Heather Barton, Montreal and Westmount osteopath
 
 

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 my background in movement and rehabilitation.

Classes & Workshops

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Kids’ Bootcamp (parents welcome!)

Fun, functional movement. Small class sizes.

 
 
 
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Functional Movement Bootcamp

Fun, functional training for adults. Small class sizes.




 

 About Me

After a career in professional dance, 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 mobility 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 Osteopathy on the Vocal Qualities of Two Professional Singers”.

Over the last two years, I’ve been exploring bringing movement into my practice, studying with great rehabilitation specialists such as the Postural Restoration Institute, Zach Cupples’ Human Matrix and Lucy Hendricks. Client feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: a few, carefully-chosen exercises are a powerful way to bridge the new mobility gained in clinic with also feeling stronger in our daily activities.

I love working with a wide-ranging clientele from performance (athletes of all levels, musicians, dancers and singers), from children to active seniors, both to prevent injury and improve performance as well as recovery after surgery or injury.

I believe strongly in an interdisciplinary collaboration, so if you are a coach, doctor, dentist, physiotherapist or other healthcare professional with a question about how our work could combine to greater benefit our clients, please get in touch!

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

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual therapy designed to improve mobility in the body, allowing the moving pieces to more freely function as they were designed to do.

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 musculoskeletal injuries and postural problems, 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. 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 or the CTSQ.