About OsteopathyOsteopathy is a form of manual therapy that recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way that it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, connective tissues, circulation and connective tissues function together as a holistic unit.
In Australia Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who have completed a minimum of 5 years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic diagnosis and techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and as such are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral.
Using skilled evaluation and diagnosis Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of your pain or injury. They will then work with you to develop an individualised course of action to manage your pain and help you return to your normal activities.
What to expectAt your first appointment we will take a thorough history of your presenting complaint, and your previous medical history.
She will then conduct an osteopathic examination, including any necessary orthopaedic, neurological or other tests. This examination will take into account not just the area of pain but also any other areas that may be contributing to or affected by your pain.
Alison will discuss your diagnosis with you, as well as a treatment plan which includes not just hands on manual therapy but also any exercises, stretches or ergonomic advice indicated by the examination.
Treatment will include a variety of techniques such as stretching, massage, mobilisation and manipulation.