What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was developed in America in the 1870’s by Dr. A.T. Still. Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which looks at the biomechanical structure and function of the whole body and uses hands on treatment to facilitate the body's ability to heal itself after injury.
Osteopaths are highly skilled and 5 year university trained primary health care practitioners who look to address the cause and not just treat the symptoms. The cause is often distant from the site of the pain. Osteopaths can diagnose and comprehensively treat a number of tissues in the body that may contribute to pain; the joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments are some of these.
Osteopaths can also refer for X-rays and MRI scans.
Osteopathic treatment involves a large variety of hands on techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching, muscle energy technique (MET), joint mobilisation, manipulation and indirect (gently applied) techniques.
Patient-specific strengthening, stretching and ergonomic advice also complements these techniques to help provide optimal recovery and prevention of re-injury. This approach can provide long lasting improvements and relief of pain.
Osteopaths have completed a five-year full time university degree (Bachelor & Masters program), complete continuing professional development and hold professional indemnity insurance to maintain registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia (AHPRA).
Osteopathy may help with: