Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in the body. Osteopathic treatment vary from person to person and uses the body’s natural movement patterns as part of a holistic treatment to ease pain, improve movement, wellbeing and optimise the self-healing process of the body.
In Australia, osteopaths are university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who are trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopaths assess the mobility of problem areas, ask you questions and make a diagnosis to work out the best treatment plan for each patient.