Questions frequently asked to our osteopaths
How much does an osteopathic appointment cost?
The cost of an in-clinic session fluctuates between $100 and $140. A session at home costs between $150 and $200.
Fees may vary depending on a number of factors: the day, the time and the location of the appointment (at the clinic, at home or at your place of work). For more information, please see our Rates page.
What methods of payment are accepted?
We accept cash, debit cards, cheques and Interac transfers.
Are osteopathic consultations reimbursed by insurance companies?
Osteopathy is considered to be private health care. It is not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). Complementary health insurance programmes reimburse part of the costs. At the end of each consultation, you will be issued with a receipt that you can send to your insurer.
We recommend that you contact your insurance company to find out the terms of your contract.
What happens during an osteopathy session?
Patients can keep their clothes on during sessions. If, for religious or personal reasons, you would prefer to be seen by either a man or a woman, please let us know when you book your appointment. Depending on availability, our therapists will do their utmost to accommodate your request.
The osteopathy session takes place in 4 stages:
- anamnesis, where the therapist will ask you questions and get to know you (medical history, emotional and physical trauma);
- the osteopathic examination, during which they will examine your body;
- the treatment, during which the practitioner will use different techniques to relieve your pain;
- the assessment and preventive advice.
To find out more, click here: how an osteopathic session works.
Does osteopathy hurt?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy whose aim is to restore balance to the body’s structures. The therapist does not work adversely on the body. On the contrary, they help it to regain its flexibility.
Osteopathy sessions are tailored to each patient’s medical history. They are not painful. However, you may feel a little sore the day after an appointment.
What should I bring to my appointment?
In order to ensure the best possible session, you can bring:
- any medical examination reports you may have, i.e. MRIs, SCANs, X-rays, written medical reports, etc;
- comfortable, lightweight clothing (e.g. leggings).
How long does an osteopathy session last?
An osteopathic session for an adult lasts 45 minutes. Sessions for babies and children also last 45 minutes.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
The number of sessions varies for each patient. The osteopath adapts the treatment according to the patient’s history and condition.
At what age can I begin to see an osteopath?
Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy recommended for all members of the family, whatever their age (newborn babies, children, teenagers, adults, the elderly).
It is possible to see an osteopath from a baby’s first month of life.
For further information: When should you see an osteopath?
What is a diploma in osteopathy? (D.O.)
All our osteopaths have completed a full course of classroom training recognised by the WHO. The D.O. is the official diploma for osteopaths.
Does an osteopath prescribe medication?
Osteopaths are not authorised to prescribe medication. Osteopathy is a gentle, manual therapy. It complements traditional medicine and does not replace it in any way.
Do I need a prescription from a doctor to consult an osteopath?
You can consult an osteopath without a doctor’s prescription. Our practitioners will refer you to a doctor if they feel this is necessary.