Osteopathy

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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine 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 dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which 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 the Medical Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.

Australian Osteopathic Association 2013

The history of this treatment in Australia

Osteopaths have practiced in Australia since 1908, however this practice has been used internationally since 1872. Today, it is necessary to undertake five years’ full-time study completing a double degree with National government registration before being afforded the title of Doctor.

What conditions can Osteopathy help?

Many people visit an Osteopath for back or neck pain. Osteopathic treatment can also help other musculo-skeletal problems, such as:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Carpel Tunnel syndrome
  • Some injuries from road and domestic accidents, i.e. whiplash
  • Sports injuries such as tennis elbow
  • Postural and mobility problems
  • Knee, ankle and foot problems
  • TMJ/Jaw problems
  • RSI/Overuse injuries
  • Neuralgia

Other musculoskeletal symptoms osteopathy can help can be associated with:Osteopath Sydney

  • Asthma
  • Back pain associated with pregnancy
  • Gynaecological problems

What referrals and compensation claims are available for osteopathy treatments?

Unlike other forms of treatment, you do not need a referral from a GP in order to see an Osteopath about general problems you may be experiencing. The majority of health funds will rebate a portion of your treatment fees however, under Medicare, osteopathy has limited cover. Many patients who are experiencing complex, chronic issues can be referred to osteopathic treatment by their GP.

With the appropriate paperwork, third party claims and worker’s compensation injuries are accepted. Most employers and companies will also accept sickness certificates issued by registered osteopaths.

What does this treatment involve?

Each osteopathic treatment at our Eastwood and North Sydney clinics begins with a physical examination and comprehensive overview of any issues or pain you have experienced. This testing includes understanding how your particular spine functions along with structural and neurological components.

Your osteopath will then make a diagnosis based on your personal history, including how long the issue has been effecting you, your age and other factors. There are an extensive range of techniques available in order to remedy your problems, from ultrasounds and stretching to laser technology, gentle spinal manipulation and mobilisation, muscle release and trigger point therapies.

Further recommendations or treatment advice may then be given to you, including home exercise programs, lifting procedures, postural recommendations, diet advice, stress management or a referral to another specialist who can help manage all of your health needs.

Foot Levellers Foot Scan

As a part of your consultation at Healthwise, our Osteopaths use Foot Levellers foot scanning machines. We perform a foot scan to show you how imbalances in the feet can lead to problems in the knees, hips, back and shoulders. The foot scan will show how Functional Orthotics may help. Following a foot scan, a report will provide you a Pronation/Stability Index, a Foot Assessment, and a Body Assessment.

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Book your appointment today

Call our Eastwood or North Sydney clinic’s today on (02) 8376 8738 and ask our friendly reception staff when the next available screening time is with one of our trusted Osteopaths!