Firstly, it is important to know that Osteopaths have completed full-time university training which covers anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical diagnosis in addition to Osteopathic technique.
Osteopaths are considered primary care practitioners and an Allied Health profession and are registered practitioners under the national registration body AHPRA.
Osteopathy is the fastest growing Allied Health profession in Australia, rapidly gaining popularity based on treatment outcomes and the way in which we approach the body and dysfunction in a biopsychosocial (holistic) way.
Osteopathy is best known for the treatment of a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems, but it also has a role to play in the management of a number of other conditions. The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:
In carrying out treatments Osteopaths can call upon a very large range of techniques, see below.
Osteopathic treatments are tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient’s needs.
Many people are (pleasantly) surprised by the added value that Osteopathy can provide to existing treatments from your doctor or specialist: not instead of but in conjunction with. As mentioned above there is an inherent ‘best of both worlds’ when you see an Osteo – Mainstream and Complementary Medicine options tend to be mixed and combined for the specific needs of the scenario.