Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that focuses on the function and movement of the body as a ‘whole’. Our goal is to identify the underlying cause of your pain, as well as to relieve the current symptoms, to allow you to move freely and without pain once again.
Osteopathy differs from other therapies in that it is not so much a treatment technique but more a philosophy that looks at the human being as a self regulating, self healing organism. A whole range of treatment techniques and approaches can then be drawn upon to stimulate the body to heal and balance itself. The osteopath does not focus so much on the area of pain but looks at the whole person to see why they are in pain and why the pain in manifesting in the way it is.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for a general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
In Australia, osteopaths are Masters degree university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) scheme, and the Enhanced Primary Care Program (EPC). Our osteopaths are registered providers for Workcover and Third Party motor accident insurers.
Osteopathy in Pregnancy
Although pregnancy is such an exciting time of life, and the human body is designed to handle this time with relative ease, our modern lifestyles of prolonged sitting, high stress and the demands of our work and home lives do put our bodies under great strain. Keeping in mind this is at a time that we are already under enormous mechanical and hormonal stress. Many of us are having babies later in life also, when previous mechanical stressors and strains already exist in our bodies – old back pain or knee injuries like to return with a vengeance as our weight and inactivity increases. As the relaxin hormone enters our system, which is natures way of getting our body ready for delivery, our structural support weakens just when we need it the most to help us to carry the ever increasing weight of a growing baby.
Our osteopaths can assist you to help your body through this challenging time, reducing pain and discomfort, as well as preparing your body for the upcoming challenge of delivery and the demands of a newborn.
Osteopathy and Sports Injuries
Whether you are a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, your osteopath can help prevent and treat many sporting injuries, including:
- neck and back strains
- shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries
- hip and pelvic injuries such as osteitis pubis
- knee, leg and ankle injuries.
Reduced joint or muscle flexibility will affect your performance and may result in injury. If you don’t realise that you can’t perform at your usual level. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate a return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This will minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.
Osteopathic treatment involves gentle and effective manual techniques, including soft tissue stretching, mobilisation, inhibition and manipulation. These techniques can assist in improving elasticity, strength, endurance, mobility and performance.
Osteopathy in Children
Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages. A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls, or simply the young body’s rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include posture problems, inflammatory conditions and sporting injuries. Gentle osteopathic treatment and exercise prescription may assist your child to improve their posture and recover from their injury.