What is an Osteopath? Osteopaths are allied health professionals that offer patient-centred approaches to healthcare and functional improvement. We recognise the vital link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation and connective tissue function as a unit. We then integrate this into a biopsychosocial model of patient management.
In Australia, osteopaths are government regulated practitioners who complete minimum of 5 years accredited university training. On top of this they are required to complete annual professional development to enhance their skills. Osteopaths are able to consult with private patients, under private health funds, as part of CDM care plans or as part of third party payer schemes such as WorkSafe, TAC and the DVA.
What to expect?
Consulting with me you can expect certain clinical processes to be followed before treatment is given. These clinical processes include a thorough health history, examination, discussion of a proposed treatment plan, provision of advice and information on the risks and benefits of any proposed treatment, and confirmation of willingness to proceed.
Your treatment plan in many cases will include manual therapy. Manual therapy involves skilled hands-on treatment provided by an osteopath. Manual therapy can support tissue reparation, movement and recovery.
I have also completed extensive course work in the management of chronic pain and am well versed in educating and explaining this complex multifaceted area. Consults last for at least 3o minutes, this allows time to cover complex areas in detail.
Other interventions which may be carried out include dry needling/trigger point therapy as well as advice on physical activity, ergonomics, positioning, posture and movement.
I may also prescribe physical exercises so that you can become empowered in self management. I utilise an online app-based program so all exercises can be watched at home. This enables higher compliance rates, better self-management and less confusion on how to complete exercises.
When to see an Osteopath?
A patient can consult an osteopath for musculoskeletal and related pain issues – whether acute or chronic. Common reasons to see an Osteopath include for neck and low back pain, headaches, physical strains, sports injuries, movement issues and chronic pain.
For more information please contact me.