Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect from my first visit?
In order for you to receive the optimal benefit from your initial visit it is recommended that you complete your paperwork ahead of time or arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. If you would like to complete it now, please click here to download and print the health history form.
Your first visit is predominantly dedicated to a very detailed assessment and evaluation of your health. As well, I will discuss with you and determine the goals of the treatment. Once there is a complete understanding of your condition, the remaining time will be spent initiating the treatment.
For your own comfort and privacy, it is recommended for men to wear shorts and for women to wear shorts and a sports bra during the treatment.
Please go to the contact page for information on how to schedule your treatment.
What are your prices?
Matvey’s treatments cost:
- 1 hour treatment: $160
- 45 minute treatment $120
- 30 min treatment $90
A receipt containing the description of the services provided will be issued for your insurance company.
It is highly recommended to schedule the first appointment for 1 hour. This will ensure that adequate time is spent assessing your health and initiating the treatment.
Please be advised that you will be charged full price for missed or cancelled appointment if you do not provide at least 24 hour’s advanced notice.
What is your cancellation policy?
Twenty-four (24) hours notice is required for appointment cancellation, otherwise
you will be responsible for the full fee. Any special financial arrangement must be discussed with Matvey.
How long does it take to see the results of my treatments?
Depending on the nature of the problem, people typically note significant improvements within 2 to 5 visits. In more severe cases, a more prolonged approach may be required. Once you have achieved the goals of your treatment plan, we will formulate the maintenance strategy in order to keep you healthy and prevent the problems from occurring in the future.
Where are you located?
Annex Osteopathy is located within Christie Integrated Health Centre
691 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor (Enter from Clinton St.)
Toronto, ON, M6G 1L3
If you are driving, there is free parking on Clinton St. and Manning Ave. South of Bloor St.
Currently, the treatments are by appointment only.
For more information or to schedule your appointment, please call: 416-550-0143 or e-mail: matvey@AnnexOsteopathy.com.
Can osteopathy effectively treat things like allergies, IBS and menstrual cramps?
While I cannot make claims that manual osteopathy can cure these conditions, my therapy has proven quite effective in helping alleviate some of the symptoms and relieving discomfort.
IBS is commonly a result of high stress in your life or impeded circulation or nerve control to the gut. The symptoms of allergy or menstrual cramps can be the result of a compression of blood vessels, lymphatics or nerves caused by soft tissue restrictions. All of these tensions can be effectively treated through various osteopathic manual techniques.
During your assessment, I will thoroughly assess your body and sources of pain and discomfort. If we find that certain restrictions are a potential cause, then your treatment plan will include all the appropriate techniques to address these in order to help with the discomfort of these conditions.
I also have a network of highly qualified health practitioners who can recommend a diet change or a natural medicine to help you with the condition. In this way, I employ a multidisciplinary approach to your treatment.
What are the common causes of frequent neck and back pain and how do you treat this condition?
Neck and back pain are usually a result of faulty posture or a tissue restriction that puts an undue stress on your spine. Poor body biomechanics, such as improper bending or slouched sitting at your desk, can predispose you to having a back pain attack.
Osteopathy usually brings significant relief within a first few treatments.
On your first visit, we will discuss your life habits and how you exercise.
I will conduct a very detailed assessment and thorough review of your previous health history. This will give me the ability to zoom in on the source of your pain. From there, I will combine a treatment plan using all the techniques I have mastered to bring you relief from back and neck pain.
How can osteopathic treatment help eliminate headaches?
Emotional stress, neck tension and poor circulation can be sources of headache discomfort.
Manual Osteopathy has been shown to be very helpful for relaxation and can bring relief from body tension that causes headaches. In particular cranial therapy is very effective in relieving congestion in the face and head area.
How can I ensure your treatments keep me relaxed and relieved – long after I leave your clinic?
At the end of each session, I will make suggestions that can help you stay relaxed and enjoy the healing effects between the treatments.
Simple breathing or postural exercises are very helpful.
Many patients have told me that one of the greatest benefits of my treatments is the sense of control that they gain. This is how they strengthen mindfulness of their emotional and physical state, keep a positive outlook and prevent stressful events from adversely affecting their life. It can work for you too.
What is a “holistic approach”?
A “holistic approach” means that no restriction of your body, however small, is overlooked. My technique takes into consideration that no body part functions separately. Your mental and emotional well-being, as well, can be the source of a problem that now manifests in a physical symptom. You are a whole being, so I examine the big picture, and not just the immediate area of discomfort.
For example, in my practice I have seen how:
- A bent toe can result in a headache
- An old forgotten ski accident can surface many years later in the form of back pain
- A scar from a minor surgery in childhood can be a source of discomfort later in life
During your assessment and treatment, I will address every tension in your body. I make sure that no detail is overlooked and every restriction is released.
How do osteopathic manual techniques make treatments so effective?
These techniques are very gentle and very effective. They have been refined over many years by a multitude of very skilled therapists.
Each one of them is very special in precisely addressing specific type body tensions. The appropriate combination of all of them in the foundation of my truly holistic approach to manual osteopathy.