Heather Barton, Montreal and Westmount osteopath
 
 
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.

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 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”.

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 and Zach Cupples’ Human Matrix. 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 moving well in our daily activities.

I love working with a wide-ranging clientele: from performance (athletes of all kinds, musicians, dancers and singers), patients post-trauma & surgery, with stress management, to seniors and caring for women before and after pregnancy.

I believe strongly in an interdisciplinary collaboration, so if you are an acupuncturist, physiotherapist, yoga instructor, dentist, doctor, coach or other 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.

 

Make an appointment

I work at two excellent multidisciplinary clinics: Clinique Spinal St-Joseph in the Mile End, and Atelier Palestra in Westmount-adjacent downtown Montreal.

I provide insurance receipts for either: osteopathy, D.O. or athletic therapy, CAT(C).

(tip: If you cannot find an appointment as soon as you would like, please add your name to the waiting list in the on-line booking system, and you will be notified of any earlier openings!)

  • Please note that we ask for 24 hours notice to change or cancel any appointment in order to avoid late cancellation fees *

 
 
 

Clinique Spinal St-Joseph

93, boulevard St-Joseph West

(corner St-Urbain street)

Montréal, Québec, H2T 2V5

(514) 271-1777

 
 

Atelier Palestra

1740, boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest

(corner St-Mathieu street)

Montréal, Québec, H3H 1R3

(the clinic is located on the P1 spa level of Le Nouvel Hotel & Spa)

(514) 962-5544

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, please note that the clinic accepts only cash, cheques or interactive transfer (not credit cards)

Any changes or cancellations to appointments made within less than 24 hrs will be charged the appointment fee

 
 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, 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 or the CTSQ.

 

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

 Other:

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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.