What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a manual therapy founded by Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. Osteopathy was developed to focus on the body as a whole, acknowledging that the muscles, joints, skeleton, circulation, nerves, internal organs, lymphatics and connective tissues of the body act as a holistic unit.
In Australia, osteopathy is a regulated health profession requiring a minimum 4-year university education and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Most osteopaths, including Liam, are members of their professional body, Osteopathy Australia. Osteopathy's role is to act as a cog within the greater health system to help improve musculoskeletal health, aiming to improve overall pain and function.
How do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopathic treatment starts with an in-depth history of both your current injury and general health. From this information, osteopaths then perform a whole body screen and thorough assessment of the injured regions. Coupled with the history, this assessment helps to form both a diagnosis and a management plan. Osteopaths then treat using a range of hands-on techniques, including soft-tissue massage, myofascial release, joint articulation and manipulation, stretching, muscle energy technique, counter-strain and trigger-point inhibition among others. Osteopaths are also trained to provide advice on ergonomics, exercise prescription and lifestyle advice to help with your recovery and rehabilitation between consultations.
At NExT Osteo & Rehab, your osteopathic appointments will be tailored to your individual needs for both your injury and your lifestyle. As such, each treatment plan is unique depending on each person and each situation. This helps to ensure that your management plan is specific for you to help you best improve your function and reach your goals.
What Conditions do Osteopaths Commonly See?
Osteopaths can help manage musculoskeletal injuries and conditions from all parts of the body. Just some conditions commonly seen by osteopaths include:
To find out more about whether osteopathy with Liam may be able to help manage and improve your condition, feel free to contact us on 0450 062 223, or book online at the bottom of this page.