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.