JOHN CICERONE - OSTEOPATHY and SPORTS INJURY -
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY ?

     Osteopathy is NOT a new rehabilitation.  Osteopathy is NOT 

similar to physiotherapy or chiropractic; it is it's OWN rehabilitation 

science

     Osteopathy was created back in the 1800's.  Osteopathy is rarely 

advertised due to the extensive clientele and waiting lists osteopath's

have.  It is a rehabilitation that truly helps find the cause of your problem 

rather than focussing on treating your symptoms.  The only downside of 

this, is that it does not expose osteopathy enough to the general public. 



    Osteopathy is a very gentle hands on approach in restoring motion 

and function back to the body.  This occurs not only to the muscles, 

bones and ligaments but also to the organs, fluids and nerves of the 

body.  

The osteopath looks at the whole body, rather than focussing on only 

where your symptoms of pain are.  Majority of time, the area of where 

a patients symptoms are, is usually not where the problem is.  

Osteopathy is designed to find the cause and treat the cause, so that 

your symptoms are gone.  This enables the patient to get back to their 

normal lifestyle prior to their aches and pains without the "maintenance" 

treatment program.

     For example, one of the more common conditions that John treats 

are digestive issues such as IBS/ Acid Reflux or Constipation. 

     Although the area of pain may be centred around the abdomen or 

stomach, John treats the above mentioned symptoms by assessing the 

musculo-skeletal system, mobilization of the liver and associated 

organs to increase their mobility and function.  This, along with manually 

treating the circulation and neural function of 

the abdomen and spine will improve the symptoms that are labelled

"IBS" / Constipation /  Bloating  or Acid Reflux".

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM OSTEOPATHY and WHAT 
CAN AN OSTEOPATH TREAT ?

     Osteopathy is a profession that treats ALL individuals ranging from

babies, athletes to the elderly.  Due to its gentle approach with precise

palpation and mobilizations, all different age groups benefit from 

osteopathy!!  

     The name Osteopathy is quite deceiving because when you hear the 

term, one would automatically think bone.  However, Osteopathy rarely 

focuses only on bone and leans more on how the body works together 

as a whole. For example,  Osteopaths are focussed on mobilizing the 

organs of your body through gentle techniques where so many times 

they have more of a direct influence on the muscles / bones and nerves 

of the body.  This is why so many traditional therapies do not work and 

put their patients on a "maintenance" program.   In Johns opinion, 

"maintenance" programs should not exist.  This is only a term used 

when the cause of a problem is never found.


Here are Some of the commonConditions that Osteopathy treats:

  • Lower Back Pain, Mid Back Pain 

  • Neck Pain and more common whiplash

  • TMJ dysfunction

  • Headaches

  • Sciatica / Spinal Disc Herniations

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Pinched Nerves of the spine

  • Vertigo and Ringing in the ears

Some of the unexpected conditions very successful with Osteopathy:

  • Constipation/ Diarrhea/ Chronic Bloating

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrom/ Chron's Disease

  • Acid Reflux

  • Asthma and related Heart Conditions

  • Sinusitis

  • Thyroid, Pituitary and Adrenal phsyiological and hormonal 

          connections; which quite often gets labeled as Fibromyalgia.

ARE OSTEOPATHY TREATMENTS PAINFUL? 

     Osteopathy is not painful at all.  Majority of patients are amazed at 

its gentle approach and the success they feel because of such subtle 

and gentle movements.  

 Please refer to some of the testimonials inserted from patients that have 

been treated by John.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FIRST VISIT

     Your first visit will consist of a thorough head to toe examination

while considering the primary problem that a patient may be coming in

for.  Osteopaths believe that pain and symptoms usually come from 

somewhere else in the body that is restricted.   For example, although

a patient is assessed for lower back pain, the osteopath will also ensure

proper mobility, position and functioning of one's neck, midback, 

shoulders and even associated organs.

     Expect to be at your assessment for approximately 1 to 11/2 hours.  

Usually loose clothing like active wear is best to allow for the osteopath

to mobilize the body.  Some treatment is combined with the assessment

and educational advice regarding exercises are given.

     Follow up treatments are dependent upon the severity of conditions.

However, osteopathy is so long lasting and effective, that treatments are 

followed up every two to three week intervals in John's clinic.  Patients 

are quite often impressed with the less frequency of appointments due 

to the success of how they are feeling.  

ARE EXERCISES GIVEN DURING OSTEOPATHY 
TREATMENTS ?

     Exercises and stretches are definitely given after osteopathy 

treatments.  At Osteopathy and Sports Injury, John's treatments are

usually one hour long and then takes the time to demonstrate the 

appropriate exercises and stretches to compliment what is being done

in the clinic.  Expect your appointment(s) over one hour.

     Please do not hesitate to contact John if there are any questions or 

detailed information you may want to know regarding how osteopathy 

may or may not help you at osteopathy@johncicerone.ca