Osteopathy is a system of manual or hands-on therapy that encourages self-healing mechanisms in the body.
The aim of osteopaths is to create change in the body structure and so help it to function better.
Osteopaths treat people with problems presenting in the Musculo-skeletal system that are long term, (chronic) or acute.
Commonly used techniques include soft tissue techniques, articulation of joints, stretching, release of nerves and some gentle osteopathic cranial techniques. Osteopaths are trained to treat people of all ages including children, adults, seniors and the elderly.
Included in a consultation is advise on appropriate exercise, lifestyle, diet posture, lifting and walking to help with recovery.
Some things osteopaths look for:
- Difficulties or changes in walking
- Total range of motion in the spine, limbs and joints.
- Uncomfortable movement.
- Asymmetry in the body
In Australia Osteopaths have five years of training at university attaining a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters in Osteopathy. This includes study of medical science subjects such as anatomy, physiology, radiology, neuroscience and clinical medicine.
Private health insurance covers osteopathy in most cases providing immediate rebates. The insurance needs to have “Extras cover.”
People with chronic conditions may be eligible for Medicare rebates up to five per year. This involves seeing a GP and asking for an EPC referral to see an osteopath.