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What is an Osteopath?

Practitioner: Tim Morris


“It’s to do with bones, right?”.

This is a pretty common question that osteopaths get asked, and is usually followed with “so how is it different to physiotherapist or chiropractor?".

Osteopaths are Australian accredited allied healthcare professionals, who complete 5 years of study at University.

Osteopaths don’t only treat bones, we focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissue that support your body.

Osteopaths commonly help manage neck pain, back pain, joint pain, muscle strain, headaches, gym and sporting injuries and repetitive strain injuries.

While all three professions are manual healthcare practitioners, osteopathy differs in our philosophy towards health and well-being.

Osteopaths take a holistic approach when working with a patient. A typical appointment includes a thorough history, followed by an examination, to assess how other areas of the body may be affecting the main concern.

For example, if a patient was to present with shoulder pain, we would assess the shoulder, as well as the neck, back and elbow, to see if the complaint is coming from a structure in the shoulder or is a compensation from another area.

Osteopath’s believe that the body can heal itself when in optimal condition. We help encourage this through the use of techniques such as massage, joint articulation, manipulation (cracking), rehabilitation exercises and generalized health advice on nutrition and mental well-being.

Osteopaths tailor the approach to suit the needs of the patient, allowing us to treat people of all ages.

Osteopathic appointments are covered by private health insurance, NDIS, DVA and GP referrals for chronic pain.

To book your appointment or to find out more information, head online or contact our clinic.


Retrain Health is based in the Northern Rivers, NSW. From our Byron Bay and Ballina clinics, our team provides a range of quality healthcare services and products.

Retrain Health offers osteopathy, remedial massage and strength and conditioning sessions with qualified practitioners.

If you are interested in finding out more information or would like to book an appointment, please contact the clinic by phone (02) 6680 7447, send us an email or click here to book an appointment online.

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