Osteopathic treatment is a manual and educative approach to pain management for musculoskeletal conditions, like joint sprains and arthritis. Osteopathic philosophy works on the premise that the body has self-healing and self-regulating abilities that enable it to maintain balance or homeostasis. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, restoring function and removing any mechanical imbalances (restrictions) preventing the body from healing itself. We focus on education and provide ongoing support in your health team with other health providers such as your GP and allied health. Osteopath services include evaluation, examination and diagnosis with hands-on treatment to help restore function and movement. Osteopathic treatment uses a variety of techniques like massage, stretching and lymphatic drainage to your soft tissues, muscles and ligaments, along with mobilisation or manipulation to the spinal and skeletal joints to ease tissues discomfort or restrictions. Coupled with individualised education and tailored rehabilitation / management working towards longer term changes in your pain outcomes.
WHO BENEFITS FROM OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT?
You could seek osteopathic care for headaches, back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain, strains, sprains, and other common musculoskeletal (muscle, bone, and tendon) issues. Osteopathic treatment may help with symptoms such as muscular tension often associated with arthritis, tendonitis, migraines, disc bulges and joint disease.
Osteopaths Treat Conditions like:
Joint pains including hip and knee pain from osteoarthritis as an adjunct to core OA treatments & exercise
General, acute & chronic backache, back pain
Uncomplicated mechanical neck pain
Headache arising from the neck (cervicogenic) / migraine prevention
Frozen shoulder/ shoulder and elbow pain/ tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) arising from associated musculoskeletal conditions of the back and neck.
Chronic Pain - Treatments range from rehabilitation and therapy through to pain management with education and lifestyle interventions.
Pelvic and Abdominal Pain - Gentle pressure to your lymphatic system and other soft tissues to increase your blood flow and ease cramping, gentle indirect techniques may coax your muscles to relax which may easing your pain and discomfort.
TMJ - Temporomandibular joint or jaw pain can be debilitating condition that needs an integrated approach. We can help with recommending a treatment plan including education and pain management.
Gait and Posture - Patients will have their body assessed and examined as part of a diagnostic process. Your gait and posture will be considered and objectively measured in relation to your condition or presenting complaint. An educative approach and referral for interventions
Sciatica - Sciatic nerve pain symptoms range from pins and needles sensation and leg weakness to shooting pains. Our osteopaths can provide Examinations, education, treatment and exercise interventions to help manage your condition.
Minor sports injuries and tensions
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.
DOES OSTEOPATHY BENEFIT MY OVERALL HEALTH?
Osteopathy may assist you by:
Identifying and treating the underlying causes of musculoskeletal pain.
Increases range of motions in the joints.
Treats problems resulting from poor posture or spinal disk injuries.
Decreases the stress on the joints.
Pain from the changes in pregnancy and birth.
Treats musculoskeletal injuries resulting from trauma.
Osteopathic treatments can positively impact the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems, to improve body function and overall health.
Some osteopathic techniques may enhance lymphatic health.
Osteopaths recognise that no one system of healthcare has all the answers, and the best results are achieved when practitioners work together with patients and their other healthcare providers, to provide better health outcomes.