What is Osteopathy? Osteopathy is performed by Osteopaths who are primary health care practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs work together as a whole functional unit.
Restrictions in joint movements, areas of tension and tightness in the muscles, and problems in the connective tissues under the skin are examined and evaluated. These are treated using a wide range of hands on techniques.
In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum 5 years of accredited university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths have training in standard medical examination of the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems and are able to assist you with referral to an appropriate medical practitioner if required.
Osteopaths make their choice of treatment depending upon the patient and the condition, and may give advice on posture, exercise, lifting procedures, nutrition etc.
What conditions can be treated by Osteopathy?
Each injury is unique so treatment using osteopathy will vary from person to person. Osteopaths assess the mobility of problem areas, ask you questions and make a diagnosis to work out the best treatment plan for each patient.
Osteopathy can treat more than you think. The focus is on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit.
We also give advice on ergonomics, exercise and ways in which you can self-manage your pain. As due to the repetitive nature of many injuries, it is as much about preventing them from re-occurring sometimes by fixing the cause.
Treatment with osteopathy is most commonly sought for musculo-skeletal problems such as:
- Repetitive muscle strains – such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & tennis/golfers elbow
- Sporting injuries
- Postural strain
- Sciatica, disc injury
- Arthritic/joint pain
- Shoulder pain/injuries
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