What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is used by people of all ages who suffer from pain, ranging from sports and work-related injuries to other musculo skeletal pain issues.
The osteopath’s role is to alleviate pain and may assist the patient’s function and mobility.
Visiting an osteopath, you will be treated from 3 basic principles:
- Your body is a whole and must be regarded and treated as such.
- Your body can, under the right conditions heal itself.
- Your body’s structure and function are mutually interdependent.
Osteopathy recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our body’s structure and function.
Osteopaths diagnose and treat problems within the body framework (musculo skeletal).
This way Osteopaths attempt to avoid performing traditional symptomatic therapy.
What good is it for example. to loosen up a joint, if the muscles and connective tissues around this part still struggle? By looking at the body as a whole and working their way into the root causes of the symptoms, Osteopaths increase the potential to achieve pain relief. This is may be seen after a short course of Osteopathic treatment.
Thus, the treatment itself is not finished before the Osteopathy so to speak, has made themselves redundant. Once the optimal balance in the body structure is restored, the Osteopath namely advises patients about the tools and opportunities to work on avoiding or minimising the return of the complaint- for example, we may suggest exercises that are required to maintain this optimal functioning or educate you to avoid certain situations or advise you on sitting, sleeping posture etc.
Your Osteopathic treatment involves manual techniques – aiming to ease pain, reduce swelling and improving mobility. Osteopathy treatment may involve manipulation, which can result in an audible ‘crack’ which is simply the sound of gas bubbles popping within the fluid of the joints. Other techniques we incorporate into treatment may be stretching and massage for the treatment of the soft tissues (muscles tendons, ligaments) along with other procedures which aim to release deep tissue tension around joints and related structures.
Osteopathy courses in Australia are currently a five year Masters degree. All registered Osteopaths are required to partake in a certain number of Continuing Professional Development hours per year ( study, seminars e.t.c.).
Key points to remember…
Osteopaths are health care professionals, and Osteopaths deal with pain every day.
Osteopaths may help you with both treatment and advice on self-help.
Osteopaths treat acute and chronic pain and Osteopathy may help prevent pain from recurring.
Our Osteopaths are all highly trained practioners complying with the Australian Osteopathic board of Australiaian standards.