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, primary healthcare 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 neuromusculoskeletal 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 neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
The most common conditions in which patients consult an osteopath include:
Back Pain (including sciatica, disc herniation, joint sprain)
Neck Pain (postural restriction, whiplash, torticolis)
Headaches (migraines, tension headaches
Joint pain such as in shoulders, knees, ankles, and hands
Tendinitis and muscle strains
Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
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.
Want to know more?
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