Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy that was founded by American Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1870.
Osteopathy works on the principles that the body functions as a whole unit. This means that each and every part needs to work well together to maintain optimal health and function. It is when something becomes dysfunctional that the body tends to compensate, and symptoms such as pain or stiffness start to become apparent.
Osteopathy focuses on finding and improving the health rather than disease. During a treatment, we use our hands to diagnose and assess the cause of your complaint. We then rebalance the body by using a range of manual techniques to increase mobility, decrease pain and improve general health and well being.
Osteopaths must complete 5 years of full time study at University to become qualified. Throughout the course topics covered incude anatomy, physiology, pathology as well as osteopathic technique.
All of the Osteopaths at Melville Osteopathy are are nationally registered with the Australian Health Practioner Agency (AHPRA).
What do Osteopaths treat?
Due to our wide range of treatment approaches, we can assist in the treatment of many issues such as:
- back and neck pain
- sporting injuries and muscle strains
- general stiffness
- knee pain
- headaches or migraines and jaw pain
- sciatica and arthritic conditons
- shoulder and arm problems such as tennis elbow or RSI
- preventative health
At Melville Osteopathy we take a special interest in treating pregnancy related musculoskeletal complaints and have a specialized pregnancy cushion which allows women to lie on their stomach right until their due date! This cushion allows optimum comfort for mum to be as well as ensuring safety for both mother and baby.
Osteopaths can also help with advice on exercise, diet and posture.
How do Osteopaths treat?
At Melville Osteopathy, we tailor a treatment to suit every persons individual needs. This allows us to consult a wide range of patients from babies to athletes or professionals. We have a broad approach to Osteopathy among the staff at Melville Osteopathy. Our team may refer you to other trusted practitioners within our clinic if we believe that they may have a more suited Osteopathic approach for you at that particular time.
As Osteopaths we are trained to use our hands! Each treatment may differ, depending on what we believe you need during the treatment. All of our Osteopaths are highly skilled in a variety of approaches.
Some techniques may include, soft tissue massage and stretching techniques, muscle energy technique, the traditional joint manipulation, visceral techniques, and more gentle approach of cranio sacral osteopathy.
Our approach to health:
Often patients ask "Why are you treating my knee when i came in with back pain?" and this is because we look at the whole person and how they are functioning, not just the area where you are having symptoms. When there is a "dysfunction" in the body, we tend to compensate, often not knowing that there is an imbalance or problem. It is not until some time later when the body can no longer cope with this compensation pattern, that symptoms arise, and people often seek a treatment. This symptomatic area is often different to the true cause.
Osteopaths are highly trained allied health practitioners, who are able to recognise when a condition needs medical referral rather than hands on treatment with us. If needed, we can liase with your GP, or other health care practitioner to assist in managing your complaint in the most efficient and professional way possible.
Havent heard of an Osteopath? Thats ok! Currently the only place in Australia you can study the 5 year University course is Victoria University or RMIT in Melbourne Victoria, or at Southern Cross University in Lismore NSW. Therefore in Perth, Osteopaths are fewer in number, however rapidly growing! Nationally there are approximately 1600 osteopaths, in WA there are approximately 60, and we are one of the most rapidly growing health professions. If you would like more information on Osteopathy you can visit our national association (AOA) website: www.osteopathy.org.au
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