Heather Barton, osteopath Montreal
 
 
Heather Barton Montreal ostepath
 

As both an osteopath D.O. and a certified athletic therapist CAT(C) with over 15 years of clinical experience, my approach combines hands-on manual therapy with a home program of conditioning exercises, according to the unique needs of each person.

Always fascinated by the dynamic architecture of the human body, I love working with a varied clientele that includes athletes and performers of all kinds (both to prevent injury and improve performance, and in post-injury rehabilitation), patients post-trauma & surgery, with stress management, and with people from babies to seniors. Being a mother of two children myself, I have a special interest in helping pregnant women enjoy the best pregnancy possible.

Why do I love what I do? I left home as a teenager to study at an elite ballet school, then performed professionally for five years in the United States and Canada, always pushing the boundaries of physical movement and expression as much as I could. Now I enjoy helping others to maximize their full potential.

It is a huge honour working with individuals, helping them find new strength and mobility, watching them deepen their body-mind-spirit connection, and live each day with more joy.

"Whether we are a high-level athlete or singer, a new mom learning to navigate the extreme changes of pregnancy and delivery, or a senior wanting to live with more vitality in their later years, we are all performers living through the amazing clockwork that is our body." 

 

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Contact 

I work with the multidisciplinary team at the St-Joseph branch of the Spinal Mouvement clinics. 

 

CLINIQUE ST-JOSEPH
93 ST-JOSEPH OUEST
MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC, H2T 2V5

(514) 271-1777

 hbarton.osteopathie@gmail.com

 

 


 

(Please note that we ask for 24 hours notice to change or cancel any appointment, to avoid  late cancellation fees)

 

Rates

  • 60 minute appointment $95
  • children under 12 / professional dancers RDQ members $85

I am able to provide insurance receipts as both an osteopath, D.O. and as a certified athletic therapist, CAT(C).

Is it your first time visiting the clinic? 

  • Please wear light & comfortable clothing (eg. athletic shorts, light leggings, ideally a sports bra or tank top for women) to allow us to see and interact with the body well 
  • For payment, the clinic accepts only cash or cheques (no credit cards)
  • Any changes or cancellations to appointments made within less than 24 hrs will be charged the appointment fee
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for the first appointment to fill out the health questionnaire

 

 Heather Barton osteopathy for babies
 
 helping back and neck pain during pregnancy

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual therapy designed to allow the body's tissues to more freely function as they were designed to do, allowing the person to feel better and live better. The goal of an osteopath is to be an "engineer of the body", using knowledge of the intricate relationships between the different structures (nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels, bones and muscles) and systems (such as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and craniosacral systems) of the body to relieve the underlying causes of dysfunction. 

Osteopaths work with a wide variety of conditions such as pre- and postnatal care, neck, shoulder and back pain, digestive issues, asthma, stress management and post-surgical recovery, and with people from newborns through to athletes and senior citizens.

The program at the Collège d'Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal includes five years of study in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, palpation and manual therapy techniques followed by two years of post-graduate work to obtain a D.O., Diploma of Osteopathy. 

For more information, please visit the Ostéopathie Québec website.

What is Athletic Therapy?

A  BSc. Exercise Science, specialization in Athletic Therapy is a 4-year university program with a single goal in mind: maximizing the performance of the active individual. The scope includes the evaluation and treatment of sports injuries such as sprains and tendonitis, but also focuses on preventing injures with exercises to make the body stronger, more mobile and more efficient. 

Athletic therapy takes into account the unique needs of different populations, eg. the movement requirements of a ballet dancer are different from those of a professional chef or of a grandmother who still wants to play actively with her grandkids.

I've had the pleasure of working both on-field and backstage as the team therapist for groups ranging from hockey, rugby and basketball teams to a flamenco dance company. Although I work only in-clinic now, with a manual therapy focus, with each person I work with I ask, "How can we help this person to better perform in their own, unique life?"

For more information, please visit the Canadian Athletic Therapist's Association.

 

 

 

About me

 After hanging up my dance shoes, I studied biology and Exercise Science at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating in 2004 with a BSc., specialization in Athletic Therapy. Wanting to go more deeply into manual therapy and its effects on health and well-being, I completed the seven-year program at the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal, graduating in 2014 with the presentation of my post-graduate case study, “The Effects of Osteopathic Treatment on the Vocal Qualities of Two Professional Singers”.  I love both teaching and learning, and in 2016 I happily joined the staff of the Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques de Montréal as an assistant professor.

I believe strongly in a multidisciplinary approach to health care and enjoy collaborating with trainers, coaches, parents and health professionals of all kinds.

I am a regular volunteer osteopath at the Maison Bleue, working with at-risk mothers and babies.

Building community is close to my heart. In 2015 I founded the Mile End Science Club for kids, connecting scientists with curious young minds, and also co-founded MEM, a resource group for self-employed moms. 

I am a member of Ostéopathie Québec, the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association and La corporation des thérapeutes du sport du Québec.

When not in clinic, you'll find me hanging out with my lovely family, doing yoga, travelling and, recently, learning to ski and surf (or at least trying!).

Advanced Training 

An enthusiastic lifetime learner, I regularly take post-graduate courses. I recently began a series of courses with the Postural Restoration Institute and am integrating this fantastic neuromuscular patterning approach into my work. 

Favourite post-graduate seminars that I use daily in my practice include:

Osteopathic approach & manual therapy:

  • Osteopathic Functional Technique- Stephen Sandler, PhD, DO (UK)
  • The Central Chain- Philippe Druelle, DO
  • Osteopathic Care for Patients Having Undergone Serious Trauma - Dr. Theodore Jordan, DO (US)
  • Rendez-vous 2015: International Conference on Pediatric Osteopathy, Montreal, QC
  • Osteopathic Care of the Mother Following Delivery or Miscarriage - Philippe Druelle DO (Qc) & Geneviève Forget, DO (Qc)
  • Somato-Emotional Work - Bernard Daraillans, DO (FR)
  • Care of Acute, Geriatric and Polytraumatised Patients - Jean-Pierre Barral, DO (FR)
  • Palpation: Dialogue with the Silent Partner and the Inner Physician - Geneviève Forget, DO (Qc)
  • Tactile System Integration - the Masgutova Method of Neurosensorimotor Facilitation

Therapeutic exercises:

  • Myokinematic Restoration, An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Lumbo-Pelvic-Femoral Pathomechanics- Postural Restoration Institute
  • Postural Respiration, An Integrated Approach to Treatment of Patterned Thoraco-Abdominal Pathomechanics- Postural Restoration Institute
  • High Performance Reconditioning Level 1 - Scott Livingston BSc., CAT(C) and Jaime Sochasky BSc., CAT(C)
  • Les Exercises Pour La Période Prénatale & Postnatale - Emilie Fecteau, DO, BSc. kin
  • Courir Mieux atelier - Jean-François Harvey, DO BSc. kin

 

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Media

 

 

A blog article written by the dynamic singer and vocal coach Andréanne Alain describing her experiences during our work together and the positive effects on her voice.

 

 

 

An interview discussing pre- and postnatal osteopathic care with the lovely doulas Jenny Gold and Lee Springer from Two Doulas.

 
 

Workshops

 
 

Ostéo-Voix with vocal coach Andréanne Alain

A word from Andréanne: 

"Following my experience as a "guinea pig" for Heather's case study project on the singing voice, I wanted to discover more of the benefits that osteopathy can offer in perfecting our voice.

The results were remarkable in my case.

Here are some of them: more vocal amplitude (amplified resonance), more relaxed voice tone, more open, improved posture and better body awareness that allowed me better control over the use of my voice both in the studio and live.

These results inspired us to unite our passions and create this workshop for singers and actors, and for all performing arts professionals who use their voices during performances: circus arts, dancers, etc."

We started from the deep belief that "to liberate our movements is to release the voice". When we identify and release unnecessary tensions, we gain resonance improve our vocal qualities.

 

Objectives

  • Perfect and maximize the potential of your voice
  • Improve your vocal technique to promote better vocal endurance
  • Evaluate your movement and posture then learn personalized home exercises
  • Further develop your performance body awareness 
  • Deepen your knowledge of your instrument- YOU! (Brief theoretical anatomy presentation) 

Each participant will have the chance to present a spoken or singing excerpt and receive feedback from both specialists, to better understand their personal issues as well as the best exercises to express themselves vocally with greater ease.