Interview with Sandy Antunes, M.OMSc
Sandy’s patients range from infants to seniors, aspiring for a healthy and balanced life. She approaches her practice with great passion and drive, and welcomes the challenge of assisting her patients in working towards their health and wellness goals. Sandy has a lifelong commitment to learning and improving her knowledge and skills. She takes special interest in developing corporate health and wellness programs and, identifying and addressing the underlying cause of the patient’s condition.
With 20 years of hands on experience Sandy has evolved her professional career from Shiatsu therapy into Osteopathy in the last 10. As well as running her own successful practice, and serving as a highly respected Anatomy and Physiology teacher, she is now an international lecturer for the Institute of Classical Osteopathy.
To help us better understand her work, Sandy shares her thoughts on a few of the questions she is asked frequently:
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual (hands-on) treatment/therapy that can be used to support and treat a wide range of conditions. We take your symptoms into consideration, but our goal is to get to the root cause of your issue – which may or may not be where you are feeling your pain or discomfort.
Some conditions I commonly work with are headaches, sleep issues, digestive and respiratory concerns, joint pain, menstrual disorders, pre and post natal care and fertility. I also work with babies and children (colic, ear infections, etc.).
What can I expect on my first visit?
For the most effective session, it is best for me to have access to your skin – for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. Therefore, it’s best for you to come prepared – if you’re not comfortable in your underwear – then be sure to bring shorts and a sports bra – just make sure it doesn’t cover much of your back.
The only tools I use in the session are my hands (and my brain!) – there are no instruments, no lotions – I use my body and mind working together to diagnose and treat your condition.
It is important to note that you should not schedule any other manual treatments (massage, physiotherapy etc.) on the same day as your osteopathic session, as the work can be redundant, or potentially interfere with the treatment.
How often should I see you?
That depends on the issue being treated. With manual medicine – as with oral medicine – dosage and frequency need to be taken into consideration, depending on the patient’s needs.
With more acute conditions – for example, acute trauma or a systemic infection – it would be more beneficial to see the patient more frequently.
When treating chronic issues, a little more of a gap between adjustments is good, to give the body the time to adjust to the treatment.
The goal is to create the most effective treatment plan for the individual patient.