What is Osteopathy?
Most of you will think of osteo as being “bones or something”? This is partly true, osteo does mean “relating to bones” however, bones aren’t all an Osteopath treats. Not at all in fact, bones are only a very small part of it.
Osteopathy is a form of so called “neuromuscular manual therapy” which means we use our hands to treat your bones, joints, muscles, nervous system and other body systems. We carefully look at what is related to your complaint and treat the relevant tissues accordingly.
An osteopath can provide hands on treatment, exercise programs, ergonomic advice, and lifestyle education.
A brief history of Osteopathy.
Osteopathy is still a little unknown although it has become more widely known in recent years. Despite this, it was first developed in the 1800’s.
Osteopathy is based on 4 key principles. These are:
- The body is a unit.
- The body has self regulating and self healing properties.
- Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
- Treatment is based on the understanding of these principles.
What does it all mean?
This is all a very long winded way of saying that an Osteopath treats the body holistically with the intention of assisting your bodies self healing mechanisms and improving your bodies ability to function optimally – or as optimally as possible.
Even though we no longer live in the 1800’s these principles are still relevant in Osteopathy today and are now used and supported with a much deeper understanding of the body and how it works.
Who can call themselves an Osteopath?
In Australia Osteopathy is a registered profession which means your Osteopath will have to be registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency). It’s important to check this as it means your Osteopath has completed the appropriate level of training.
To become an Osteopath you usually have to complete a degree in clinical sciences at university and complete a master’s level qualification in Osteopathy. The total full-time duration to complete this is 5 years. So it’s easy to see that Osteopaths are highly trained and qualified health practitioners.
What about Osteopathy at Natural Solutions Acupuncture?
I’m Lydia Thompson, your Osteopath here at NSA. I’m fully qualified and registered and love supporting people with their health and wellbeing.
Our experience has shown us that Osteopathy works very complimentary to acupuncture. Both modalities are based on the same principle of improving the natural healing abilities of your body. The difference is the tool, acupuncturist use needles, osteopaths use their hands. The combination of both often works wonders.
I support people with all kinds of issues, think of back and neck pain, headaches, (sporting) injuries and postural problems. I’ve also completed extensive training in Osteopathy in Pregnancy, something I love doing. As pregnancy often comes with its health challenges and there are only limited medications you can take, Osteopathy is a great way of looking after your health and wellbeing during pregnancy.
What happens in my first Osteopathic consultation?
- We will start with taking a case history and will ask you to describe your pain or ailment. Often we ask you questions to get further insight into your problems and we need to get into detail about your past medical history.
- An osteopathic examination will be performed, this includes active and passive movements, testing, postural assessment and/or neurological tests.
- The Osteopath will then explain their diagnosis and their thoughts on why you are suffering from it.
- With your consent, osteopathic treatment will then be performed. This can include techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching, joint manipulation and muscle energy technique.
- Following your first treatment you will be provided with post treatment management and advice and your treatment plan will be explained.
- Feel free to ask questions at any time during your consultation, we care about you and want you to be completely comfortable with the treatment process.
Can I claim my Osteopathy treatments?
Check your private health fund to see if Osteopathy is included in your cover. If so, you can bring in your health fund card and we can process you claim on the spot so that you only have to pay the gap.
Osteopathy treatments can also be partly covered by Medicare. You will need to get a referral from your GP under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.
How can I make an appointment?