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 has a 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