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Osteopathy FAQs

Have you every wondered what does an Osteopath actually do?? This blog is for you!

I’m sure you’ve heard about the health benefits of Osteopathic treatment, but you still have some questions… We’ve got you! We have compiled answers to frequently asked questions that we get asked about osteopathy.

 

What is an Osteopath?

This is a common question we encounter! An osteopath is a government-registered, allied health practitioner who uses manual therapy and education to improve a person’s overall health. An osteopath aims to reduce pain and increase movement with manual treatment techniques.

Osteopathy takes a whole-body approach to injury and pain management. Thus, Osteopathic treatment looks beyond localised pain and considers whether your musculoskeletal system is functioning properly as a whole. We treat the whole person, not just a single condition or area in particular (and not just bones – a common misconception).

We focus on the relationship between the body’s structure and function, and recognise the capacity of the body to self repair once aligned properly.

 

What qualifications do you need to become an Osteopath?

Depending on the country of study, it takes 4 to 5 years of university degree-level education to become an osteopath. Osteopathic students are expected to learn about all areas of the human body, the principles behind osteopathic thinking and treatment, and hands-on techniques.

Students go through a range of written and practical assessments each year to help to prepare them to take on the important role of a health practitioner.

 

What conditions can an osteopath treat?

Osteopath’s can treat a wide range of conditions including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Arthritis and joint pain
  • Shoulder and elbow pain like rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Pelvic, hip and knee pain
  • Foot and heel pain such as plantar fasciitis
  • Tendon injury
  • Pregnancy-related pain
  • Postural problems and strains
  • Scoliosis
  • Minor sports injuries including ligament and muscle strains

And so much more…

 

What happens during an appointment with an Osteopath?

During a typical appointment, Osteopaths discuss your medical history and symptoms with you, carry out a clinical assessment to accurately diagnose your complaint. We then apply hands-on therapy and other treatment techniques like dry needling and taping to increase range of motion and decrease pain.

We  also provide at home care through postural, workplace, diet, exercise, stress-management and lifestyle advice.

 

What treatment techniques do Osteopaths use?

Depending on your symptoms, some of the treatment methods we may use include:

  • Soft tissue massage – that can involve deep tissue massage, gliding, rocking, trigger point work
  • Spinal manipulation – aka cracking
  • Articulation and mobility of joints and muscles
  • Muscle energy work – encouraging muscles to work against resistance to increase range of motion and decrease pain
  • Dry needling
  • Taping

 

Got more questions about Osteopathy?

 

You can always give us a call on 9570 3388, email us at info@holisticbodyworks.com.au and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! Or simply book online to talk with a practitioner today!

 

References:

1. Better Health Channel (2022). Osteopathy. [Online]. https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/osteopathy Available at: (Accessed 23 March 2022).

2. NHS. (2021). Osteopathy. [Online]. Available at: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/osteopathy/ (Accessed 18 February 2022).

3. Stanborough, R. J. (2020). What is an Osteopath? [Online]. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-an-osteopath (Accessed 23 March 2022).

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