Osteopathy is a unique system of diagnosis and treatment which lays its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. When the body is balanced and efficient, just like a well tuned engine, it will function with the minimum amount of wear and tear, leaving more energy for living.
An Osteopath uses many of the diagnostic procedures of conventional medical assessments and diagnosis. The main strength of osteopathic practice lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.
As part of the ‘whole person’ approach to health, Osteopaths may use appropriate exercise programs, diet and nutrition advice, as well as postural and lifestyle changes to maximise your recovery, treatment and management.
The Osteopathy Australia website describes the profession as follows:
“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.”
Osteopaths treat people of all ages for a range of issues from acute to chronic natures. From sporting injuries to headaches and stiffness from sitting at a desk, Osteopaths are able to assist.