What is Osteopathy?
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What is Osteopathy?

A Safe and Effective Approach to Neck and Back Pain

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions requiring medical referral.  They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

  • Osteopathy is a form of manual (or ‘hands on’) medicine that recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.
  • Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
  • Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify and treat dysfunction in your body.

You may consult an Osteopath for pain issues related to long or short term musculoskeletal or neurological disorders. Such as:

Headaches & Migraines
Neck, Back or Sciatica
Muscular Strains
Sports Injury Rehabilitation
Occupational Injury
Shoulder & Elbow Pain
Postural Concerns
Hip and Knee Pain
Heel and Foot Pain
Tendon Related Pain
Management of Arthritis
Shin Splints

How Osteopathy Can Help You

Improve joint mobility
Reduce muscular tension, inflammation & nerve irritation
Improve blood supply to and drainage from the spine, pelvic & shoulder girdles
Reduce the duration of low back pain and help prevent future episodes
Offer advice on posture, exercises and stretching
Provide advice on improving your ergonomic environment
Brunswick Heads Osteopathy also provides guidance on diet, hydration and exercise. Tips on how to reduce the duration of back pain and help to prevent future episodes. We can also communicate and plan treatment with your GP and other Allied Health Practitioners. We may also refer you for radiological imaging as allowed under Medicare rules.

What to Expect

New patients to the practice complete initial paperwork including medical and lifestyle history and current medications. Previous XRays, CT and MRI scans, ultrasound scans and medical reports may assist your Osteopath with their diagnosis, so bring any that you have to your appointment.

Your osteopath will begin the session with further questioning of a more detailed nature regarding your presenting condition, the history of your symptoms, and previous injuries. A full history of previous physical traumas/injuries and your current health status and lifestyle will also be taken.

Patients may be asked to undress to their underwear for physical examination. A gown is provided or patients may choose to wear loose clothing for their examination. You will be asked to perform a series of movements standing, seated and lying down, and may also be given some orthopaedic, neurological or other system examination depending on your presenting problem and symptoms. After this examination your osteopath should be able to give you a brief explanation of your problem as diagnosed, and the treatment plan/prognosis to the best of their ability.

In rare cases your osteopath may decide that it is inappropriate or unsafe to proceed with treatment until further investigations are carried out. In this case you will either be given referral for imaging or your osteopath will write to your GP outlining their concerns and requesting further tests that only the GP can refer for.

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