Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. 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 focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue, and internal organs function as a entire unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify and treat musculo-skeletal dysfunction in your body.
Osteopathic treatment uses a wide range of techniques from stretching and massage to mobilisation of specific joints and visceral structures.
What conditions do Osteopaths help manage?
Osteopaths commonly treat a wide variety of musculo-skeletal conditions. The most common conditions which patients consult Osteopaths include:
• Back Pain (including sciatica)
• Neck Pain
• Joint pain such as in shoulders, knees, ankles, and hands
• Tendinitis and muscle strains
• Work-related and repetitive strain injuries
• Surfing injuries
• Sports-related injuries
• Pregnancy related pain
Osteopaths also have a wide variety of gentle non-manipulative techniques for use on infants, small children and adolescents and the elderly.