Osteopathy is a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions.
It works with the structure and function of the body and is based on the principal that the well-being of all individuals depends on the skeleton, muscles, connective tissues and nervous system. When these aspects are not in functioning in harmony, the result can be joint aches, pains, headaches, sports injury, nerve pain, stiffness and circulatory problems.
A detailed diagnostic assessment is conducted and a treatment plan is developed to address acute conditions, manage ongoing issues and provide a maintenance protocol. As well as treatment, osteopaths also offer education and information on how to manage symptoms and prevent further injury. This includes advice on diet, posture, ergonomics and stress management. Osteopathy treats:
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Tension Headaches
- Frozen Shoulder
- Joint Pain
- Disc Injuries
- Postural Difficulties
- Sporting Injuries
- Pain relating to Pregnancy
- RSI: repetitive strain injury
- Jaw Pain (TMJ Dysfunction).
In Australia, osteopaths are university trained 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 Chronic Disease Management (CDM) scheme. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.