Neil Melanson, D.O.M.P.
Osteopathic Manual Practitioner
Neil has a big heart and he is dedicated to helping patients through their journey of healing. With close to twenty years of experience as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Massage Therapist, he has established an excellent reputation for clinical work. Neil’s compassionate approach is based on the knowledge that treating the whole person is essential to the healing process. He is a great resource for patients who want to find their way out of pain, regain a feeling of calmness and confidence in their body, and feel the joy of moving freely.
Neil graduated from the College d’Études Osteopathique (CEO) in Halifax, completing his Osteopathic Research Thesis on the Attitudes and Experiences of Self-Treatment Within the Osteopathic Community. He is a member in good standing with the OAO (Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners), which maintains the highest standards of training in Ontario. Neil is also a member in good standing at the CMTO (College of Massage Therapists of Ontario).
Growing up in Nova Scotia, Neil spent his childhood playing high level sports (including hockey, volleyball and badminton) and was driven to continue his interest in athletics by becoming a Physical Education Teacher. While studying at McGill University, he learned of the benefits of Manual Therapy when rehabilitating a sports injury. He changed career paths and began his professional practice as a Registered Massage Therapist in 2000.
Neil enjoys working with a diverse patient population, from maturing young adults to retirees who want to maintain peak health, and from desk-bound office workers to elite athletes. Osteopathic treatments not only give athletes an extra boost in their performance, they can also dissolve the accumulated daily stress of working in an office. Neil often treats patients who have musculoskeletal pain, neurological or circulatory impairments, sporting injuries, and post-surgical issues as well as people who want to maintain their good health. He loves figuring out ways to enhance the health of his patients.
Prior to moving to Ottawa in 2018, Neil was the owner of a Halifaxbased multidisciplinary health studio specializing in complex health issues. He was a faculty member at Northumberland College, teaching anatomy, physiology, and clinical skills, and he has taught Myofascial Release seminars in Canada and the U.S.A. The experience of “ah-ha!” moments in class is what keeps Neil inspired to be a lifelong learner through post-grad courses.
Neil adapts his treatment style to meet the needs and comforts of his patients, and looks for the cause of the symptoms in order to restore balance and wellbeing. Neil draws from a diverse skill set including myofascial release, visceral and cranial osteopathy, biomechanical and biodynamic approaches to help enhance his patients health and their ability to heal themselves.
When not at work, Neil spends time with his wife and three daughters, enjoys exploring the Ottawa region, and balances out his busy life walking his dog, Marvel.
“People don’t need to be saved or rescued. People need knowledge of their own power, and how to access it.” (Unknown).
Neil’s Hours: Monday to Friday 9am to 3:30pm