Hello! I’m Elaine, a New Zealand trained Osteopathic Practitioner. I am a West Kelowna local and am very excited to have moved back to the area and practice osteopathy after being in NZ for 7 years.
I have completed 5 years of full time osteopathic training, earning me a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Human Biology) and a Masters degree in Osteopathy at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to studying osteopathy I completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario in London, ON.
After completing my studies, I practiced as an Osteopathic Practitioner for two years in Auckland at an osteopathic clinic with an incredible team at Bodyworx Healthcare Ltd. During this time I have completed additional postgraduate training in Pediatrics, and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.
I enjoy working with a wide array of clients and believe in personalized treatments and advice for each client. I passionately believe that osteopathy provides a unique way of looking at chronic issues by treating the root of the problem, not simply the symptoms.
I have an interest in how other body systems can play a role in creating or maintaining musculoskeletal conditions. Including breathing mechanics and how dysfunctional breathing patterns can have a widespread effect on the body. I also have a special interest in women’s health, including pre and postnatal care, as well as babies and children.
I personally enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures, as well as, hiking, snowboarding and yoga. My yoga practice has allowed me to gain a better understanding of breathing, posture and how the body moves in a functional way.
I am currently practicing out of two clinics in Kelowna and one in West Kelowna. See below for each clinics contact details and websites.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which facilitates healing by focusing on how the whole body functions as a unit, including the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs. Osteopathic techniques are effective in treating both acute and chronic pain conditions and improving mobility, health and general wellbeing.
Osteopathic principles provide a way of treating the whole body, not only the area of pain, but also the underlying cause of the problem. Osteopathic practitioners seek the cause of pain and dysfunction by taking a comprehensive case history and physical assessment to look at the interaction of multiple systems in the body (digestive, neurological, cardiorespiratory, and musculoskeletal). Lifestyle factors are also discussed as potential contributors to the cause of pain, including: diet, exercise, stress, occupation, and sleeping issues. Osteopathic practitioners are trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and a wide range of hands-on techniques to provide a multi-system approach, which enables the primary cause(s) of dysfunction to be determined.
Treatment utilizes both direct and indirect manual techniques such as soft tissue mobilization (stretching, massage, trigger point), myofascial release, muscle energy, positional release, joint mobilization, visceral release, and cranial osteopathy. Techniques aim to address the cause of dysfunction and facilitate the body to integrate changes. A patient-centered approach is taken that emphasizes collaboration between patient and practitioner; treatment plans are discussed then individualized, and may include exercises, stretches, postural correction and other advice.