Listed below are the most common Ortho-Bionomy FAQs. If your question is not listed here, please contact us.

What is ortho-bionomy®?

Ortho-Bionomy is an extremely effective, gentle bodywork modality used for relief of pain and restriction associated with postural and structural imbalances, injuries and stress-related symptoms.

The practice of Ortho-Bionomy incorporates principles used in osteopathy, homoeopathy and judo. Its techniques stimulate long-lasting changes by re-educating the body to maintain balance and optimal function. Ortho-Bionomy does this with gentle movements, preferred positions and subtle joint compression to stimulate the body’s inherent self-corrective and self-balancing reflexes.

What happens during an ortho-bionomy session?

We place a strong focus on your comfort. You will be fully clothed and be resting on a massage table, but occasionally we may need to work with you seated or standing. We take a thorough history to identify the most appropriate techniques for you. We use gentle contact, movement, compression and positioning for the resolution of injury and conditions or symptoms, which you may be experiencing. We work together to monitor the releasing of tension patterns.

Often, we will incorporate some or all of the following techniques into a session: positional release, range-of-motion exploration, isometric and isotonic techniques, posture exercises, gentle rocking, subtle or minute movements, visceral or lymphatic work and energy movements away from the body.

A typical session lasts approximately one hour with initial consultations being 90 minutes. At the end of the session, we usually identify self-care exercises for you to do after and between sessions to continue the releases and to help remind your body of its new patterns.

Initially, two to four sessions are encouraged after which an ongoing program of self-care and/or individual sessions can be developed if required.

How many sessions will it take?

The number of sessions varies depending on how long your condition has been present, the seriousness or intensity of the symptoms, other related issues and how quickly your body responds.

It is usually recommended that you receive two to four sessions to assess how your body responds and to identify whether additional sessions could be beneficial or whether simply continuing with the self-care exercises would be adequate.

In general, the longer you have experienced a specific condition, the more sessions may be required to help resolve your condition. We are pleased to discuss your particular situation to determine what course of treatment will be appropriate for you.

How often should I have a session?

One session per week is usually sufficient. This allows the body enough time to integrate the neurological and physiological information from the session. During the initial stages of recovery, however, a significant amount of change can occur, and it is possible that additional sessions may help to integrate those changes more efficiently.

What conditions can ortho-bionomy assist?

Ortho-Bionomy does not use force or fix. The gentle nature of Ortho-Bionomy is beneficial for many different types of problems and conditions. Among the conditions that Ortho-Bionomy can assist in balancing are:


  • joint restrictions and dysfunction
  • muscle pain or injury, whiplash
  • repetitive strain injuries.

Chronic pain and conditions:

  • chronic neck and back pain
  • frozen shoulder
  • migraines
  • ongoing pain not alleviated or addressed by conventional treatments.

Structural imbalances:

  • joint discomfort
  • post-surgery rehabilitation
  • scoliosis and kyphosis (curvatures of the spine)
  • leg length discrepancies.

Stress-related symptoms:

  • general aches
  • pain or fatigue
  • disrupted sleep patterns
  • physical conditions associated with emotional imbalances such as depression, boundary issues or trauma.

Are there any conditions that cannot be assisted with ortho-bionomy?

Ortho-Bionomy does not set out to replace modern medicine. It honours the body’s innate wisdom, working with the body and not against it. Ortho-Bionomy is not used in place of urgent medical care that might be required for any conditions such as broken bones, life-threatening injuries or severe neurological traumas. However, it can often be used to complement such treatment.

When should I seek an ortho-bionomy session?

Ortho-Bionomy sessions can be started at any time as long as any urgent medical condition has been addressed. Having a session soon after an injury can help facilitate the healing and rehabilitation process.

Can ortho-bionomy help with long-term conditions?

Ortho-Bionomy is often effective with long-term conditions. Because we focus on structural re-education, the long-term holding and compensation patterns can shift to allow for greater functionality and structural efficiency. Home self-care exercises are especially important for working with long-term conditions.

I am currently receiving medical treatment and using other modalities of treatment. Will ortho-bionomy interfere with those types of treatments?

While Ortho-Bionomy is effective as a stand-alone modality, this work can also complement any other treatments that you may be receiving. It does not interfere with other modalities or protocols and does not force you to choose between traditional and adjunctive therapies.

In addition to gaining greater ease of movement and relief from pain and discomfort, you become more proficient at noticing your body messages. This enables you to monitor responses to the treatments you are receiving more readily and to participate in your healing processes.

I do not have any injuries or long-term problems. Can ortho-bionomy still be helpful for me?

Yes, in fact, regular Ortho-Bionomy sessions can help your body maintain its optimal ability to function and can deepen your capacity for relaxation. Ortho-Bionomy supports your structural alignment and orientation, and regular sessions can be an effective preventative measure against injury and stress.