Cherise Jacques RMO - Registered Manual Osteopath at The Birch Tree in Ladner, BC

About Osteopathy

Hands on therapy that helps to improve organ function and range of motion

What is Manual Osteopathy

Manual Osteopathy is a hands on therapy that addresses the whole and not just the symptomatic areas.  Osteopathic Manual Practice (OMP) differs from the American style Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) in that a DO performs surgeries and prescribes medications.  Both however are similarly versed in Osteopathic manual techniques and evaluation. 


Simply put, the manual osteopathic approach helps bring the body back into homeostasis, to encourage better movement, function, alignment and fluid flow.  It aids the central nervous system and address stored emotional components of disease.  It is a scientifically proven system of modalities known to address chronic pain, improve range of motion and remedy lesions within the organs, soft tissue and entire musculoskeletal system.  

Knee injury being treated with Osteopathic mobilization techniques

Evidence based research

Our Osteopathic manual approach is geared to address injuries, structural and functional imbalances, concussions, chronic pain and much more. We know there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all cure, so we never use a one-size-fits-all approach to address your health needs.   We use various modalities in our Osteopathic approach including joint manipulation, muscle energy techniques, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, deep/soft tissue therapy, lymph drainage and various other techniques.  In combination, we can provide recovery support using therapeutic exercises and yoga.


Scientific evidence supports  Osteopathic methods such as MET (Muscle Energy technique) and MOB (Joint Mobilization) which are proven effective in gold standard testing.  Our goal is always to find the fastest and best way to help you achieve your goals.

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How Osteopathy can help

There are many different Osteopathic modalities.  For Instance Cranial Osteopathy allows access to the dura membrane through the boney handles of the skull.  A key element in the recovery from concussions and Brian injury.  Impact injuries such as those resulting from motor vehicle accidents will often include a cranial component.  Sensory disorders or anything relating to the central nervous system including PTSD is all within the realm of benefits from this practice.


Visceral manipulation deals with the components of the organs and if you imagine a whiplash injury from an MVA your organs can have a whiplash as well.  They can be shifted either superiorly or inferiorly by a concussive force or whipping motion.


Manual Osteopathy addresses the tendons and ligaments which surround the joints and are major players in challenges with range of motion and pain within a joint or an affected nerve.  Ease of motion is such an integral part of living a healthy, happy lifestyle.  Whether we come into this world as a newborn with imbalances or accumulate them into older age, we all can benefit from this therapy at any age, even if it is just to alleviate the stress of daily living.

About Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation can help improve the mobility and motility of the organs

Visceral Manipulation

The viscera are the organs of the body.  Many times we have a fall or injury and the soft tissue and bones are addressed in recovery.  The organs however often get overlooked and Visceral Manipulation allows us to evaluate the organ's inherent motion and encourage better mobility and motility.  You may have heard the expression of 'having a visceral reaction', we have always known the organs have a big influence on our emotional body so it is logical that encouraging the viscera may be of benefit to emotional well being.

About Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a branch of Cranial Osteopathy.  While Osteopathy includes many scientifically proven techniques like Joint Mobilization and Muscle Energy Techniques.  Craniosacral, also falls under its umbrella utilizing gentle techniques geared at listening to the body and allowing it to unwind.  Although it appears subtle, the impact is global and showcases the interconnectedness of the body.  This video as seen on Shaw TV, an  interview with Cherise gives us a brief look.

about Equine craniosacral therapy

For horse enthusiasts, as seen on Shaw TV, an interview with Cherise Jacques demonstrates the effectiveness of performing Craniosacral therapy on horses.  For more information on equine CST care please visit www.equiviva.com