Athletes on a morning run aiming for injury recovery and prevention

In the realm of physical health and wellness, injury recovery and prevention are of paramount importance. Whether you’re an athlete striving for peak performance, a fitness enthusiast pursuing an active lifestyle, or an individual looking to maintain overall well-being, it’s essential to understand the role of osteopathy in recovery and prevention. Osteopathy is a holistic approach focusing on the interrelationship between the body’s structure, function, and overall well-being. Understanding that the body is a dynamic unit of function in that no parts of the bodywork in isolation, rather, all body systems work closely together to function optimally. Osteopathic treatment can aid in several ways in the recovery of a new or old injury as well as the prevention of new ones, allowing individuals to live their lives to the fullest and provide maintenance in overall wellness. 

Osteopathy emphasizes the body’s self-healing capabilities and the importance of balance of all systems throughout the entire body. Osteopathic treatment entails a hands-on, manual approach to treatment utilizing osteopathic principles, which involves gentle manipulations, stretches, and soft tissue techniques to restore balance, enhance circulation, and alleviate pain. Osteopathy works at ease with your body to allow for a more positive response in assessment and treatment and appeal to the nervous system. 

Injury Recovery

Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are constantly striving to understand the mechanism of injury; what and how it occurred as well as discover the root cause of the problem, considering factors such as biomechanics, posture/ alignment, and tissue health. Osteopathic treatment entails utilizing osteopathic principles, such as joint mobilization, releasing tensions, and soft tissue manipulation including working through the fascia, musculoskeletal and deep ligamentous articulation, and improving mobility throughout the body.  These techniques can improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and enhance the body’s natural healing response. By acknowledging and understanding the symptoms of the injury and how it occurred the osteopathic manual practitioner can work with your body to support a faster and more complete recovery. When the body’s structures are in proper working form through healthy mobility, fluid flow, and symmetrically aligned and balanced the body can function at its optimal best. 

Injury Prevention

Lack of mobility and lines of tension throughout the body can lead to imbalances, placing undue stress on muscles, joints, and ligaments, increasing the risk of injury. Osteopathic treatment emphasizes working on mobility and flexibility and promoting fluid flow and nerve connection through the pathways. By increasing the range of motion, the risk of injuries related to restricted movement is minimized, enabling individuals to move more freely and engage their muscles in an appropriate way to reduce injury. Mobility and flexibility will lead to better posture, reduce any tensions allowing to maintain proper alignment, distribute weight evenly, and reduce strain on vulnerable areas. When all parts of the body work in balance the roles of each body tissue such as but not limited to the role of muscles, fluid vessels, organs, and nervous system can function optimally. Osteopathic treatment is great to maintain overall health and well-being which is why it is best to not wait for a problem to arise to assist in prevention. 

Osteopathy offers a holistic and effective approach to injury recovery and prevention. By considering the body as an interconnected system and addressing the root causes of injuries, osteopathy promotes healing, reduces pain, and enhances overall well-being. Whether you’re recovering from an injury or seeking to prevent one, consulting one of our osteopathic treatments can provide invaluable support on your journey to optimal health. 

You may book your initial appointment below to explore the benefits of Osteopathy. Want to learn more and discuss before booking, you may book a free 15-minute consultation phone call with our Osteopathic Manual Practitioners.

Meet our Osteopathic Practitioners


Patrick Suwala

Patrick Suwala

Patrick Suwala graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo in 2015 and then committed to an additional four years of osteopathic education at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton and graduated with a Master in Practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences designation (M. OMSc.) from the school at the end of 2020.

Throughout his undergrad at the University of Waterloo, Patrick found his passion in learning the anatomy and physiology of the human body, and for four years he was a volunteer teaching assistant in the human cadaver labs on campus, teaching first year students and many external visitors, including graduate-level manual therapy students about the musculoskeletal structures of the human body.

Patrick quickly grew an appreciation for the art and science of the field of manual therapy through extracurriculars like swimming and playing waterpolo competitively, and decided that this was the right avenue for him to pursue.

Patrick also helps supervise student clinic and teach at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy in Hamilton.

Patrick belongs to the Ontario Osteopathic Association (OOA/OSTCAN) and is therefore recognized across all insurance providers in Ontario because of the association’s high standards.

Jenna Labranche

Jenna Labranche
Jenna earned her Master in Practice of Osteopathic Manipulative Sciences Diploma (M.OMSc) after completing a 4 year program at the Canadian Academy of Osteopathy. Prior to becoming an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Jenna completed her undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Science, Honours Kinesiology at The University of Waterloo, earning her R.Kin.
Jenna has a love for sports, fitness, and being outdoors. She has been involved in sports since a young age including being a Competitive Dancer and Rep Softball player. After ongoing injuries and pain with no relief she was then introduced to Osteopathy which changed everything. Her experiences led her into expanding her knowledge of the human body to become an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.

Serving the town of Milton since 2022, Jenna looks forward to bringing her skills to our team at Zen. Providing a holistic approach using the principles of Osteopathy, manipulation is applied gently to facilitate the body’s ability to self-heal and self-regulate. Through an individualized treatment and the understanding that the body is a dynamic unit of function, Jenna works with the interrelated systems of the body to bring health to the structures for optimal function. Investigating on the ‘why’ there is dysfunction and discover the root cause of the problem.

Combining her love and passion of the human body, being active, and helping others makes being an osteopathic manual practitioner both enjoyable and rewarding. Through extensive knowledge, empathy and understanding, her goal is to get you back to your daily activities and doing what you love!

Book a free 15 minute consultation to discuss your condition and how Osteopathy may be able to help