What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy using hands on techniques to address the muscles, joints and other body systems. Osteopaths treat more than you think. We focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit.
Treatment can include stretching, soft tissue massage, joint manipulation and mobilisation. Osteopathy takes a whole body approach, meaning we look at the area of concern, as well as other parts of the body which may be contributing to your pain.
Osteopaths treat all ages, and may provide pain relief for low back pain, neck pain, pregnancy-related pain, headaches, jaw pain, arthritis, sports injuries, knee & foot pain and more (1).
Your osteopath can assist with injury rehabilitation, ergonomic desk set up and sleep advice. The simple strategies we teach can help you self-manage between appointments and reduce the frequency of pain episodes.
Osteopaths study at university for 5 years, with thorough training in anatomy, radiology, pharmacology, medical diagnosis and pathology, in addition to learning fundamental osteopathic treatment techniques.
An osteopath is a primary health practitioner, meaning a referral is not required for treatment.
We know when to refer back to your doctor, onto a specialist or for imaging.
We often work in conjunction with GPs, exercise physiologists, podiatrists, psychologists, personal trainers – really any health professional!
Osteopaths are one of 14 nationally registered health practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and osteopaths are registered providers for Medicare, DVA, TAC and workers compensation schemes.