Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of your body (skeleton, all joints, muscles, nerves) and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Each injury is unique so osteopathic treatment will vary from person to person.
Osteopaths assess the mobility of problem areas, ask you questions and make a diagnosis to work out the best treatment plan for each patient.
Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching, massage, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, craniosacral therapy, trigger point inhibition, for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints. In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers. You do not need generally need a GP referral to see an Osteopath unless you are claiming a CDM, Worker’s Compensation Claim or MVA.
The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:
Osteopathy can also be of value in reducing the severity of symptoms in conditions such as asthma, gynaecological dysfunction, digestive disorders and chronic fatigue.
Osteopathy is also excellent as a preventative treatment -don’t wait until you are in pain!
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