What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions and vice-versa. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit. This view allows osteopaths to provide holistic treatment. Osteopaths use gentle techniques to treat muscles that allow us to treat all types of musculoskeletal issues including sports injuries to all ages from children to adults and the elderly.
What osteopaths commonly see?
- Back pain
- Migraines and headaches
- Neck pain
- Jaw problems
- Shoulder pain
- Sports injuries
- Postural problems
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Ankle pain
- Pregnancy and Postnatal care
What type of treatment do osteopaths provide?
Osteopaths are trained to assess, treat and diagnose all of the skeleton, muscle, joints, ligaments, tendons, fascia, nerves, circulation and internal organs.
The techniques are:
- Soft tissue massage
- Joint mobilisation and articulation
- Muscle energy stretching techniques (MET)
- Counter strain > resetting muscles length
- Myofascial release
- Joint and spinal manipulation and adjustments
- Balance ligamentus tension techniques
- Kinesiotaping / Rocktaping
What is to be expected during your consultation?
A thorough history in conjunction with a physical assessment during each and every consultation is preformed to assess the nature of problem areas. This is to help your osteopath to make a diagnosis in order to work out the best treatment and management plan for you.
Osteopaths are qualified to prescribe exercises, stretches and advice on postural and workplace ergonomics to further aid in your recovery. This in turn allows you to become more involved in your health and recovery.
What qualifications do Osteopaths have?
Osteopaths in Australia are university trained with a bachelor and masters program of 5 years duration. Osteopaths are trained in anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, radiology, pathology, general medical diagnoses as well as osteopathic techniques. Our Osteopaths are registered under APHRA and Osteopathy Australia