Manual Osteopathic Services

Manual Osteopathy is a holistic approach of manual medicine based on philosophical principles introduced by the founder of osteopathy Dr. A.T. Still.

What is Manual Osteopathy?

Manual Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body's nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

These basic principles are:
 • Our body is a unique biological unit
 • The body has the inherent ability to defend, heal, correct & regulate itself
 • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated. Any structural changes affect function and vice versa

Another important concept of manual osteopathy is somatic dysfunction:
Somatic dysfunction is altered or impaired function of related components of the somatic system: skeletal with arthrovertebral, myofascial structures, and related vascular and neural elements.

It includes:
 • Tissue texture changes
 • Asymmetry of structure
 • Restriction of motion
 • Tenderness to palpation

The goal of an osteopathic manual treatment is to restore the normal functioning of the affected areas of the body with somatic dysfunctions by stimulating a more appropriate healing process and interrelations between different systems of the human body (musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory, pulmonary, digestive system etc). The patient is assessed and treated as a whole unique unit.

Benefits Of Manual Osteopathic Treatment

Manual osteopathy treats the entire body through manipulation of the body's musculoskeletal structure, including bones, spine, joints and musculature. It attempts to go beyond conventional medical treatment and to bring about a balanced, healthy state in all of the bodily systems. Many beneficial effects of manual osteopathic treatment have been observed, although medical doctors still debate the usefulness of manual osteopathy when coping with disease and serious medical conditions.

Manual Osteopathy is best known for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems such as:
 • Back & neck pain
 • Sciatica
 • Headaches
 • Joint pain
 • Muscle/ligament injuries
 • Work & repetitive strain injuries
 • Sports injuries
 • Trapped nerves

Igor Norets, Jessica Ruygrok and Sharmila Gupta

Our Mississauga based natural health clinic has three manual osteopathic practitioners, a male and two females offering morning, day, evening and weekend appointments. All of our manual osteopathic practitioners are lecturers at the Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy and are registered with the Ontario Federation of Osteopathic Professionals.

Igor Norets, D.O.M.P., Ph.D., R.Ac. is an osteopathic manual practitioner and has studied a variety of manual medicines world wide. Igor specializes in Manual Osteopathy, Craniosacral and Visceral Therapy, and treatment of a majority of health conditions utilizing a holistic approach. Igor is also a registered Acupuncturist and can combine acupuncture in the osteopathy session. For additional information please contact the practitioner at

Jessica Ruygrok, D.O.M.P., R.M.T. is an osteopathic manual practitioner who specializes in orthopedic injuries, fertility, pregnancy and pediatrics. Jessica has extensive experience in sports therapy and rehabilitation as well as working with amateur athletes. Jessica’s additional training and professional experience over the past ten years have unified her passions for working with pregnancy, children and injuries. During her treatments Jessica uses a combination of soft tissue manipulation along with gentle cranial and visceral techniques. Her holistic approach also includes nutritional, fitness, and lifestyle coaching. For additional information please contact the practitioner at

Sharmila Gupta, D.O.M.P., R.M.T., B.A. has a passion for helping others. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, Shar counseled underprivileged children in a hospital setting. Continuing her education, Shar became a Registered Massage Therapist and has been treating local patients for several years. She has concentrated her practice on treating workplace injuries, young athletes and helping those that suffer from Fibromyalgia. Now a recent graduate from Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy, Shar is looking forward to building her career as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. For additional information please contact the practitioner at

We also provide discounted appointments with Osteopathic students who are in their final year of studies at the Southern Ontario College of Osteopathy.

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