What is osteopathy?
Osteopaths are university trained allied health practitioners who follow the biopsychosocial healthcare model. This means that each individuals biological, psychological and social aspects of health are considered and addressed. Osteopaths utilise a wide range of manual therapy techniques and health education strategies to promote health.
Osteopaths see the body as a whole unit and aim to assist the body to be dynamically balanced, and to function as efficiently as possible. As a manual medicine, osteopathy recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Treatment aims to work with the bodies own self healing mechanisms to restore health.
Osteopaths don’t just treat bones. They treat the whole body by considering how the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, fascia, viscera (internal organs) and the circulatory, neurological and endocrine systems function together.
Which conditions do osteopaths treat?
• Back pain & Neck pain
• Headaches & Migraines
• Pelvic pain
• Arthritis & Joint pain
• Muscle strains and tears
• Ligament sprains
• Tendon injuries and Bursitis
• Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
• Postural aches and pains
• Jaw pain
• Pregnancy related aches and pains
• Sports injury management
• Paediatric injuries
• Chronic pain management
Depending on the underlying causes, osteopathy can also ease the severity of symptoms of digestive complaints, respiratory dysfunctions and gynaecological conditions such as period pain. This is achieved by increasing articular mobility and improving circulation in the vascular and lymphatic systems.
What training is required to be an osteopath?
Osteopaths are university trained, government registered, allied health practitioners. Training requires five years of study across a broad range of sciences including anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical diagnostics, exercise rehabilitation, nutrition and psychology.
Osteopaths are trained in the diagnosis of general health conditions and are able to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They can also perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
What should I expect from a consultation?
Osteopaths utilise a broad range of manual techniques that includes joint articulation, massage, muscle energy technique, myofascial release, stretching, counterstain and cranial osteopathy.
In addition to manual therapy many osteopaths provide self management strategies such as exercise prescription and lifestyle advice.
On your first visit you can expect your osteopath to:
• Take a detailed record of your presenting complaint and your current health to date.
• Perform medical and osteopathic examinations as required to establish a diagnosis. Depending on the area of injury, this may require (with your permission) undressing to your underwear.
• Explanation of the diagnosis and proposed treatment and management strategies. In some instances this may include referral to other health practitioners.
• Manual therapy to address your complaint.
• Prescription of self management strategies to empower you to take control of your health
When possible osteopaths aim to fully resolve your injury and restore your health. In instances where this may not be possible, such as chronic conditions, osteopaths aim to provide you with the best self-management strategies for maximising your health and in so doing minimise the amount of osteopathic treatment required.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
No. You can make an appointment directly online at ariseosteopathy.com.au or by phone: 9774 5630
Can I claim the cost of treatment?
Yes, osteopathy is covered by most private health funds.
Clients with chronic conditions may also be able to claim through medicare if referred by their GP under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.
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