Questions About Osteopathy in Vancouver at Ananta

How does Osteopathy and Athletic Therapy differ from Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?

An Osteopathic practitioner not only works with the spine and joints but they also specialize in fascia, scars, the spinal cord and brain, viscera and organs, as well as fluids and fields. The holistic osteopathic approach is gentle and hands-on, and every treatment plan is tailored for each patient, focusing on the cause of the pain and imbalance. Therapists will take a thorough history and assessment to better understand the full context of the issue you are coming in for and, like Athletic therapists, only treat one patient at a time.

A Certified Athletic Therapist’s scope of practice includes the prevention, immediate care and the reconditioning of orthopaedic and/or musculoskeletal injuries. Rehabilitative techniques are used to treat injuries and conditions sustained during sport, recreational activities, accidents, or occupations. Athletic Therapy practices are based on the sports medicine model of rehabilitation. Academically, the study of neurological, respiratory, and/or cardiovascular rehabilitation are not covered.

Will my Extended Health Care plan reimburse me for Osteopathy or Athletic Therapy Sessions?

Most extended health care plans cover Osteopathy and/or Athletic Therapy treatments; however, it is carrier and policy specific. Ask your HR department or plan administrator for more information. If your claim is denied, there are forms from the Canadian Athletic Therapy Association that can be completed in order to request that your EHC add the service to your existing plan.

How else might I be able to be reimbursed for Osteopathy or Athletic Therapy Sessions?
  • Therapy sessions may also be claimed under an existing Corporate Healthcare Expense account, contact HR for more information.
  • If you are a student at UBC, SFU or Langara College you may be partially reimbursed for your Athletic Therapy Treatment.
  • Therapy sessions may also be claimed as a medical expense on your income tax if you are self employed, contact your accountant for specific details
What do I need to bring with me to the session?

Please dress appropriately for the appointment in comfortable, loose clothing would be ideal, and depending on your rehabilitation program you may be required to bring runners.

Please also bring with you any referral letters and x-ray/scans that you may have.

How long is a session?

Standard sessions are 45 – 60 minutes in length.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to see you?

No, you don’t, but often your Physician or Sports Medicine Doctor will recommend that you undergo therapy and/or rehabilitation. The only time a doctor’s referral would be necessary would be if your insurance plan requires that you have a doctor’s referral to receive reimbursement.

How often will I need a session?

Frequency of sessions can vary, and ranges anywhere from twice a week to monthly. Often, at the beginning of our work together, weekly sessions are appropriate and then as your symptoms lessen, we may find that decreasing frequency is appropriate. We will be in communication about this as your treatment progresses, and adjust session frequency in a way that feels right for you.

How much does it cost?

Costs per session range from $95 – $120 depending on the therapist.