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 with correct advise/guidance,optimise healing in the tissues.
- 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 Osteopath 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, rehabilitation and /or lifestyle/ exercise modifications to continue to work with to assist in 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.
This exercise guidance/rehabilitation and lifestyle modifications are an integral component of your time spent with us and is often part of the pain management program. To provide your exercise prescription, we use our exercise prescription software. This way, you log in and have access to this every time you undertake your rehabilitation.
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 University trained Masters degree. They are then registered with AHPRA, the national health regulator. As part of our registration requirements, Osteopaths 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.
Our Osteopaths are all highly trained practitioners complying with the AHPRA regulatory standards.
What We Treat
People seek osteopathic treatment for:
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Musculoskeletal pain associated with Arthritis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Knee, hip and ankle pain
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
- Muscle strain pain
- Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain
- Tennis elbow
- Postural problems
- Assist in the management and rehabilitation of tendon issues
All our Osteopaths are registered with AHPRA, the Australian health practitioner regulation agency. Get to know the team at Chirn Park...
On your first visit with an osteopath, and before examination begins, the Osteopath will discuss and record your medical history in detail....
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