Osteopathic treatment aims to help improve mobility and strength and increase performance, enabling the body to operate as efficiently and pain free as possible.
While an Osteopath will use conventional medical assessments in their diagnosis, Osteopaths are unique in that they will focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit. Meaning a more rounded approach to treatment.
Treatment is built on a detailed understanding of anatomy and physiology, using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a range of hands-on techniques to manage problems affecting the muscular, skeletal and nervous systems.
Using techniques including soft tissue massage, mobilisation, stretching and joint manipulation, Osteopaths commonly treat spinal conditions such as neck pain and headache, back pain and sciatica but are also effective in treating sporting injuries such as sprains and strains and other joint problems such as arthritis.
Government and medical studies have consistently shown manual therapy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Osteopathy is not an alternative health option - Osteopaths are university trained government registered, allied health professionals.