Established over 140 years ago by an American doctor who made an in-depth study of the structural mechanics and physiology of the body, osteopathy is probably Australia’s fastest-growing form of health care. It is a completely natural therapy in which the osteopath uses manual techniques to restore optimum biomechanical function.
What osteopaths treat
People often see an osteopath for conditions of physical pain (back, neck, hips, shoulders, knees etc.), headaches, postural strains, some musculo-skeletal issues relating to rapid growth stages, and many other conditions that have a structural component.
Osteopathy is very flexible; offering rapid, corrective therapy (like releasing muscle tension and joint mobilisation) for those who are fairly robust – but also very subtle techniques (including cranial osteopathy) for those who prefer, and when treating babies and young children.
For more on what osteopaths treat, check the Osteopathy Australia website HERE, or phone us and arrange to talk to an osteopath.
A science, a philosophy, an art!
As a science osteopathy is based on a detailed understanding of the anatomy, physiology and biomechanics of the body. As a philosophy it recognises the fundamental role of the body’s structure in achieving and maintaining health through the interplay of all body systems. As an art it involves the use of manual therapy in which the osteopath skillfully uses the hands for diagnosis and treatment (alongside traditional diagnostics where required).
Osteopaths have post-graduate level training, government registration, and engage in ongoing education.
Osteopathy attracts rebates from most health funds.