Osteopaths are government registered primary health care practitioners who have completed an intense 4-5 years undergraduate medical science qualification followed by a graduate clinical program. Osteopaths are trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathic practice is a form of manual medicine that recognises the important link between the body’s structure and the way it functions. Through this, osteopaths focus on how a person’s joints, muscles, nerves, circulation and connective tissues function as a holistic unit. Consequently, osteopathic treatment is tailored to address physical dysfunction and movement impairment where the primary aim is to restore function and optimise wellbeing.
What an initial osteopathic consultation consists of is a medical case history where symptoms are discussed in addition to previous medical conditions. We then move on to the examination and testing process whereby we analyse your symptoms and evaluate your condition. Following this, your diagnosis is discussed which includes detailed explanation of your condition and treatment options tailored to reach your goals and get the best results. Treatment typically involves combinations of joint and nerve mobilisation, manipulation, muscular stretching and dry needling customised to your condition.