Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. They focus on how the skeleton, joints muscle, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners that offer patient-centred approaches to healthcare and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
These practitioners believe in giving treatment to the body as a whole, with less focus on individual tissues or spinal adjustment and more emphasis on structural balance, adaptation, soft tissue integrity, blood and nerve supply and lymphatic drainage.
People commonly come and see us for:
Osteopaths use a range of approaches to enhance function, including manual therapy (mobilisation, stretching, massage and manipulation for ligaments and joints), exercise therapy and programming, equipment prescription, lifestyle advice and patient education. Osteopaths determine the mix and frequency of treatment and management approaches using skilled clinical evaluation and diagnostic approaches.
Generally, osteopaths spend longer with a patient and see them less frequently. We encourage the patient to consider long term preventative health care using posture, exercise, stretching, relaxation and diet so that they can increasingly take responsibility for their own health.
As each injury is unique, osteopathic treatment will vary person to person.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete minimum accredited university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Concerned about finances? Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management(CMD) Plans. Osteopaths are registered provides for DVA patients, as well as by State workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
If you’d like to understand more about osteopathy and how it could help you, get in touch with Mayfield Osteo today.