Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy that harnesses the body's own self-healing and self-regulating mechanisms to promote health. By adjusting body tissue to remove structural blockages, we allow the blood, lymphatic, and nerve flow to effectively move through the body. This encourages healing, reduces pain, increases motion, and improves quality of life.
Osteopathic manual practitioners assess the whole body to find the areas where structures may be misaligned and treat these areas. We look for the root cause of any issues, which might not always be in the area that is presenting with pain or dysfunction. Treatment is helpful for both acute and chronic conditions.
What to expect
Please dress in comfortable clothing that will allow easy movement, as clothing will remain on during treatment. Your initial appointment will be 30 minutes, in which we will go over your health history, and I will provide a gentle full body assessment and treatment. This gives me an opportunity to see how your body responds to treatment. Follow up appointments will be approximately 20 minutes, depending on what your body needs that day. Many people begin experiencing changes after one treatment, but this can be very individual, and depends on a number of factors including length of time the issue has been present, overall health, activity level, and several other things.
Osteopathy is covered by many extended health benefits plans. A receipt will be provided for you to submit.
Osteopathy appointments are available at the VINE on Tuesdays 10 am -4 pm, Wednesdays 2-6 pm & Thursdays 12pm -6 pm
Crystal Bauman, BSc, MSc(OT), M.OMSc.
I have always had an interest in health care and helping others. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences in 2005 at the University of Waterloo, and then immediately began my Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Western University. I worked as an occupational therapist for 10 years in various settings. This allowed me to help people improve their function in their activities of daily living, which was wonderful, but I realized I wanted to help people change their heath in a more preventative and holistic way. After some soul searching, I was introduced to osteopathy and thought it would be a great fit. During this time of discovery, I received treatments that gave me relief from some chronic and acute pain issues and then immediately signed up at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. I completed my osteopathic education in 2021 and am a registered member of the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA) and Osteopathy Canada (OSTCAN). When not helping others improve their health and mobility, I enjoy coffee, hiking, yoga and exercise, relaxing with a good book, and taking in the beauty of the Niagara Region with my husband and 2 kids.