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.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years, including a Bachelor of Science degree at university studying anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths take a thorough medical history and clinical examination, assess the mobility of problem areas and make a diagnosis to work out the best treatment plan for each patient. Each injury is unique, so treatment will vary from person to person. Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, so your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching, massage, myofascial release, muscle energy techniques, craniosacral therapy and trigger point inhibition, for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints.
Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.
As osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners, they 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 SIRA 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. Most levels of private health cover give rebates for treatment and our clinic has hicaps available to claim on the spot so you only pay the gap
The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:
Osteopathy can also be of value in reducing the severity of musculoskeletal symptoms which can often be associated with conditions such as asthma, gynaecological dysfunction, digestive disorders and headaches.
Osteopathy is also excellent as a preventative treatment -don’t wait until you are in pain!
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