Osteopathy is not just about the spinal column - rather the whole body framework. Osteopathy aims to assist the body to gain normal pain-free movement and function.
Osteopaths are best known for the treatment of musculo-skeletal problems such as back and neck pain, pain in other joints, headaches, whiplash, tendonitis, occupational and repetitive strain injuries and sports injuries. However, whien used together with medical management, osteopathy may also be of value in reducing the severity and frequency of symptoms in other conditions such as migraine and dysmenorrhoea.
Osteopaths use a wide variety of manual treatments, ranging from soft tissue and stretching techniques through to a range of gentle, non-invasive approaches to ease somatic dysfunction. In addition to minimal force manipulation, some of these approaches include:
In accordance with osteopathic principles, treatments are tailored to the individual, with safety being the prime consideration. The osteopath will normally explain the type of technique to be used. Treatment is mostly gentle and painless, however, it is not uncommon after some techniques to feel a little sore for a short time.
Osteopaths generally give advice on self-help measures and lifetime issues such as diet, posture, stress management and exercise, to assist with their treatment. They also refer patients to other health care practitioners when necessary.
Osteopathic consultations are covered by most major health funds.