About Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

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.

About Osteopathy: What conditions do we deal with?

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:

Back and neck pain

Sports related injuries


Work related and repetitive strain injuries


Pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendinitis and muscle strains

About Osteopathy : How do we treat?

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.

Joint Mobilisation techniques, in which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion.
Joint Manipulation, where low amplitude thrust techniques (HVLA) are applied precisely to the joint with the intention of achieving improvement in mobility.
Appropriate rehab and active strengthening programs tailored to the specific problem.
Counterstrain techniques, which achieve release of restriction by passively placing the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort.
Muscle Energy techniques, in which tight and painful muscles are gently released by contracting gently against light resistance.
Dry Needling for Muscular pain and Stiffness. Particularly popular as part of sports injury management.
Last, but certainly not least: Advice, reassurance and genuine care!

We interact with many very good practitioners from other fields within Medicine and Allied Health and our commitment is to refer you to the most appropriate destination is we are not able to help you as hoped or if adding another field of expertise will add additional benefit to your outcome.