What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health and well-being. Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structure of your body and the way it works. Osteopaths treat different injuries and sources of pain with a wide range of techniques using their hands. Osteopaths help the body back to a healthy state and in doing so help to treat:
- Headaches and migraines
- Low back pain
- Disc injuries
- Referred pain into legs and arms
- Pregnancy related pain, pre and post
- Sporting injuries
- Shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff problems & frozen shoulders
- Knee pain
- Sinus pain
Osteopathy benefits all age groups from children to the elderly.
What kind of treatment can I expect?
Osteopathy has a large range of treatment techniques, meaning there is always a technique to suit your requirements, unique to you.
Some of the common treatment techniques used are:
- Soft tissue massage to reduce muscular tension
- Articulation of a joint to help improve its range of motion and aid better blood supply to the joint
- Manipulation of a specific joint to aid that joints normal range of motion
- Visceral techniques to promote health of the body’s organs
- Inhibition and neuromuscular release to reduce muscular spasm, irritation and inflammation within tissues
Once your osteopath has taken a full case history they will talk through the most appropriate treatment methods with you. Depending on the reason for your visit you may also receive advice and education regarding your posture, ergonomics and suitable exercises to aid rehabilitation.
Is osteopathy the right thing for me?
Osteopaths treat different injuries and sources of pain with a wide range of techniques using their hands. The most appropriate treatment plan will be selected for you depending on the injury, your age and health, and the stage of recovery that you are at. Osteopaths are also trained to identify conditions that need further medical care. When necessary, they refer to other health professionals including general practitioners, radiologists and specialists. Osteopaths will often work together with other complementary therapists as well, to provide the optimal service for you.
Can I get ACC assistance?
Osteopaths are registered ACC treatment providers. You do not need your GP’s referral to receive ACC assistance; you can come directly to us. Osteopathic treatment is also covered by some private health insurers.