What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.

Diagnosis and treatment is based on the philosophy that the body operates as a total functional unit with all the body systems, like your muscles, nerves and joints, working together to maintain normal function and health. By detecting imbalances within these systems we ensure we are treating the cause and not just the symptoms.

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. Our osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes (VWC) and motor accident insurers (TAC)

Osteopathy may help
  • neck and back pain
  • headaches
  • pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain
  • sciatica
  • sports injuries (such as tennis and golfers elbow, knee pain, rotator cuff injuries)
  • muscle, joint and arthritic pain
  • restricted mobility
  • poor posture
  • hand and foot complaints such as plantar fasciitis

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Some techniques your osteopath may use during treatment:
  • soft tissue massage
  • dry needling
  • rock tape/kinesiotaping
  • stretching
  • articulation and mobilisation of joints
  • gentle joint manipulation
  • exercise prescription
  • advice regarding healthy living behaviour
  • education about your injury

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