Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopaths use a holistic approach to manage and treat musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. A consultation may include musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, hands-on treatment, individualised exercise prescription and movement and postural advice. They will often provide you with advice and ongoing support with lifestyle, stress management and other factors which influence your pain.

Benefits of Osteopathy

Reduce pain

Osteopathy can help reduce pain through the use of hands-on techniques such as massage, joint mobilisations, manipulation, dry needling and more.

Holistic

Osteopaths focus on holistic assessment and treatment to address the cause of your pain. For example if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also assess your ankle, pelvis and back.

Improve function

Using a combination of hands-on therapy and exercise rehabilitation will help get you back on track to doing what you love. Whether that is completing daily tasks without pain or returning to your chosen sport, osteopathy can help you get there.

Individualised

Osteopaths will provide a thorough assessment to come up with an individualised treatment and management plan suited to your needs. This may include hands-on therapy and an individualised exercise program specific to you.

Health-fund friendly

Osteopathy services are covered by most private health funds. However it is always a good idea to check with your health fund that osteopathy is covered before your appointment.

Education

Osteopaths will focus on explaining and educating their patients about their pain or injury so that you leave with a clear management plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Osteopaths primarily manage and treat musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders. They may provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy, individualised exercise prescription and movement and postural advice. They may also offer other therapeutic treatments such as dry needling and myofascial cupping. They will often provide you with advice and ongoing support with lifestyle, stress management, diet and other factors which influence your pain.

A consultation with an osteopath will typically include:

  • A thorough case history including questions about the nature of your pain and how it is affecting you
  • Musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments
  • Hands-on treatment techniques may include:
    • Soft Tissue Massage Techniques
    • Articulation Techniques – gentle rhythmic joint movements
    • Muscle Energy Techniques – encouraging muscles to work against resistance
    • Spinal Manipulation Techniques
    • Dry Needling
    • Myofascial Cupping
  • Exercise prescription and advice to help rehabilitate and prevent injuries
  • Management strategies you can use at home to help ease your pain

Generally, osteopaths will have a stronger focus on hands-on techniques and physiotherapists will have a stronger focus on exercise rehabilitation. However, this will depend on the practitioner you see as there is some overlap between professions and the way they practice. Osteopaths will look at your body as a whole. For example when treating back pain an osteopath may assess your hips, knees and ankles to help find the source of the pain. They will also ask about lifestyle and environmental factors that may be influencing the way you experience pain.

No, in Australia you do not need a referral to see an allied health professional such as an osteopath, although it is often helpful for you to bring as much information about your health history as well as any specific medical or surgical details that relate to your reason for seeing an osteopath. There are a few exceptions to this, where you will need to obtain a referral from your GP prior to attending our clinic. This includes:

  • Workers compensation claims
  • CTP (Third Party) Road Accident Claims
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) claims
  • Medicare Claims (e.g. Chronic Disease Management referral)

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