Osteopathy Treatments focus on the body as a whole with the goal of bringing it back into balance. The focus is to gently release the tension from muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, fascia and organs, providing freedom for proper communication between the nervous system, circulatory system and even the lymphatic system.

Every treatment is customized to each individual based on their needs. Osteopathy Treatments will alleviate your symptoms while also simultaneously treating their cause, getting to the root of your pain.

** During your treatment you will remain fully clothed so we ask that you wear loose clothing that is easy to move in (ladies please no dresses or skirts).


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


What is Osteopathy?

It is a drug-free, non-invasive and gentle manual therapy that focuses on improving health across all body systems, and not just the injured or affected areas via soft tissue manipulation.

As osteopathic manual practitioners, we believe that the freedom of the structure of the body determines its quality of function and that the body can self-heal and self-regulate efficiently when the nervous, circulatory and musculoskeletal systems are working at their optimal capacity in unison. This is the ultimate goal of an osteopathic treatment.

Every treatment is a whole-body assessment and treatment approach, where we look at every part of the body, to ensure that we understand how every piece of the puzzle is contributing to overall function and movement. Every treatment is tailored to the individual and is therefore unique, based on the body’s needs.

When should I see an Osteopath?

There is no wrong time to ever see an Osteopath. The gentle approach of an Osteopathic Treatment makes it very beneficial to those in acute pain who may not be able to tolerate other forms of therapy. Treatment at this time focuses on calming the nervous system, relieving any spasm, and increasing blood flow to the injured areas to promote healing.

If you are dealing with chronic pain or a persistent injury, Osteopathy may be a great new approach. Your practitioner can offer a fresh set of eyes (and hands) to your injury. Because Osteopathy focuses on the “Body As A Whole” and not just the site of injury, many chronic problems can be addressed by treating the root cause and not just the symptoms.

Osteopathy for General Wellness

Osteopathy is known to help with a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, injuries and general aches and pains. However, osteopathic treatment is also very effective at managing stress and anxiety related issues. This treatment option is tailored to gentle soft-tissue techniques. It will help reduce the activity of the “fight-or-flight” nervous system response, improving blood circulation and overall relaxation. This option is a perfect fit for individuals looking to reduce full-body tension, manage stress/anxiety and get the quality rest that they need. This is also a great option for those looking for a General Wellness ‘tune up’ to aid in prevention and overall health.


How long is an osteopathic treatment?

The initial appointment is 60min and follow-up appointments are 45mins or 30mins.

Does a 60min/45min/30min appointment mean I get 60min/45min/30min of hands-on treatment?

No. The time for an osteopathic appointment is for the practitioner to have enough time to process the full-body assessment and treatment application as well as post-treatment discussion if necessary. Sometimes the treatment protocol requires the entire session, and other times hands-on treatment may be shorter. It all depends on what the practitioner finds and what they need to work on. Every person is different, and so the time required for hands-on treatment may slightly differ.

What kinds of discomforts/pains/injuries can osteopathic treatment help with?

Any discomfort/pain/injury that is related to the musculoskeletal system can benefit from osteopathic treatment. Anything from headaches, to back pain, to lymphatic swelling, to sciatica and everything in between. Osteopathic treatment can be both progressive and preventative. In most cases, osteopathy can help people return to a level of normalcy, and other times, when damage is permanent and irreversible, osteopathic treatment can be used as a maintenance-based preventative care to preserve what health is left and to prevent the situation from worsening.

What do I wear to an appointment?

Osteopathic treatments are fully clothed treatments. Wear any comfortable and loose clothing (gym clothes, lounge clothes, etc) so that movement and range of motion is easily performed.

Is it safe to have a treatment while pregnant?

It depends. It is best to leave osteopathic treatment until AT LEAST the second trimester because the first trimester can be a very sensitive time for the mom and the baby as hormone balance can be very volatile in this period. Since osteopathic treatment promotes blood circulation much like other modalities, this can possibly change the hormone balance in the blood. 

Isn’t Osteopathy like Chiropractic?

No. Although the two modalities share similar philosophies in end goals, the path to which that end goal is achieved is completely different. Where Chiropractors focus on the bony tissue and the signature HVLA techniques (“cracking”), Osteopathic practitioners focus on the soft tissue. Hence, why osteopathic treatment is considered a gentle approach to treatment.

I already see a chiropractor/RMT/physio - how can osteopathy add to my care?

Osteopathy can offer a fresh set of eyes to a problem, especially one that has not been solved yet. Although every modality has its unique reason as to why it is successful, Osteopathy has a unique whole-body approach to every situation. Regardless of the problem at hand, Osteopathy always approaches the problem by treating the individual, rather than the disorder. Treat the individual, and the body will self-heal and self-regulate to take care of the problem.

How often should I come for an osteopathic appointment?

It all depends. At first, the treatment may be necessary every 2-3 weeks, but as there is progression in pain management and resolution for complaints, those treatments become less and less frequent and shorter in duration, where either you come back on an “as needed” basis, or monthly for maintenance-based care, just as you would with chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapists, in order to get ahead of any other issues that may be brewing from your everyday activities, before they get worse.

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

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!