Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it unctions.
Dr. Jelena Parry
Osteopathy is a whole body system of manual therapy that uses hands-on techniques to assess, diagnose and treat the entire musculoskeletal system which includes the muscles, joints, internal organs and connective tissue. Osteopaths work with all areas of the body and not only the spine and focus on overall body health and wellbeing by treating imbalances and weaknesses of the musculoskeletal framework and how they function as a holistic unit.
This can help reduce pain, improve postural balance with the aim to improve the quality and range of movement of the body and postural alignment, which aims to enhance the healing capacity of the body by promoting optimal blood flow, healthy nervous system tone, and lymphatic drainage.
Osteopaths use skilled evaluation, examining more than just the site of pain or discomfort. They also assess surrounding and related body, ensuring an accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan for every individual. Osteopaths use a wide range of treatment techniques which may include stretching, soft-tissue massage for muscles, tendons and ligaments, joint mobilisation, occasionally joint manipulation, and also some very subtle (cranial or biodynamic) techniques.
Osteopaths identify factors that cause and continue to aggravate a patient’s condition/s. These may include work, sport and lifestyle habits. Osteopaths provide tailored advice on stretching and rehabilitation strategies to enhance recovery and reduce the likelihood of recurring injuries. This holistic treatment approach promotes self-awareness and encourages the patient to play an active part in their recovery and can also incorporate nutritional, lifestyle and exercise advice. Osteopaths in Australia complete a minimum of 5 years university training and
studies in anatomy, pathology, physiology, general medical diagnosis and Osteopathic techniques.
They are registered with the government as Osteopathic practitioners and are primary health care practitioners trained to recognise conditions requiring medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Being government registered health care practitioners, patients do not need a referral to see an Osteopath.
Some common conditions Osteopaths treat are:
- Low back pain / sciatica
- Neck pain / headaches
- Postural concerns
- Hip / knee / ankle / foot pain
- RSI / carpal tunnel / wrist forearm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Jaw pain
- Acute joint sprains / sports injury
- Chronic pain management
- Rehabilitation post-surgery
Osteopathy and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an amazing time of rapid changes that occur within a women’s body as the baby grows. Due to the structural and hormonal changes that occur, the ligaments soften, the curvature of the spine changes, the weight of the baby moves the centre of gravity forward, and the normal mechanics within the body are disrupted.
Osteopathic care focuses on ensuring the body is mobile to adopt the changes necessary to cope with the demands placed on the body. Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy may help prevent problems from arising or alleviate problems already present from pre-existing injuries.
Osteopathy is a safe, effective, natural, hands-on therapy that benefits people from all stages of life.