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An Explanation of the Care Offered @ Ottawa Chiropractic & Osteopathy

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At OCO (Ottawa Chiropractic & Osteopathy) we use a unique approach to healthcare management that is a combination of techniques used by practitioners around the globe.

Our practitioners are able to address nervous system weaknesses that may be the real CAUSES of a wide range of complaints, to help you achieve superior and sustainable results.

Find out what the practitioners at OCO can do for you and your family.

What is it about?

OCO treatment methods are based on the neurophysiology principle that the brain governs optimum function of all body systems through its neurological circuitry.

It is constantly receiving information from every aspect of the body and, in turn, it sends back 'fine tuning' messages many times per second. This means that every cell, gland, organ, muscle, tendon, etc in the body is constantly monitored via these circuits to the brain.

Practitioners using a combination of techniques evaluate the body's nervous system function from a neurophysiological point of view. This makes their methods very accurate in determining the potential causes of weaknesses and health conditions.

Think of it this way…

From time to time circuits in the body become disconnected or weakened (similar to a fuse blowing in your car or home). Power is now reduced along that circuit and this will effect function.

This is brought about when certain stresses to the body exceed our individual tolerances. These stresses can be physical, pathological, neurological, or emotional.

When this happens the brain no longer has full communication with the area of function represented by that circuit. While the brain knows all about the symptom pattern that occurs as a result of stresses, it no longer 'knows' about the circuits that represent the underlying causes.

How are complaints addressed?

OCO practitioners uses a prioritized set of treatment protocols to evaluate the neurological circuitry and the facets of body function they represent. This system, in simple terms, could be thought of like a checklist that could be applied when servicing your car. These 'checks' evaluate possible causal dysfunction that may have translated into your symptoms.

OCO methods are unique. The practitioner is a facilitator in the feeding of data along the nerve pathways to and from the brain. To find out which nerve pathways are weakened a muscle test* is used.

A muscle test is a scientifically proven method of determining whether the brain is in 'full communication' with body function. The muscle test acts as a feedback indicator to determine functional confusion associated with any body systems.

*Muscle testing has been scientifically validated as an indicator of altered physiological function. D.A. Monti et al., 1999

The science behind OCO methods

In order for optimum function to be restored, the brain must acknowledge the circuit fault. To do this an OCO practitioner works with a number of things:

  • A defined area of neuroanatomy called the Post Central Gyrus. This area acts as the ‘receiving & dispatching’ centre of the brain. When touched sensations are mediated via neural pathways directly associated with the post central gyrus.
  • Mechanical and sensory stimulation is used in treatment to stimulate nerve pathways to the brain.
  • Mechanical and sensory stimulation is used in treatment to stimulate pulse points and meridian pathways that influence how your body functions.
  • LLLT (Low Level Light/Laser Therapy) is used to facilitate communication along nerve pathways that are activated in treatment.

What complaints may be helped?

With these methods your OCO practitioner may be able to address a spectrum of complaints:

  • Structural - spinal, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints.
  • Physical - immune, digestive, respiratory, heart, chronic pain.
  • Neurological - trauma, ADD/ADHD, learning challenges
  • Hormonal - depression, fertility, female health.
  • Emotional - anxiety, bipolar, PTSD.

Please note that this is not a complete list. There are many other areas that may be resolved with the help of OCO methods. For more information speak with your practitioner.

How are complaints viewed with OCO methods?

The way your complaint is viewed is quite different to other healthcare options. Most options are in some way or another only treating your symptoms and providing you with symptomatic relief. While relief is expected restoring proper function is the goal - if it functions properly it won’t hurt.

OCO methods address possible underlying causes to provide long-term and sustainable results.

Two examples are:

  1. Asthma is a label indicating inflammation and/or constriction of the airways causing respiratory difficulty. Rather than treat the inflammation and/or constriction itself - which are only symptoms - we seek to determine and address the issues that are causing the inflammation in the first place.
  2. Hip pain may be caused by a muscle weakness. Exercising that muscle is a futile activity if the nerve pathway to and from that muscle is not operating at 100%. We seek to determine and address the issues that are causing the weakness in the first place.

The same principles apply to a myriad of complaints.

Care is “tailor made” for you!

By evaluating YOUR nervous system that coordinates physiological function real causes can be addressed and superior results achieved — regardless of complaint. No two patients are the same. Each individual’s makeup is different and OCO methods address the specific needs and physiological tolerances of each individual. This is what makes a treatment at OCO unique.

Who is this for?

OCO treatments are suitable for the whole family!


At each visit the goal is to determine and address what nerve pathways are not functioning at 100%. The approach is very non-invasive, stress & pain free. This makes our treatment suitable for the very young through to the very aged, and those that are very sick or injured. Our methods are some of the safest methods of treatment available.

How often should I see my OCO practitioner?

Your OCO practitioner will recommend an initial plan of care for your specific complaint and needs. Once you have completed that, ongoing preventative care may be needed.

As we go through stress and busyness of life our nervous systems functioning potential can sometimes slip ‘below par.” Often was are not even aware that our body is not functioning at its optimum. However, it is at this time that you could become a candidate for a more serious problem!


Regular care ensures your nervous system is functioning at its best all the time, removing any potential threats to your system.

Maintenance check-ups are important

Red blood cells perform the most important duty of traveling through your body delivering oxygen and removing wastes. Your bones are continually producing new red blood cells. Aged red blood cells are removed by the liver, spleen, and bone marrow.

Your body is hard at work all the time!

Our experience has shown that the body struggles to keep itself at it’s optimum longer than around 90 days - the average life cycle of a red blood cell. It is to this quarterly cycle that we suggest having that 'maintenance’ check-up. This will take care of any small issues today - with a view to preventing larger issues in the future.

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