Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare that focuses on the interconnection of the body’s structure and function to promote overall well-being. Founded on the principle that the body has a natural ability to self-heal and self-regulate, osteopathy emphasizes the importance of not only the musculoskeletal system, but the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, and other systems in maintaining health.

At Hayer Health, our team believes that the structure of the body influences its function, and vice versa. By employing manual techniques, such as joint and visceral manipulations, cranio-sacral technique, and myofascial release, osteopathic practitioners aim to restore balance and alleviate restrictions in the body’s tissues. This hands-on, patient-centered approach considers the body as a unified system. Rather than addressing only symptoms, this approach aims to find the underlying causes of dysfunction.

Osteopathy is often sought for a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal issues, digestive disorders, and respiratory problems. The overarching goal is to support the body’s natural healing processes and enhance overall health by ensuring that the body’s framework is functioning optimally.

Osteopathy aligns with the idea that the body is an integrated unit, and through manual interventions, practitioners strive to facilitate a harmonious relationship between structure and function, fostering wellness from within.

 

Common Conditions Treated

• Low back pain
• Neck and back pain
• Sciatica
• Joint sprains
• Tendonitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Tennis elbow

• Frozen shoulder
• Whiplash
• Concussions
• Car Accidents
• Migraines
• Chronic fatigue
• Stress
• Anxiety

• Post-operative pain or adhesions
• Cramps, nausea, and intestinal pain
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Heartburn
• Bloating
• Constipation
• Respiratory problems (i.e. asthma)

Treatment Modalities

PHYSIOTHERAPY​

During an osteopathic session, different modalities are utilized depending on the session’s goals and your overall system condition, as determined during the initial evaluation. These techniques are applied in a customized manner, tailored to meet the specific needs of your body, rather than being performed upon request.

Joint manipulation
Different methods are employed to tackle joint dysfunctions, ranging from energetic impulses to gentle adjustments with low amplitude and low velocity.

Visceral manipulation
A gentle therapy that emphasizes the support and movement of organs, ensuring they function well with surrounding structures like bones, muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics.

Cranio-sacral therapy
Cranio-Sacral therapy uses gentle techniques to treat the cranio-sacral system, connecting the head to the spine and pelvis. These methods target tensions in the nervous system, promoting the proper regulation of all bodily systems.

Myofascial technique
Myofascial techniques involve manipulating soft tissues like fascia, ligaments, and muscles. This results in muscle relaxation, improved blood and fluid circulation, and increased range of motion at the local, regional, or global levels.

Muscle energy technique
MET is a hands-on therapy commonly used in Osteopathy. It involves using a muscle’s own energy through gentle contractions to relax and lengthen the muscle. This technique relies on the patient actively participating and is based on principles like Autogenic Inhibition and Reciprocal Inhibition.

Fluidic protocol
The fluidic protocol is a palpation skill used by practitioners to check the flow of fluids in the body. It helps identify if there are any issues with fluid circulation in specific areas, offering relief from problems like concussions and joint pain.

Exercise analysis and prescription
In osteopathic sessions, we discuss your physical activities and habits to check if any regular movements or exercises might be done incorrectly, contributing to the issues we’re addressing.

Christopher Lum DOMP

Chris is an Osteopathic Practitioner (DOMP) and Kinesiologist. Born and raised in Vancouver, Chris graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Kinesiology as well as a Diploma in Kinesiology from Langara.
Chris has taken a variety of courses in soft tissue release and kinetic link training. He integrates the SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Analysis) into his assessment and treatment approach. In the pursuit of higher learning, Chris completed his Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice from the Canadian School of Osteopathy (CSO) in 2022.

He enjoys promoting a healthy lifestyle and helping his patients improve their quality of life.

Chris’ experiences in a multidisciplinary clinic setting have led him to work with a wide array of clients and has influenced his belief in a systemic and holistic approach. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, hockey, and baseball.