Did you know that April 16–22 this year was Osteopathy Awareness Week? If you’ve made your way to this blog, then chances are you’re already aware of what Osteopathy is, however many people aren’t, with the practice being still relatively young – in Australia, at least.
Many people imagine that Osteopaths simply crack sore backs, but as you already know, they offer a lot more than this. The industry body, Osteopathy Australia, organises this annual campaign aimed at ‘encouraging the nation to investigate better ways to prevent and manage their pain’.
The campaign generated a fantastic response from the media, with extensive nationwide promotion through radio, online, print media and television, including our own Dr Shane Buntman, who was featured on Channel Ten News last month.
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
If you know somebody who might benefit from an Osteopathy consultation, here’s a great overview of how our industry body explains what Osteopaths actually do. This might be helpful if you’re having trouble putting it in to words.
- Osteopaths are government-registered primary healthcare and allied health professionals.
- They can identify important dysfunctions in your body and focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve health and well-being.
- They provide a diverse range of treatment techniques including stretching and soft tissue massage, exercise prescription and mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
- While it’s true that Osteopaths are great at treating back problems, other common conditions they treat include: neck pain, sports injuries, headaches and migraines, whiplash, postural problems, sciatica, knee and heel pain, shin splints, arthritis and occupational injuries.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT OSTEOPATHY
- Statistically, Osteopathy is the fastest growing health profession in the country.
- 60,000 Australian visit an Osteopath each week.
- You don’t need a referral to book an Osteopathy consultation, however Medicare rebates for Osteopaths are available for patients with chronic conditions and complex care needs on referral from their GP.
- Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and Osteopaths are also registered providers for Medicare, DVA patients, workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Is there a complaint you think an Osteopath might be able to help for you or a friend? Make an appointment today and get to know your Osteo.