Osteopathy is a manual healthcare that approaches the structures in the body as a whole. We recognise the important link between how the muscles, bones, joints, nerves, organs, circulation and fascia work all together for optimal health and well being.
All osteopaths in Australia have undergone a 5 year university Masters degree with training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. We continue to learn with post graduate courses and professional development requirements.
We are registered primary healthcare practitioners which means that when you come to see us we are able to identify and recognise conditions that require medical referral. That is, we will make sure you are in the right place receiving the right form of care.
We use standard examination processes for the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems to identify the primary reason of pain and discomfort, getting to the core of the problem and deciphering an appropriate patient centred treatment plan.
The beauty of osteopathy is that we are based on a philosophy of medicine instead of treatment protocol. Our philosophy was developed long before recent medical enlightenments in functional medicine back in 1840 by our founder Dr A.T Still. We see the body as a whole functioning unit with its own healing and self regulation processes and understand that structure and function are interrelated.
We use a wide range of approaches to enhance function, from direct techniques such as massage, mobilisation, stretching and manipulation to more gentle and balancing techniques such osteopathy in the cranial field, balanced ligamentous tension and myofascial release. We then help you with exercise therapy and programming, at home management, education and lifestyle advice.
With such a tool bag of treatment options and a basis on philosophy, each osteopath will creatively apply our skills and knowledge differently. This also opens our ability to cater to what each unique patient best responds to.
Osteopathy fundamentally is an art form with a history reaching further back than chiropractic and physiotherapy. With a vision of putting the patient first and a depth of understanding that the human body with all its interrelating parts is more than it’s physical self.