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Tiffanie Bruneau

Tiffanie Bruneau is owner and head therapist of Kinetically Whole Therapies.

She is an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Anyone who knows Tiffanie, knows a few things: first and foremost, her family is her drive and reason in pursuing her career. Family is her foundation that allows her to strive on many levels. She is a wife to a handy carpenter and the mother to a bright and beautiful little boy and soon to be little girl October/November 2020.
Tiffanie graduated from the University of Winnipeg with her Bachelors of Kinesiology and Applied Health in 2015 and received her Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice from the National Academy of Osteopathy in 2017. She has also been trained as a Level 1 CrossFit trainer since 2013 and Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism Coach since 2018, coaching at Norak CrossFit.
Tiffanie’s treatments are centred around physical movement and recovery from physical injury and trauma. Her assessment and treatment approach is unique, as she blends her various amounts of experience in both the fields of exercise and rehabilitation, together to create recovery protocols that speak to her clients in the individual ways that they need.
She is continually adding to her skill set through various forms of continuing education, and is currently enrolled at the College of Non-Musculoskeletal Osteopathy under the direction of Caroline Stone.
She is currently away on maternity leave, and hopes to return at some point in 2021. When she returns, she looks forward to continuing her journey as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner to serve the community she calls home.

Brieanne Bruneau, Registered Massage Therapist

Brieanne is a graduate from Evolve College of Massage Therapy located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has always had a keen interest in the human body, how it’s built and how it functions. It was a no brainer, after a year of University that she found she preferred courses that were about the human body. This is when she decided to pursue a career as a massage therapist. She has received training in Swedish massage, joint mobility, muscle energy techniques, myofascial and structural techniques, and additionally she has continuing education in myofascial cupping through the College of Acupuncture. 
Rollerblading, CrossFit, spending time with her nephew and soon to be niece and close friends are pastimes that she enjoys.
She is passionate about helping people through injury rehabilitation and working with those who are relentless in taking care of their health. With every client that comes into the clinic, she wants them to know she is on their team to find relief, comfort, and the next step to their overall well-being.

Kinetics

a branch of science that deals with the effects of forces upon the motions of material bodies or with changes in a physical or chemical system or the mechanism by which a physical or chemical change is effected.

Whole

physically sound and healthy, free of disease or deformity.

What is Osteopathic Manual Therapy?

Manual osteopathy is a form of holistic manual therapy based on the tenets of natural healing and focuses on the inter-relatedness of the human body. Osteopathic manual practitioners, extensively study the anatomy of all the body systems to understand their many connections. This knowledge is the manual osteopath’s guiding tool in treating dysfunctions, whether that be for acute or chronic conditions.

Osteopathic Philosphy 101

  • The body is a unit, therefore dysfunction anywhere in the body can be detrimental to you
  • Structure & function are connected
  • The body is a self-regulating, self-healing unit
  • The body is defensive & it was designed this way to optimize healing
  • The body is meant to adapt, therefore when this ability is disturbed, the integrity of the system disintegrates
  • Rational treatment is based on the above principles

Why Osteopathic Manual Therapy?

Manual osteopathy speaks of my personal rehabilitation philosophy. Why would our bodies want to destroy us, why would our bodies break down if we were meant to be thriving beings? Our bodies want to heal, they want to function, move, and live a full meaningful life. However, the body needs to maintain a level of stability to keep our systems moving effectively. When these systems are interrupted, alterations in function occur to try and keep the system moving. Just as a dam stops the flow of water, it can also re-direct the flow, I believe the body has the same response mechanisms.

The principles of osteopathic manual therapy follow exactly this, dysfunction can occur at any place in the body and this dysfunction can wreak havoc on the rest of the system as the body is entirely connected. When an osteopathic manual therapist can free this dysfunction we start to see the system re-align itself, with a little helping hand we see amazing results for a more fulfilling functional life.

I strongly believe in function following structure. Osteopathic manual therapists must look at the body uniquely and work with the tissues and structures to find ease and flow of movement. When we can tap into this area of the body we find acceptance, with this acceptance and some assistance the body will naturally recover to a state of well-being.

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Does Osteopathy Work?

Osteopathic manual therapists work with mobilizing all aspects of the body, that is bones, joints, tissues, fascia, fluids, viscera etc. As we believe that dysfunction can occur at any place in the body.
Osteopathic manual therapists will use their hands to assist in your recovery. The hands-on mobilization of these structures aims to release tight muscles, restrictions in joints to free nerves, blood vessels, lymph flow, and spinal fluid flow as well as blockages between organs. This freedom then allows the body to self-heal.
Depending on how your practitioner evaluates your condition, all treatments are methodologically unique.
You receive one on one time with your therapist. Allowing for a comprehensive understanding of why you are seeking treatment, and time to treat this reason.
Your osteopathic manual therapist is educated in asking about daily activities that may have perpetuated the onset of your condition and will help to create a plan of action for any warranted changes. Understanding proper ergonomics, a healthy diet, exercise plan etc. is part of understanding every person as a whole.

Osteopathic manual therapists have great working relationships with other healthcare providers and practitioners in the Winnipeg community. If there is speculation that treatment requires additional support, osteopathic manual therapists will refer to their partners in therapy, ie. physiotherapists, exercise professionals (ie. personal trainers, exercise consultants), nutritionists etc.

Manual osteopathy is a gentle non-invasive approach to healing the body. It can treat a variety of conditions including:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions (strains, sprains, chronic pain)
  • Back, neck, hip, shoulder etc. pain
  • Muscle tension headaches
  • Athletic injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Vertigo
  • Sinusitis, Allergies
  • Post-partum
  • Menstrual discomfort/pain
  • etc.