We treat people, not conditions. 

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Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching andmassage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.

 

Who benefits from osteopathic treatment?

You would seek osteopathic care for headaches, back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, strains, sprains, and other common musculoskeletal (muscle, bone, and tendon) issues. Conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, migraines, disc bulges, joint disease, and irritable bowel syndrome have all shown positive results to osteopathic treatment.

 

How does Osteopathy benefit my overall health?

  • Removes the underlying cause of pain.
  • Increases range of motions in the joints.
  • Treats problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries.
  • Decreases the stress on the joints.
  • Helps to adapt to hormonal and structural changes during pregnancy.
  • Reduces scars and adhesions.
  • Treats trauma resulting from accidents.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Improves circulation in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products.

Areas of practice and services

Osteopathy for Adults

Osteopaths treat more than you think. They focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit.

Expertise

  • Head and neck pain
  • Back Pain
  • Upper Limb
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Postures

Osteopathy for Sports and injuries

Whether you are an elite athlete or you run around the park once in a while for general fitness, or you are preparing for your first half-marathon, your Osteopath may help prevent and treat many sporting injuries.

Expertise

  • Neck and back strains
  • Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries - Help and pelvic pain
  • Knee, leg and ankle injuries.

Osteopathy in the workplace

In the office where desk work is more common, there are the dangers of 'computer hump' and 'mouse wrist', whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders causing headaches, etc.

Expertise

  • Postures
  • Back Pain
  • Upper Limb - Chronic Pain - Headaches

Osteopathy for pregnancy

We aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses. Whether you have just found out you are pregnant, are part way through your pregnancy or just had your baby, we will help you find that body balance to support you as a new mother.

Expertise

  • Heartburn, indigestion
  • Back and Pelvic pain
  • Upper Limb
  • Chronic Pain
  • Headaches

Osteopathy for children and babies

Osteopathic treatment can be invaluable for treating a wide range of health conditions, the gentler, non-manipulative techniques, known as cranial osteopathy are especially suitable for treating young children and newborn infants.

Expertise

  • Irritability
  • Feeding and digestive problems
  • Hyperactivity, growing pains
  • Headaches
  • Posture and gait

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial osteopathy is the name given to a subtle and refined approach to osteopathy that follows all the principles of osteopathy, and it is used throughout the body not just in the head.

Expertise

  • Head and neck pain - Back Pain

  • Upper Limb

  • Chronic Pain

  • Headaches

  • Face and jaw (TMJ) pain

What is Osteopathy?

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Osteopathy is a safe, gentle and effective approach using hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems, aiming to relieve pain, discomfort and immobility.

The osteopathic philosophy is to treat the person as a whole, not just the specific symptoms. By improving the function of the whole body, osteopathy helps to stimulate the body’s own self-healing / self-regulating processes, aiding a return to health.

Its emphasis is on the interrelationship of the body’s structure – such as muscles, bones, joints, nerves etc – and its function – such as breathing, circulation, digestion, metabolism etc. It is widely used throughout the world and recognised as one of the most highly effective complementary therapies with a vast and expanding base of scientifically validated research.

During a consultation the osteopath will take a thorough case history and carry out physical examinations including any necessary medical tests. These might include X-rays, scans, and blood tests. An osteopath may use orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assess and diagnose each patient, and if necessary, refer to other health care providers as required. They will observe your posture and ask you to perform some simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning and why you are experiencing your symptoms. Your past medical history, occupation, exercise regime, and any other factors which may be affecting your overall wellbeing, are also taken into consideration.

Our team consists of a remarkable group of dedicated practitioners all of whom have undertaken, and continue to undertake, extensive training in osteopathy.

Osteopathy and Pregnancy

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During pregnancy, the body undergoes a great amount of change and development. The postural changes and increase in weight are obvious, but the other changes may be more subtle, like hormonal and emotional. The combination of the above can put a fair amount of physical strain on the body.

We aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses. Our treatments achieve this by using safe and efficient techniques, while making sure the patient is comfortable at all times.

Even before pregnancy, our practitioners can evaluate your body, paying particular attention to the spine and pelvis, to ensure that there are no pre-existing or underlying restrictions, which may cause problems further into the pregnancy.

How does Osteopathy help during pregnancy?

  • Treats lower back pain, hip pain and sciatica.
  • Decreases the stress on the joints.
  • Help with breathing difficulties, digestive problems.
  • Aides in neck, shoulder or middle back pain.
  • Helps to adapt to hormonal and structural changes.
  • Reduces scars and adhesions.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Decreases fluid overflow.
  • Improves circulation in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products.

How does Osteopathy help after delivery?

  • Helps to facilitate the body’s recovery after the stress of birth.
  • Aides in preventing long term problems of the back, neck and pelvis.
  • Minimises spinal discomfort from feeding postures.

Postnatal osteopathic treament

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After your baby is born...

After delivery, postnatal check-ups help to facilitate the body’s recovery after the normal stresses of birth. Post-natal osteopathic treatment is especially beneficial if you have had a difficult / protracted labour, epidural or caesarean section.

Osteopathy can also assist with any postural changes and structural problems such as upper back or neck pain, which can be associated with feeding or carrying a growing infant. Such problems may in turn lead to breast congestion, blocked ducts or mastitis, all of which may respond well to osteopathic treatment.

The job of caring for a new baby can place enormous strain on the back. Things like breast feeding positions, lifting car capsules and prams, carrying your baby and reaching over the cot can put extra strain on your back.

A mother’s pelvis is vulnerable to lasting strains from the forces involved in giving birth, particularly if it was a difficult or lengthy delivery. An osteopathic check-up can help you to recover from the strains of birth as well as the early post-natal weeks. It can also help to prevent long term problems of the back, neck and pelvis. Unresolved childbirth stresses in the mother can contribute not only to ongoing back problems, but also to difficulties with menstruation, stress incontinence, and bowel problems such as constipation.

Breastfeeding can be a wonderful and rewarding experience for mum and baby, but the physical demands of feeding and poor feeding postures can lead to pain and discomfort. Osteopathic care can help your body cope with feeding postures to minimise spinal discomfort by usinggentle treatments which can help to keep circulation and drainage of the breast working to its optimum to help enhance breast health.

Overall, postnatal treatment can help with long term preventative care, allowing you to relax and enjoy your new baby.

Osteopathy for children and babies

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Cranial osteopathy (known as OCF, osteopathy in cranial field) can be invaluable for treating a wide range of health conditions, the gentler, nonmanipulative techniques, known as cranial osteopathy are especially suitable for treating young children and newborn infants.

Our practitioners focus on a whole-body approach to determine the cause of the problem, recognising the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. By using palpatory evaluation, diagnosis and a range of hands-on techniques, our osteopaths identify and treat dysfunction in your child’s body, positively affecting their nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

The birth process can be incredibly demanding on both mother and baby, creating stresses and strains throughout the baby’s head (cranium), spine and pelvis. These strains can irritate surrounding nerves and compromise blood supply, resulting in pain, headaches and digestive disturbance.

How does Osteopathy help for babies and children?

  • Aides in Irritability & difficulty settling.
  • Help in birth trauma and sleep disturbances.
  • Help with breathing difficulties, digestive problems.
  • Aides in neck, shoulder or middle back pain.
  • Helps in learning difficulties.
  • Reduces hyperactivity, growing pains.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Helps with nose, throat and ear infections.
  • Improves circulation in order for the body to get proper nutrients, and for the removal of waste products.