Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that focuses on the overall health and well-being of the musculoskeletal system. It is based on the principle that the body has the ability to self-heal and self-regulate if the musculoskeletal system is in proper balance. Osteopaths use their hands to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, injuries, and dysfunctions.
Osteopathy was founded in the late 19th century by Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician. He believed that the body’s structure and function are interrelated and that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system can affect overall health. Osteopaths aim to restore and optimize the body’s natural balance and function by using a variety of techniques, including soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilization, stretching, and gentle manipulation of the spine.
Our Osteopaths also take into account other factors that can influence health, such as diet, exercise, and lifestyle. We may provide advice on posture, ergonomics, and exercises to promote healing and prevent future problems. Osteopathy is often used as a complementary therapy alongside conventional medical treatments and can be effective in managing a wide range of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint problems, and sports injuries.
It’s important to note that the practice of osteopathy may vary in different countries. In Australia Osteopaths are considered primary healthcare practitioners and have a scope of practice that includes diagnosing and treating medical conditions and we work in collaboration with other healthcare professionals.
Osteopathy is widely accepted and our services are covered by D.V.A., WorkCover, Third Party insurers and Medicare (under the Chronic Disease Management Program).