Osteopaths are university trained in the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of musculo-skeletal disorders. Osteopathy is the oldest of the modern manual medicines with its origins dating back to 1874.
Osteopaths are university educated health care practitioners who undergo a minimum of 5 years study initially followed by compulsory continual professional development. Osteopaths are recognised by private health insurance funds and can be covered by medicare for a number of treatments if referred by your G.P.
Osteopaths use a wide variety of techniques to help with pain relief such as:
Soft tissue massage
Muscle energy technique
Home advice including ergonomic changes at work, the use of heat or exercise prescription
Why see an Osteopath?
Osteopaths work with patients of all ages and treat a wide range of conditions including:
Back pain and neck pain
Headaches and migraines
Arthritis and joint pain
Postural and mobility problems
Acute and chronic injuries
What can I expect from my Osteopathy session?
Initially you will be asked to fill out your personal details, and provide relevant information regarding your medical history. The Osteopath will then take a patient history, asking more detailed questions relating specifically to your problem – and any points of note such as accidents, trauma, etc. A thorough physical assessment is then done to form a working diagnosis for your condition.
Before treatment commences your osteopath will explain to you the working diagnosis of your condition and the style of treatment that is appropriate for your condition. Once you have talked about the benefits and potential risks of treatment your osteopath will use a combination of the techniques mentioned above. After your consultation you will generally be given exercises, advice and the opportunity to book in for a follow up appointment to help your condition.