Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.
Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in the body. Osteopathic treatment vary from person to person and uses the body’s natural movement patterns as part of a holistic treatment to ease pain, improve movement, wellbeing and optimise the self-healing process of the body.
In Australia, osteopaths are university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who are trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopaths assess the mobility of problem areas, ask you questions and make a diagnosis to work out the best treatment plan for each patient.
What is Osteopathic treatment?
In a typical treatment the Osteopath will begin with a brief interview of the patient. The interview lets the patient communicate the concerns for their health and the symptoms they are experiencing. This is followed by a Osteopathic evaluation and treatment.
The Osteopath will examine your physical structure using their knowledge of anatomy, bio-mechanics and physiology. The goal of any Osteopathic treatment is to improve mobility within and integrate the various anatomical systems. The Osteopath has many techniques to achieve this goal and the technique the practitioner uses depends on the problem that presents itself.
The Osteopath will use their knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and precise palpation to evaluate and treat the primary causes of dysfunction and to determine a specific treatment plan.
What are the benefits of Osteopathy?
Addresses Chronic pain
If you suffer from chronic pain, your osteopath will use a thorough evaluation in order to understand the primary causes of chronicity (compensation from apparently resolved previous injuries, surgeries, repetitive strain etc.).
If you are recovering from a trauma or recent injury then osteopathy can stimulate
your body’s self-healing, limiting the injury from leaving a lasting effect and providing resilience for the possibility of injury in the future.
We work with other osteopaths to maintain optimum health
The osteopaths aim is to work in conjunction with your other health practitioners (GP, dentist, naturopath etc.) as well as with your physical exercise trainers (exercise physiologist, Pilates instructor, yoga teacher etc.) in order to maintain a broad spectrum of health.
Our patients are using osteopathy for:
Patients also report experiencing improvement from osteopathy with the following:
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the functional osteopathic treatment uses gentle techniques and therefore suitable for all ages.
You can wear anything, preferably clothing you are comfortable in. Some patients report feeling cold after the treatment so you might want to consider bringing an extra layer to put on after the treatment.