What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a broad, integrated system for treating both muscle and joint problems for the whole musculo-skeletal system simultaneously as well as taking an overall interest in your heath and wellbeing through diet, exercise and lifestyle.

Osteopaths believe that the muscles and bones work together at the joints, that it is not a system of muscles independent of the bones and that it is not a system of bones independent of muscles – it is an integrated system of muscles and bones working together in a balanced way.

Pain and dysfunction result when the musculo-skeletal system is injured and out of balance so much that the body can not heal itself. By working on both aspects, of muscles and the joints simultaneously maximum results can be achieved and balance restored so that your body can continue to heal.

Both muscle and joint dysfunction is corrected through soft tissue techniques, massage, myofascial release, deep tissue release, trigger point therapy, stretching, articulation, mobilisation and manipulation. As well, certain visceral or constitutional conditions such as headaches, constipation, spastic or irritable bowel syndrome, digestive complaints and sluggish lymphatics are treated through various Osteopathic release techniques, gastro-intestinal manipulation and lymphatic drainage to mention a few. Osteopaths treat all musculo-skeletal injuries and dysfunction of every part of the body as well as visceral or constitutional problems. Osteopaths take a holistic approach to your problems with a bio-mechanical re-alignment and balancing emphasis in conjunction with a keen interest in your diet, nutrition, posture, exercise and lifestyle as these impact directly and indirectly on your health and wellbeing. They are wellness practitioners.

Injuries and dysfunction can occur from incorrect lifting, falls and sprains, horse, bike and car accidents, from sporting injuries, from bad posture or a bad work station at work, on the computer and from general slouching particularly in the car and relaxing at home. Osteopaths treat all muscles and joints of the body including the neck, spine, ribs and pelvis, the hips, legs, knees, ankles and feet, the shoulder girdle, arms, elbows, wrists and hands and even the jaw or temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ).

Osteopaths are trained and qualified to assess and diagnose your problem and then provide you with a treatment plan. A full report is provided following the initial consultation and with your permission can be sent to your medical practitioner.

Below are a few examples of some of the conditions that Osteopaths treat:

  • Back pain, back injury, back strain, back spasm, back ache, spinal pain, spinal dysfunction
  • Subluxations, facet joint jamming, (zygo-apophyseal joint or z-joint locking), joint strain, joint dysfunction, joint lesion
  • Sprained joints, sprained foot, sprained ankle, sprained knee, sprained hip, sprained hand, sprained wrist, sprained elbow, sprained shoulder, sprained AC joint
  • Neck pain, neck tension, neck spasm, kinked or rye neck, torticolis
  • Jaw pain, jaw or TMJ dysfunction, clenching and grinding teeth
  • Anxiety, sleep disorders
  • Headaches, migraines , nausea, vomiting
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  • Cervical or neck pain including whiplash injuries
  • Spinal pain, back pain, rib pain
  • Lumbago or lower back pain, pelvic pain, back pain sydney cbd
  • Hip pain, gluteal or buttock pain, ITB pain
  • Pelvic pain, pelvic dysfunction, rotated pelvis, twisted pelvis,hip pain, clicky hips, gluteal pain, buttock pain/spasm
  • Sciatica and referred pain, pinched nerve, nerve impingement, nerve compression, neuralgia
  • Disc injuries, slipped disc, disc degeneration, disc bulge, disc herniation
  • Scoliosis, curvature of the spine and spinal dysfunction
  • Postural analysis, postural correction and advice, movement and exercise advice, how to sit, move and sleep with back pain
  • Spinal analysis, spinal assessment, treatment, management plan
  • Subluxations, back strain, back injury, correct alignment, musculo-skeletal balance
  • Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, stero-clavicular and acromio-clavicular pain
  • Elbow pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, wrist pain, hand pain, finger pain, other sporting injuries
  • Mouse shoulder syndrome, RSI of the shoulders, arms and wrists and other occupational overuse syndromes
  • Knee pain, ankle pain, foot pain, plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, toe pain
  • Sprained ankles including Achilles tendon pain
  • Muscle pain, muscle spasms, muscle cramps, muscle knots, muscle tears,tendon strains, ligament strains eg calf tears, hamstring tears
  • Heat or ice, when to apply
  • Arthritis, arthritic pain, arthritic joints, arthritic dysfunction relieve stiffness, dietary and vitamin advice
  • Vitamin and mineral supplements to maximise healing and minimise injury, spots nutrition
  • Lymphatic drainage, bloating, abdominal cramps and pain, constipation, sluggish bowel
  • Pregnancy, neonatal, paediatric treatment and advice
  • Full medical report and treatment plan provided with all initial consultations
  • Work Cover assessment, Work Cover treatment including RSI (repetitive strain injuries) from overuse syndromes
  • Ergonomic assessment and advice
  • Medico-legal reports, corporate assessments
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What Happens in an Osteopathic Session?

An initial Osteopathic session last for 30 to 40 minutes depending on the complexity of your problem. On arrival you will be asked to fill out a form with your relevant details.

Once you are with the Osteopath a full history is taken of your condition, your presenting symptoms and any signs or triggers you may have noticed which can be of great help in understanding the background to your problem. So that the Osteopath can examine you and then subsequently treat you, you may be asked to remove some of your clothing (women are provided with a clean hospital gown).

The Osteopath then performs a full and thorough examination, may do various orthopaedic or neurological tests and examines any x-rays you may have with you. It may be necessary in some severe or complex cases to have x-rays taken before proceeding with treatment if you don’t already have them. Once the Osteopath is satisfied with the examination and investigations a diagnosis is made. The diagnosis and treatment plan will be discussed with you before treatment commences.

The treatment approach has been mentioned above but will usually commence with a thorough soft tissue work up involving extensive therapeutic massage and various Osteopathic release techniques so that the joint restriction can be corrected more easily and more gently. The emphasis is to balance the musculo-skeletal system especially the pelvis and to mobilise any painful restricted spinal and peripheral joint.

Following the initial consultation a medical report is prepared listing the complaint history, the examination findings, the diagnosis, treatment plan, response to the initial treatment, advise on what to do and what not to do especially regarding work, sport, exercising, stretching and general movement and recommendations on how to get the most out of your treatment. You will be advised when to have your follow up treatment and given an idea as to how long it will take to correct your problem which will depend on whether your problem is a recent acute injury or a chronic complaint.

Can I have Osteopathy on my private medical insurance?

Most private health funds give benefits for Osteopathic treatment. Reimbursement will depend on the insurer and the plan you have chosen. Contact the helpline of your insurance company who will explain the actual benefits and methods of claim for your individual policy. If your Health Fund is a member of HICAPS we can reimburse your benefit at City Clinic.