Heather Barton, Montreal and Westmount osteopath
 
 
Kids’ & parents’ functional movement bootcamp class

Kids’ & parents’ functional movement bootcamp class

 
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 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 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, 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.

 

Make an appointment

I work at two excellent multidisciplinary clinics:

Spinal St-Joseph (in Mile End) and Atelier Palestra (in Westmount-adjacent downtown Montreal)

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

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

(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!)

 
 
 

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

Workshops & Classes

 
 

Kids’ Bootcamp (parents welcome!)

Fun, functional movement. Small class sizes.

(please contact me for dates of the next session!)

“Since starting bootcamp, I sleep better and feel less anxious about school; I like feeling stronger.”

“Working out with my mom is way more fun than I’d imagined!”

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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."

 


 
 

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. 

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.

 
 
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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.