Osteopathy is a hands-on healthcare discipline with a unique way of thinking about the human body and health. Osteopathy as a profession was created by a doctor, A.T. Still, and it looks at the body as a whole, not just as separate parts and as such it gets to the cause of the problem. With the root cause of disease or dysfunction addressed appropriately the body is free to heal itself. In osteopathy everything is interconnected. If one system of part of the body must overwork it will put strain throughout the rest of the body, causing imbalance and dysfunction. Osteopathy is both preventative and curative.
Introducing Sabrina Atkinson, Osteopathic Practitioner
My love of the human body and how it works stems from 13 years working in the health and wellness industry. I completed my first massage therapy qualification over ten years ago and continued to learn more about the body, how it works, and how to help fix it as time went on. This led me to become an osteopathic practitioner, as well as a personal trainer and currently I am working towards a qualification in clinical nutrition. With this wealth of experience, I can tailor a treatment to suit the individual and their current health challenges.
I have always felt called towards using my hands to help people, and my love for the practice of osteopathy allows me to do just that. My choice to move to Castlegar in 2020 was to follow my passion for nature and the outdoors, and to hopefully make some new friends along the way!
After five years of study in London, England, I was awarded my Masters degree in Osteopathy that provides an advanced education in the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and human pathology. With this education I always undertake an in-depth initial patient consultation, allowing me to either recommend care that I can provide or when appropriate, refer to another healthcare professional. My approach serves to address not just the presenting symptoms but to discover the root cause of a person’s condition and deliver the best quality treatment for my patients time and time again.
I currently hold membership in the General Osteopathic Council in England and as such undergo continuous professional development to stay on top of current research in healthcare to always provide care with the best available evidence.
My treatments are a mixture of non-invasive hands-on treatment, exercise and self-care, depending on the issue you present with. I use a range of testing from hands on assessment and body movement analysis.
Why see an Osteopath?
There are many reasons why people come to see Osteopaths. Some people like the thorough consultation we do and our effective care. For others, it is because they want to avoid possible future problems. Other common reasons are listed but not limited to those below:
Acute/chronic musculoskeletal pain of the spine and all the various joints of the body.
Problems you were born with like scoliosis, spina-bifida, or problems you have had for years that just won’t go away.
Autonomic nervous system dysfunction related to anxiety, depression, PTSD, insomnia, headaches, mind fog, migraines, etc.
Psychological stress following traumatic emotional, psychological events and/or accidents.
Head pain such as headaches, migraines, problems chewing (TMJ), bruxism.
Hormones imbalance related to diabetes, thyroid, acne.
Breathing issues involving COPD, asthma, chest infections.
Neurological disorders where symptoms may include sciatica, shooting pain, pins and needles, tingling in the body or extremities.
Cardiovascular disease-related to venous congestion, edema, palpitations, tightness in the chest, etc.
Digestive/visceral disorders such as gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, hiatal hernia, colitis, gastritis, acid reflux, indigestion.
Gynecological conditions involving menstrual pain, cystitis, functional infertility, incontinence, etc.
Post-surgery issues such as scar tissue, strengthening, rehabilitation etc.
What to wear?
No denim or restrictive clothing, please. Sports clothes work great. Shorts and t-shirt are perfect, but we can work with as much clothing as you feel comfortable in.
What should I expect from an osteopathic treatment?
I begin with a thorough consultation, so as to make sure you are safe to treat and look at any connections in past/ other conditions you may be experiencing.
Then I will assess how you move where the pain is, before moving into treating you. Treatment can look like any number of things as I have many techniques and tools with which to work to help the body self regulate again, bringing you back towards health.
Does BC medical services plan cover Osteopathy?
BC MSP does not fund treatment by Osteopathic Practitioners at this time, however, many extended health plans do. A doctor’s referral is not needed to consult.
Insurance providers covering osteopathy: Blue Cross, Sunlife, Empire Life, Greenshield, RBC, SSQ, Dejardins, and others. Coverage depends on an individual’s plan