Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework. This includes joints, muscles and the spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Being primary healthcare practitioners, osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. A broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints are utilised to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions.
Most commonly, patients consult an Osteopath for:
- Back Pain (including sciatica)
- Neck Pain
- Joint pain such as in shoulders, knees, ankles, and hands
- Tendinitis and muscle strains
- Work-related and repetitive strain injuries
- Sports-related injuries
- Pregnancy related pain
And Much More! Gentle non-manipulative techniques are used on infants, small children and adolescents.
Treatment & Technique
Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in the body.
Techniques ranging from stretching and massage of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) and mobilisation of specific joints and visceral structures are used to create and maintain optimal health.