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Physio or Osteo, what’s the difference?

If you’ve ever had a problem such as a sore back, headache, sciatica or a painful knee it’s likely that you have looked for some kind of professional to help.  Physiotherapists and osteopaths are both allied health professionals whose aims are to relieve pain and help your body work better however the differences between them can be confusing.   This article takes a closer look at each profession to find

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of hands on treatment for the whole-body including joints, muscles, bones, and other tissues such as nerves, organs and blood vessels. The osteopathic approach is different in that it looks at the human body as a single unit. It not only focusses on the area of pain that a person comes in with but looks for where in the body the problem may actually started from.

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Osteopathy and Chronic Pain.

Pain has been described an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. The sensation of pain in not only determined by our physical make-up but also by our mental and emotional state and cultural background. Injury causes tissues to be damaged and the body repairs them. This can take a varied amount of time depending on the injury and the person’s ability to heal. Chronic pain may continue on without painful stimuli

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Conditions Commonly Treated by Osteopaths

Osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages from children to the very elderly.  Here are some conditions for which you may seek the help of an osteopath. Chronic hip and back pain and stiffness, disc injuries. Sciatica and conditions of nerve referral Headaches and migraines Chronic neck and and shoulder pain and whiplash. Tennis elbow, knee, wrist and ankle pain. Arthritis, osteo and inflammatory and chronic conditions such as

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Migraine headaches

Migraine headaches can be a very severe, debilitating and ongoing with different symptoms to other headaches and are mostly considered a neurological disorder. Many people often report that something brings on a migraine such as certain foods, bright lights or loud noise, weather changes, stress, hormonal changes and poor or disturbed sleep. Migraines are traditionally considered to be due to changes in blood flow within the head and neck. At

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Neck pain and stiffness

Necks can be can be uncomfortable and painful and are a common reason for seeking treatment. If you have a painful or restricted neck how often do you notice that other areas are also distressed such as your upper or lower back or hips for example? A long time ago as humans evolved to walk on two legs our cervical spines adapted to support our heads in the upright position. 

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Osteopathy for Seniors

If you’re over 60 its easy to blame everything on “getting older”. That’s what everyone seems to do including doctors. Aches and pains difficulty turning your head backing the car, sciatica, stiff back, sore knees and headaches. These are some problems of getting older and you may be told that nothing can be done about it. Osteopathy is a treatment modality that is ideal for seniors. Treatment for involves questioning

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