What is an Osteopath?
The philosophy of Osteopathy is to treat the body as a whole and to acknowledge the relationships between the body’s structure and function and its inert ability to heal itself.
Osteopathy was first developed in America in the 1870′s by a medical doctor, Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, it has now developed to the point where it has become widely recognised throughout the world as one of the most scientifically validated & effective complementary therapies.
The main aim of Osteopathic treatment is to restore normal function to the whole body, so you can benefit from Osteopathic treatment for any ailment you may be experiencing. Treatment is not a ‘cure’ or a quick-fix. Treatment assists your body to achieve its optimum health so it will be better able to deal with the problems it is experiencing.
Because of its holistic approach, osteopathic treatment is suitable for people at all ages and stages of life, from the very young right through to the elderly too. Osteopathic treatment can also assist in preparing the body for surgery and in the rehabilitative stages after one is discharged from hospital.
What does an Osteopath do?
Osteopaths commence treatment by taking a comprehensive case history, accompanied by detailed physical examination incorporating postural and movement assessment, along with specific orthopaedic muscle and joint tests, as needed. Where necessary, osteopaths can order specialised imaging (eg xrays and MRIs) to assist in diagnosing your problem.
Your osteopath will also use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. Osteopathic treatment is tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient’s needs. Osteopathic techniques may include soft tissue massage, gentle joint manipulation and articulation, stretching and ligament balancing techniques. All techniques aim to restore balance and function to the body allowing healing to occur quickly.
What can Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths can aid in the management of a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders. Some examples we commonly see include:
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Headaches / Migraines
- Postural problems
- Disc prolapses and associated pain
- Nerve related injuries
- Jaw pain
- Sports injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI), also known as Overuse Injury
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Knee pain
- Ankle, foot and heel pain
- Shoulder pain, including Frozen Shoulder
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Conditions arising in pregnancy and the postnatal period
Because osteopaths use manual (hands-on) techniques osteopathic treatment may be particularly helpful for people who are seeking an alternative to pain medication, eg during pregnancy or whilst breast-feeding.
When should I see an Osteopath?
The best time to see an Osteopath is when you first start to experience any type of pain or discomfort. Rather than leaving things for weeks or even months, it’s a good idea to get things looked at sooner. Sometimes those annoying niggles can evolve into injuries and from there into something more chronic. Once conditions become chronic, it can be a more lengthy process to restore normal functioning.
Our osteopaths are available most days of the week, including before and after work. Appointments can book out so please contact us early to ensure that we can see you at the most convenient time.
Our osteopathic fees are as follows:
- Initial Visit (approx 45 minutes): $112
- Return Visit (approx 30 minutes): $91
- Concession cards welcome – Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card
Health insurance rebates are available under the extras table for most major health funds. For your convenience, HiCAPS facilities are available at Mosaic Health, enabling you to claim your private health rebate on the spot with participating health funds. Osteopaths can also see clients funded via TAC and Workcover, MediCare and Veterans Affairs. For further information please see our FAQ page.
note: A 50% fee will be applied for cancellations where less than 24 hours notice is provided. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please contact us as soon as possible.