What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine founded by American Physician Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874.
There are four general principles central to the practice of Osteopathic Medicine
- The body has an inherent capacity for self-regulation
Osteopathic treatment assists the body back to health
- Structure and Function are interrelated
Changes in the musculoskeletal system may influence or produce changes in other body systems
- The Body is a unit
The human body is an integrated organism in which no part functions independently
- Rational treatment approach
The body relies on the above three principles for total care of the patient
What is an Osteopath?
An Osteopath is a primary health care practitioner, having undertaken a five-year double degree in Osteopathic Medicine. All Osteopaths in Australia must be registered with AHPRA and comply with continuing professional development.
At Osteopathic Works we use a holistic, hands on approach suitable for all ages including infants and children, pregnant women, older people, manual workers, office workers and athletes.
Patients seek treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including back pain, postural concerns, sports injuries, discomfort and changes during pregnancy, and strains in a newborn baby.
Osteopaths use soft tissue techniques, gentle joint manipulation, stretching and dry needling. We aim to increase the mobility of joints, relieve muscle tension, enhance blood flow and effect the nerve supply to tissues.
Your first consultation will take 45-60 minutes during which your Osteopath will take a thorough medical history, followed by a physical examination. This examination involves palpation of soft tissues, assessment of joint range of motion, neurological and orthopaedic testing and referral for imaging if required. We assess all related body parts to your presenting complaint and follow with the appropriate treatment. We offer individualised advice on exercise, ergonomics, lifestyle and nutrition. Return consultations are 30 minutes.
At Osteopathic Works our practitioners will only ever see one patient at a time, dedicating 100% of their time to you.
Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your treatment time to complete your new patient forms. We ask that you wear loose fitting clothes to assist your Osteopath.