“To ﬁnd health should be the object of the physician.
Anyone can find disease.”
DR ANDREW TAYLOR STILL, FOUNDER OF OSTEOPATHY
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopaths are unique in their approach to the body, as they skilfully assess how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths use this information to help reduce pain, restore movement and improve the function of the body.
How Do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. They know how parts of your body should work together and the impact if they do not.
Osteopaths are trained to provide:
- Musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments – they use a range of tools to identify what might be happening in the body.
- Manual therapy –includes a range of ‘hands-on’ techniques that may give relief from musculoskeletal pain, discomfort and may help tissues in the body.
- Types of hands on work include; massage, myofascial release, joint and spinal manipulations, mobility and stretching techniques
- Clinical exercise programs– activities and movement strategies for use at home, work or in other settings. Exercise may help you return to activities you enjoy, for example after an injury or surgery.
- Movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments.
- Therapeutic needling techniques, like dry needling, trigger point therapy or acupuncture.
- Advice about your lifestyle, stress management, diet or other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.
Where did Osteopathy Originate?
Osteopathy was developed in the 1870’s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician and surgeon.
After treating injured soldiers from the civil war and watching 4 of his children die, Still identified that the common medical practises were frequently ineffective and at times harmful, and so there had to be a better approach to medicine.
With this idea forming and through years of studying extensively, he developed the philosophies that became the basis for osteopathic medicine. He opened the first American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri in 1892.
Who can see an Osteopath? Anyone Can!
Osteopathy is covered by private health funds, depending on your level of cover. If you are, you can claim on the spot with HICAPS.
Some people with chronic conditions may be eligible for a Medicare rebate if their GP arranges an Enhanced Primary Care plan.