What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths regard the human body “holistically” meaning anatomical, physiological, pathological, psychological and functional variables relating to each individual patient are considered when making a diagnosis and treatment/rehabilitation plan.
Osteopathic philosophy encompasses the belief that, under normal circumstances, the human body has the inherent ability to cope with most forms of dysfunction. Osteopaths therefore, attempt to restore the body’s coping mechanisms using a variety of techniques, advice and rehabilitative exercises tailored to the individual patient.
At the Osteopathic Clinic we aim to relieve pain and assist the patient to move more freely using treatment, advice and exercises, allowing the patient to return to the activities they desire whether it be sporting or normal activities. Where there is a wear and tear factor involved that may not be able to be reversed, such as osteoarthritic change, we will assist you to cope with this as best you can through movement and strength training designed to help improve, maintain and prolong your joint range of movement and health.
We will work with you to identify the areas of pain, weakness and movement deficiencies and address each of these. We aim to empower you to improve postural, functional or movement patterns, which may be causing, maintaining or predisposing you to injury or preventing your body's inherent healing processes from returning you to comfort.
We use structural osteopathic techniques at the Osteopathic Clinic which are both non-invasive and safe treatment options. Structural techniques aim to reduce pain and to promote and improve movement and increase blood supply to tissues. They include soft tissue (a specified form of massage to reduce muscle tension), mobilisation and manipulative techniques.
Find out more about the Osteopathic treatment options at our clinic.