What is Osteopathy?

  • Osteopathy is not just about back pain. Osteopaths are qualified to deal with any musculoskeletal complaints across all areas of the body. 

  • Osteopathy is a hands on, drug free treatment approach for a wide range of conditions.

  • Osteopaths use evidence based techniques applied to the muscles and the joints with the aim of treating the root cause of a patient's pain, not just treating their symptoms.

  • It is a holistic treatment which means Osteopaths address psychological and lifestyle factors that could contribute to the patient's symptoms.

  • All treatments are tailored to each individual patient and, in addition to the hands on treatment, patients will be shown exercises designed specifically for them to get the best improvement in their condition.

What is the difference between an Osteopath, physiotherapist and chiropractor?

This is a question we are asked all of the time. As a very general rule, chiropractors tend to focus almost entirely on the spine and pelvis and use prodominantly manipulation techniques. Physiotherapists focus more time on exercise prescription and muscle strengthening. But Osteopaths work on all of those areas to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient. 

Techniques

Massage

Reduces muscle tightness and increases blood flow to the muscle to aid healing

Stretching/ MET

Improves joint range of motion and releases muscle tightness

Joint Manipulation

Quick thrusts or impulses to improve joint mobility and decrease joint pain

Home Exercises

Helping the patient improve their symptoms and reduce the chances of the condition reoccuring