Osteopathy has captured my holistic view of patient care because it assesses all the systems of the body and brings them into balance. In doing this, there is less pain, less tightness and less dysfunction in all areas of the body. This also results in better sleep, more energy, less frequent pain flare ups and just overall better functioning of all systems in the body. The body is then able to operate at 100% capacity instead of, say 60% capacity, for example. Think about it, if a muscle is not receiving 100% of its nerve supply, how can it operate properly? There will be less strength, pain and possible dysfunction which may change your movement patterns, so as a result, that muscle becomes more prone to injury when in use.
Once the root problem is identified, we will start to correct the secondary, tertiary and any other compensating areas that got effected by the primary problem.
Very gentle, hands-on techniques are used to identify the core root of the problem, which is usually one, or a combination of, these three things:
(nerves, muscles, bones, ligaments)
Neuro-musculo-skeletal treatment is used for: joint pain (neck, back, hip, shoulder, foot, hand, etc.) tightness, weakness, numbness, tingling and decreased range of motion in any area of the body.
Visceral osteopathy is used for: IBS, acid reflux, constipation, restrictions in deep breathing, bladder problems, reproductive organ problems and digestive issues.
(bones of face and skull)
Cranial osteopathy is used for: headaches, sinus problems, migraines, tooth or face pain, jaw pain, past head traumas, dizziness, vertigo, throat problems, neck pain, and overall body tension.
After your treatment you should feel relaxed, grounded, and balanced. Once all areas of the body are working together as a unit, the body starts working more effectively and the patient will begin to notice many other additional benefits. Some other benefits of receiving Osteopathy Manual Treatment (OMT) are that it:
- Increases joint flexibility
- Improves posture
- Improves circulation
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Increases self-awareness
- Prevents injury
- Effective for chronic or acute pain relief
About Dr. Hogan
Andrea grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She has always been interested in health and wellness and was heavily involved in sports as a teenager. She swam competitively for 10 years with the St. John’s Legends Swim Club and she also competed in basketball, soccer, rugby, tennis, track and field and rowed in the Regatta every summer for 6 years. After graduating from Holy Heart Regional High School, Andrea attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education. She also swam with the Dalhousie varsity swim team for 2 years and the varsity rugby team for 2 years.
After completing university, she moved to Calgary where she worked in a clinic as a chiropractic assistant. This is where she caught the bug for chiropractic. Later that same year she moved to Davenport, Iowa where she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic. Andrea has worked in the chiropractic field in the USA, Brazil, Ireland and Canada. After practicing for a number of years as a chiropractor, she realized she wanted to be able to treat more than just the spine. And although she does not use chiropractic adjustment techniques in her practice, she brings all that critical knowledge and experience to help her see the full picture and identify the root cause of the problems presented by her patients.
Andrea found the perfect fit with Osteopathy. She then continued her studies and attained the Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) from the National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto, Ontario in 2018 and she’s been practicing ever since. The techniques used in osteopathy are very gentle and can be used on any injured or arthritic areas of the body.
Andrea feels that using an evidence-based approach towards healing is best, and she continues her education to provide the best most effective care to her patients.