What is an Osteopath?

Osteopaths are government registered, allied health professionals who have extensive knowledge of the neuro-musculoskeletal system, functional anatomy, and biomechanics (how each part of the body interacts and affects every other parts of the body).

Osteopathy is a type of physical therapy which promotes a holistic or ‘whole person’ approach to health that incorporates both manual (hands-on) and movement (exercise) approaches to pain and dysfunction. For example, if you see an osteopath for a sore knee, we may also take a look at your ankle, hips and back. We’ll also ask about your medical history, as well as any other factors that might influence your pain and injury.

As a patient, you might consult an osteopath for musculoskeletal, neurological disorders and related pain issues – whether acute (new) or chronic (long term) issues. We focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Other health professionals may refer you to an osteopath for treatment and if needed, we will refer you to other allied health professionals. However, you do not need to have a referral to see an osteopath.

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Common conditions patients will see an osteopath for:

  • back and neck pain
  • sciatica
  • headaches
  • joint pain
  • work-related and repetitive strain injuries
  • sports-related injuries

Osteopaths diagnose and treat injury using non-invasive, manual techniques. Some of these ‘hands on’ techniques are soft tissue manipulation, massage, stretching muscles, orthopaedic and neurological testing and joint adjustments.

Our hands-on work however is usually given in combination with individually tailored lifestyle, exercise and dietary advice. This will reflect all the ways you can positively influence your own condition.

Hands-on Osteopathic treatment aims to improve joint mobility, relieve muscle tension and encourage healing. This sort of treatment can also positively impact the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems to improve body function and overall health.

Osteopathy can help treat arthritis, back pain, headaches, digestive issues, and postural problems. If you’re wondering if Osteopathy might be able to help you, click the button below to book an appointment or call us on 8370 3044 to find out more.

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