varies depending on the nature of the problem and its associated conditions.
Post-treatment sensations vary among individuals. After your initial osteopathy session, your body may undergo a readjustment process lasting 3-4 days. We advise avoiding intense activities during this period. Responses differ; some may immediately experience benefits, indicating identification of the primary imbalance, while others may temporarily feel worse as tensions or toxins are released. Persistent symptoms after five days require contacting your osteopathic practitioner for additional assistance. Some may feel unchanged, necessitating further work to address the root cause. Regardless, increasing water intake post-treatment aids the body in eliminating released toxins.
Manual osteopathy is acknowledged as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies for neuromusculoskeletal and joint concerns. While it boasts an excellent safety record, like any health treatment, it is not entirely free from potential adverse effects. Nevertheless, the risks associated with manual osteopathy are minimal. While many clients experience immediate relief, some may encounter mild soreness or aching, akin to post-exercise or massage effects. Current literature suggests that any discomfort typically diminishes within 24 hours following soft tissue therapy.

Children benefit from manual osteopathy. Due to their excessive physical activity and sports-related falls, youngsters may feel back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness, or discomfort. Manual osteopathy is personalized and gentle for children, assuring their comfort and well-being.

Generally, you don’t require a physician’s referral to see a manual osteopath. However, it’s advisable to check with your health plan insurer, as they may have specific referral requirements. Contacting your employer’s human resources department or the insurance plan provider directly can help you determine if any referral procedures are in place. In most cases, you can simply call and schedule an appointment with a manual osteopath without additional paperwork.
In Canada, osteopathic medicine stands out as a unique form of medical practice. Only Medical Doctors (MDs) and Doctors of Osteopathy (DOs) have the full training and licensure to order necessary laboratory or diagnostic procedures, prescribe medication, perform surgery, and deliver babies. DOs, recognized as osteopathic physicians, are the sole individuals legally entitled to use the term “osteopath” and may also opt to specialize in various branches of medicine based on their training. This sets them apart from other healthcare professionals, including chiropractors.
Certainly, the majority of insurance companies that offer coverage for chiropractic, physiotherapy, and massage services typically extend coverage to manual osteopathy. To confirm your specific coverage, it’s advisable to review your policy before scheduling or attending a session.

Book an Appointment with our Manual Osteopaths Today!

Rediscover freedom of movement and relief from pain! Secure your appointment with our experienced Manual Osteopaths today and take the first step towards a balanced and pain-free life. Book a session at our nearest clinic.

What Our Patients Say


Ellen TsangEllen Tsang
05:59 30 Sep 23
Pretty good RMT (registered massage therapy) experience. They do direct billing to 1 provider. Location can be a bit hard to find at first. Can park in the underground parking lot. When you walk back up the parking lot ramp, Evergreen is on the right past the 504 sign.
Gee kGee k
17:25 23 Sep 23
Suji Hong, the acupuncturist, is the best I’ve ever known. I had foot injuries that lasted for a couple of months, but after receiving three sessions of needle treatments from her, the pain is gone! She is very professional and caring, and she pinpoints the exact areas where I have issues. If you are looking for a trustworthy acupuncturist in town, I would highly recommend her :)
Una CUna C
01:23 12 Sep 23
I have been taking Pilates with Mo Ran for over 3 months now and she’s one the most amazing instructors I’ve ever had. Super patient and really understanding my needs over body adjustments. Highly recommend her!!
19:41 31 Aug 23
Sarah Park is the best kinesiologist I have ever experienced. Always impressed by her superlative job of providing best solutions and delivering the immaculate sessions. It's easy to feel that she is very knowledgeable, passionate and caring. Having an amazing experience with Sarah has led me to switch from other clinic that I have been taking physio to take physio sessions at Evergreen.
01:34 28 Jun 23
My mom and I saw Dr. Teddy Kim for back and neck pain. His assessment and treatment was very thorough and we felt much better. He even taught us exercises to do at home. Highly recommended

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