What Is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a primary health care profession dedicated to alleviating pain and dysfunction experienced by millions of people daily. Osteopathy started over 120 years ago when Dr Andrew Still, the ‘founder of osteopathy’ believed that there was more to treating and curing common muscle, joint and nerve problems than medication and surgery and wanted to provide a safe, effective treatment regime for those who were experiencing pain and dysfunction daily. Today, millions experience what osteopathy has to offer in healthcare. If you have never seen an osteopath before, or are unsure what osteopathy is all about, please call us on 9524 8862 today and allow us to explain how we can help you.
What Is Osteopathic Treatment
Osteopathic treatment starts with the philosophy that the body’s structure and the way it functions are intertwined and that you cannot treat one without the other. At Illawong Osteo, our osteopathic team look at your health in a holistic (whole body) way assessing your symptoms and matching your treatment goals with our clinical findings. We then map out a treatment plan 'together' to have you living a healthier life now. Treatment at Illawong Osteo starts on your very first treatment and the techniques used will entirely depend on your condition and treatment goals.
What Happens In An Initial Osteopathic Treatment
Your initial osteopathic treatment will involve a thorough medical history followed by both a neurological and orthopaedic assessment. This is to ascertain the root cause of all of your symptoms. This will be followed by an explanation of your symptoms and relation of your symptoms to your condition. Treatment is then administered immediately to attempt to eliminate symptoms and have you feeling better. If necessary, you may be referred for an X-ray or further imaging to to help with your diagnosis. And you do not need a GP referral.
What Techniques Are Used In A Treatment
At Illawong Osteo, the techniques include:
- Soft Tissue Release – with the goal of decreasing muscle tension and increasing muscle length in order to free up ‘stiff or fixated’ joints.
- Manipulation – with the goal of either increasing joint movement or stabilising structures surrounding the joint.
- Articulation/Mobilisation - with the goal of either increasing joint movement or stabilising structures surrounding the joint without a cavitation or ‘crack’ of a joint.
- Stretching - with the goal of decreasing muscle tension and increasing muscle length in order to free up ‘stiff or fixated’ joints that usually involves assistance from you in activating the muscle to maximise its length and your stretches.
- Dry Needling – with the goal of improving muscle strength, reducing muscle over-activity (or spasm) and increasing neural (your brain and nervous system’s) awareness.
- Positional Release – with the goal of reducing muscle activity by moving the joint or muscle into its position of ease and reducing neural feedback within the nervous system.
- Exercise Therapy - with the goal of empowering you to train the muscles that are weak and stretch the muscles that are tight to promote balance within the body.
- Spinal Manipulation - with the goal of returning a joint back to normal range of motion and releasing the structures that are impairing healing (eg nerve issues)
- And many, many more.
What Do Chiropractors Treat
Osteopaths treat a wide variety of muscle and joint conditions including:
- Spinal and Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain and Headaches
- Sporting Injuries
- Post Surgical Rehabilitation (ACL Reconstructions, Shoulder Arthroscopes and disc fusions)
- Shoulder and Elbow Sprains (Rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome)
- Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel)
- And much, much more…