Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine delivered by gentle treatment techniques such as manipulation, massage, mobilisation, stretching and trigger point therapy.
Osteopaths use a holistic approach to health and treating the body. This means when assessing your symptoms and diagnosing your injury they look at the body as a whole, taking into account that the body is an integrated unit of functions and structures.
What do Osteopaths Treat…For Example…
You may present with lower back pain but your Osteopath may also evaluate your ankles, knees, pelvis and hip joints, as misalignments in these areas may be the source or a contributing factor to your pain.
You may have reoccurring neck pain or headaches and your Osteopath may evaluate your mid-back (thoracic spine) as joints and muscles in these areas could be aggravating your neck complaint.
Treatment techniques such as massage, trigger point therapy and manipulation will then be used to correct your primary and possibly secondary dysfunction.
As primary healthcare practitioners, Osteopaths use a comprehensive approach, which includes:
- thorough injury diagnosis
- assessment of your medical history including sporting, lifestyle and occupation activities
- evidence-based manual treatment
- preventative education and maintenance advice
- if required, integrated referral to GPs, Specialists, X-ray/Scans (via our trusted network of providers)
At Victoria Sports and Rehabilitation Clinic, we treat people of all ages across their lifespan for a variety of musculoskeletal complaints, this includes treatment during and post pregnancy and specifically for babies and toddlers, click here to learn more about osteopathy for mothers and babies.
We take the time to understand your complaint via an initial one-on-one 45 – 60 minute consultation. We also identify if your injury may require prescribed home or gym based exercises. If gym-based exercise prescription is required your practitioner can write a plan for you.
Osteopaths are government-registered practitioners and Osteopathy is covered by all major private health funds.