What is Osteopathy?

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a hands-on system of health care that that recognises the important link between the structure of your body and how it functions.

Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health and wellbeing.

Osteopathy is holistic. An osteopath looks at other areas that are related to the injured area as they wish to find out how the body has compensated from an injury. Through gentle work on muscles, ligaments, soft tissues, nerves and sometimes visceral organs they aim to attend to  the cause of the problem rather than just relieve symptoms. Treatment helps recovery by addressing other areas of the body that are contributing to the problem.

Osteopathy has been found to be effective for back and neck pain, some forms of headaches, shoulder pain and other joint pain. In consultatOsteopaths also help patients manage their conditions through assisting with posture, better lifting techniques and body usage, as well as advice on suitable exercise  and lifestyle changes.

Questioning about the presenting complaint and medical history is taken as well as observation of movements, palpation, physical examination and special testing in order to form a diagnosis of the problem.

Depending on what is needed techniques such as soft tissue massage and inhibition, joint articulation, myofascial release, visceral and neural manipulation and gentle osteopathic cranial techniques may be used.

Osteopaths in Australia complete 5 years full time university education, with an emphasis on the science of the human body. This includes study of medical science subjects such as anatomy, physiology, radiology, neuroscience and clinical medicine.

Their training enables them to recognise serious conditions that require medical referral.

All major health funds recognise osteopathy and it is included under their “extras” cover. No referral is required. If you have a chronic condition you may be illegible for a Medicare rebate for up to five consultations per year. See your GP for more information.