What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that addresses the entirety of the body’s structures, such as muscles, nerves, joints, bones, lymphatic system, vascular system and the various connective tissues. It is based on a unique underlying treatment philosophy which is what sets Osteopathic treatment apart from other forms of manual therapy.
Osteopathic treatment is a scientifically validated form of treatment, and is recognised by the World Health Organisation and various international medical journals.
What is the Osteopathic Philosophy?
1. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated
2. The body is a single dynamic unit of function; mind, body and spirit.
3. The body is capable of self-repair, self- healing and health maintenance.
4. Rational treatment is based on the employment of the above 3 principles.
What training do Osteopaths partake?
Osteopaths are required to complete 5 years of university training consisting of a 3 year Bachelors degree and a 2 year Masters degree. Once completed, your Osteopath is a statutorily registered practitioner.
What techniques will be used during the consultation?
The techniques that your Osteopath chooses to use during your consultation are based upon your presentation, information from your medical history, treatment objectives, your consent and personal preferences. This is to ensure that the treatment process is safe, appropriate and effective. Techniques may include, but are not limited to: MET (muscle energy technique), joint articulation, HVLA (spinal manipluation), soft tissue massage, visceral release, cranial osteopathy, taping (rigid and Kinesiotape), BLT (balanced ligamentous tension), counterstrain, dry needling, core strengthening assessment and exercise prescription, and other rehabilitative exercises.