Osteopathy is a skilled and gentle hands on therapy for the diagnosis and treatment of pain, dysfunction and lack of mobility in the body. Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy. When considering an injury an osteopath will look for other areas impacted by the injury and aim to improve overall function to optimize recovery. Through gentle work on muscles, ligaments, soft tissues, nerves and sometimes visceral organs they aim to address the problem rather than just treat the symptoms.
Osteopaths work to bring the body to a state of balance and support our natural healing mechanisms. It was developed in the USA in the late 1800’s and in Australia an Osteopath undergoes 5 years of university training to qualify. Osteopathy is covered by the extras section of private health insurance. Chronic conditions may be partially reimbursed by Medicare with GP referral.
A variety of techniques such as massage, joint articulation, myofascial release, visceral and neural techniques and subtle osteopathic cranial techniques are used as required.
Osteopathy may benefit:
— Joint stiffness
— Sciatica and conditions of nerve referral
— Headaches and migraines
— Acute and chronic neck and back pain
— Shoulder, elbow, hip, knee wrist and ankle pain
— Arthritis and chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia
— Muscular skeletal pain associated with pregnancy
— Whiplash and physical trauma
In the first treatment a full medical history will be taken as well as physical assessment using observation of walking and other movement, palpation and specific tests.
An osteopath may also provide advice on diet, appropriate exercise, stress reduction, posture and breathing to assist the body to recover.
Matt Blackburn, Osteopath, B.App.Sc.M.Osteo.
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