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.

(1) Research for Osteopathy
Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Jensen M, Globe G, Hicks M, Korporaal C. Manipulative therapy for shoulder pain and disorders: expansion of a systematic review. Published in Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Leininger B, Triano J. Effectiveness of manual therapies: the UK evidence report Published on PubMed
Chaibi A, Tucson PJ, Russell MB. Manual therapies for migraine: a systematic review Published in J Headache Pain. 2011;12(2):127-133.
Chou R, Huffman LH Nonpharmacologic Therapies for Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Review of the Evidence for an American Pain Society/American College of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline
Gross A, Langevin P, Burnie SJ, Bédard-Brochu M, Empey B, Dugas E, Faber-Dobrescu M, Andres C, Graham N, Goldsmith CH, Brønfort G, Hoving JL, LeBlanc F. Editorial Group: Cochrane Back and Neck Group Manipulation and mobilisation for neck pain contrasted against an inactive control or another active treatment Published Online: 23 SEP 2015 on Cohrane Library
Licciardone JC, Buchanan S, Hensel KL, King HH, Fulda KG, Stoll ST. Osteopathic manipulative treatment of back pain and related symptoms during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Published in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2010 Jan;202(1):43.e1-8.
Loudon JK, Reiman MP, Sylvain J. The efficacy of manual joint mobilisation/manipulation in treatment of lateral ankle sprains: a systematic review. Published in British Journal of Sports Medicine
NHRMC Evidence-based Management of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Brisbane: Australian Academic Press, 2003.
Orrock PJ, Myers SP Osteopathic intervention in chronic non-specific low back pain: a systematic review
Pennick V, Liddle SD.Interventions for preventing and treating pelvic and back pain in pregnancy Published in Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Aug 1;8:CD001139. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD001139.pub3.
Posadzki P, Ernst E. Spinal manipulations for tension-type headaches: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Published in Complement Thera Med. 2012 Aug;20(4):232-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2011.12.001. Epub 2011 Dec 29.
Schwerlaa F, Wirthwein P, Rutz M, Resch K. Osteopathic treatment of women with primary dysmenorrhoea. A randomized controlled trial Published in International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine
Vaughan B, Morrison T, Buttigieg D, Macfarlane C, Fryer G. Approach to low back pain – osteopathy Published in Australian Family Physician 2014, Vol43, No.4, April 2014 Pages 197-198