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 statutorily registered practitioners under the national registration body AHPRA. No hocus pocus.

One of the things that makes Osteopaths different in the Medical/Allied Health space is our natural ability to combine the best of Mainstream Medicine and Complementary Medicine into the one treatment plan. We regularly get feedback from patients that they feel this is the thing that makes it successful for them.

At Active Osteopathy our osteopaths have completed more than the minimum requirements: Joel has 7 years of university training and holds Bachelor degrees in both Osteopathy and Podiatry (and is the only duel Qualified/Registered Osteopath and Podiatrist in WA) while Liz and Isabella both have Master’s degrees in Osteopathic Medicine.

In Perth osteopathy is rapidly gaining popularity based on treatment outcomes and the way in which we approach the body and dysfunction in a biopsychosocial (holistic) way. However, if you are not aware of Osteopathy and what it represents please don’t be put off: in USA, Europe, and even in the Eastern states of Australia Osteopaths are well established and Osteopaths are seen as a viable option for general health care, particularly musculoskeletal pain.

In a nutshell, Osteopathy is a “whole body” or holistic system of manual therapy. A treatment plan is formulated based on clinical diagnostic skills, biomechanics and consideration of “the big picture” (ie not just the symptoms). Osteopaths treat each patient according to their individual needs which is made possible by their expertise in a broad range of techniques

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. Osteopathic manipulations are different from chiropractic manipulation and patients typically report feeling less force despite achieving the desired 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.
Functional techniques, which involve gentle mobilisation of joints in a way which “probes” barriers to normal movement until a way is found through the restriction.
Visceral techniques are used in the management of conditions affecting internal organs. These involve gentle and rhythmical stretching of the visceral areas.