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Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic

Contact Name Lauren Collins
Phone (03) 9702 0037
Address 137 MOONDARRA Drv
Servicing Areas Berwick, Victoria
Fax (03) 9702 0082
Osteopathy & Clinical Pilates!!

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Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic

Welcome to Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic!!

We pride ourselves with excellent Osteopathic treatment and management. At Berwick Family Osteopathy we can accommodate all your needs in Osteopathy and Clinical Pilates.

Our friendly Osteopaths take a holistic approach to your treatment and excel in combining their Osteopathic and Clinical Pilates training to help with your general health and well being.


What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of “hand-on” manual therapy that helps to maintain the bodies optimum function. As Osteopaths we believe that the structure and the function of the body are very closely linked. The treatment techniques used by Osteopaths are very safe and gentle. Such techniques used are: soft tissue massage and stretching, joint articulation and manipulation, muscle energy techniques, cranial and the more gentle treatment approaches such as balanced ligamentous tension. All of these techniques help to allow the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the body to function better. By having Osteopathic treatment, not only does your musculoskeletal system benefit but so do other systems of the body such as your circulatory and digestive systems.

What training do Osteopaths undertake?
As an Osteopath is Australia, we complete a five year full time university degree. This includes a three year Bachelor degree and then a two year Masters degree. During the course we study a range of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, clinical diagnosis & management and a range of different osteopathic techniques. This allows us to diagnose, treat and manage a range of different conditions using a holistic approach.

Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
You do not need a referral if you are a private patient. The only time you will require a referral from your GP is if you want to claim through the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan or if you a DVA (Veteran Affairs) patient.
The Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan is for chronic pain or illness and is set up by your GP. You are entitled to 5 Medicare rebated treatments.

The Osteopaths are all registered for TAC, Workcover and DVA patients.

Is Osteopathy covered through my private health insurance?
Yes, osteopathic treatment is covered under the ‘extras’ scheme by most major health funds. Please call your fund if you have any queries as to how much your rebate is, as all health funds give a slightly different rebate depending on the type of cover you have.
Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic is able to offer ‘on the spot’ rebates through our HICAPS electronic machine system.

Common complaints treated by Osteopaths:
Neck & Back Pain
Headaches & Migraines
Hip, Knee & Ankle Pain
Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain
Sports Injuries
Jaw Pain
Work-related injuries
Muscle strains & Tendinitis
Pregnancy related Pain
Arthritic Conditions
Stress related tension
Postural related Pain
Digestive Problems
Asthma & Breathing Difficulties
Gynecological problems

Who will benefit from Osteopathic Treatment?
Women & Men
Pregnant Women

What can you expect during you initial consultation?
Your initial consultation will last for 45-60 minutes. During this time a thorough history and examination will be undertaken to establish a good understanding of how your whole body is functioning and come up with a precise diagnosis. This is then followed by your treatment. The final stage of your consultation is spent advising you on how you can best manage your body. This may be a set stretching or strengthening exercises, or maybe even some advice into nutrition and diet, posture or exercise.


Dr Lauren Collins
Dr Alicia Cannon (nee:Mynott)
Dr Samuel Wilmann
Dr Kathryn Neumann
Dr Tom McCormick

Berwick Family Osteopathy's Opening hours:
Monday: 8.30am - 7pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 7pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 7pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 7pm
Friday: 8.30am - 6pm
Saturday: 9am - 2.30pm


What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a mixture between recent spinal stability research and the original work of Joseph Pilates. Clinical pilates helps to improve and correct the motor control of the deep stabilizing muscles primarily involved in the spine, shoulder girdle and abdomen. This is achieved initially by a series of Pilates mat exercises, progressing to the spring-loaded reformer machine. Using spring loaded resistance instead of free-weights, it enables the focus to be on muscle control rather than muscle strength. Each set of exercises are tailored to the individual patient.

What are the benefits of doing Clinical Pilates?
  • To prevent back, shoulder and extremity pain
  • To improve posture and flexibility
  • Increase control & strength of the abdominal stabilizing muscles
  • Correct poor biomechanics
  • Prevent injury or rehabilitate after injury
  • Overall improve the body’s muscular tone
  • Increase balance

Who will benefit from Clinical Pilates?
  • Adults: Men & Women
  • Pregnant Women
  • Children
  • Elderly

What to expect in an initial Clinical Pilates Session?
Your initial consultation will last for 45-60 minutes. During this time a thorough history and examination will be undertaken to establish a good understanding of how your whole body is functioning and come up with a precise diagnosis. From here the Osteopath will set up a personally tailored program for you. This will contain exercises that you can undertake on the floor in your own home and exercises to do on the reformer. A minimum of 3-4 sessions is advisable to perfect and refine your exercises.

Is Clinical Pilates covered through my private health insurance?
Yes, Clinical Pilates is covered through your Osteopathic treatment. It is covered under the ‘extras’ scheme by most major health funds. The Clinic is able to offer ‘on the spot’ rebates through our HICAPS electronic machine system.


Dr Lauren Collins
Dr Alicia Cannon (nee:Mynott)


What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a technique used by two of our Osteopaths to combat muscle pain and tightness. The technique involves placing small, single filament needles into the area of tightness or pain. This stimulates the muscle, improves blood flow, and creates a local contraction in the muscle. This is comparable to the effect that massage and soft tissue therapy produces, however is far more local to the point in which the needle is placed.

Dry needling is particularly effective in the treatment of muscle “trigger points” – areas of muscle which might feel lumpy or nodular and are locally painful. (Sometimes referred to as “knots”). Trigger points can arise due to an area of muscle that is not receiving appropriate levels of oxygen. By stimulating the muscle, blood flow and hence oxygen, is increased.

Dry needling may cause a “twitch response” in the muscle that the needle is placed. This is an involuntary contraction of the muscle, which is beneficial as it causes an immediate relaxation of the muscle following the twitch. This helps in the overall “loosening” of the area that is tight. Studies have also suggested that natural, pain-killing chemicals (called opioids) within the body may be activated following the twitch response, leading to a decrease in pain at the site.

Further study is required to practice dry needling, which two of the Osteopaths at Berwick Family Osteopathy have completed.

How big are the needles?
The needles are approximately 22 times smaller than the average hypodermic needle used for injections at the doctor. They are about the width of 2-3 hairs. The length of the needle varies between 30mm – 75mm depending on the size of the muscle it is being used for.

What does it feel like?
Usually only slight discomfort is noted. The majority of patients report that it is simply a strange sensation and not very painful. The sensation caused by the needles can vary, and is dependent on the area being needled, severity of tightness or injury, and the patient’s own pain threshold. As with any Osteopathic technique, your practitioner will only apply the technique with your consent and will not continue with the technique if it is causing significant pain or discomfort.

What conditions can Dry Needling be used to treat?
Dry needling is used in conjunction with other Osteopathic techniques to treat a wide variety of conditions. It may be used on most muscular conditions, however, after a thorough examination and assessment, your osteopath with advise you if your condition is not suitable for needle treatment. In particular, good results have been found with:

- Tennis/Golfers elbow
- Shoulder complaints
- Gluteal tendinopathy
- Shin splints
- Many more.

How does it differ from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is based on Chinese Medicine principles, which involves special Acupuncture points correlating to various conditions throughout the body. Dry needling involves treatment of a specific muscle, with the intention to reduce tightness and pain. Many of the Acupuncture and known Trigger point locations do correlate, so sometimes treatment may seem similar, whereas other times it may seem quite different.


Dr Alicia Cannon (nee:Mynott)
Dr Samuel Wilmann
Dr Kathryn Neumann
Dr Tom McCormick


Dr. Lauren Collins
Registered Osteopath

Lauren is a friendly and caring qualified Osteopath and member of the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA). She graduated from Victoria University in 2007. Having competed in various sports around the Berwick area, ranging from softball and netball to jazz, tap and ballet dancing from a young age, Lauren understands the demands placed on the bodies of athletes of varying ages. Lauren gains satisfaction in passing on rehabilitation, strengthening and stretching exercises to allow her patients to excel in their sporting lives.

Throughout her sporting life and career, Lauren has developed a keen interest in sports medicine, having gained invaluable experience through working with the Victorian Men’s Softball Association in the lead up to and during their 2004 and 2005 National tournaments, as well as working extensively with the Cheltenham Football Club and Bentleigh Uniting Cricket Club treating a wide range of conditions. Lauren enjoys treating sportsmen and women of vary degrees and abilities and believes in utilising her skills in manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and soft tissue techniques to enhance their performance, and education and advice into injury management and prevention.

Lauren has completed further study into the field of Paediatrics and Obstetrics. Lauren has a keen interest in the treatment of pregnant women, babies and children of varying ages. Lauren has undertaken further post graduate studies into Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. She has returned to Victoria University last year and enjoyed studying a Graduate Certificate in Neonatal, Infant and Paediatric Manual Therapy.

Lauren has also undertaken further studies with DMA (Dance Medicine Australia) into Clinical Pilates. Lauren takes a holistic approach to your treatment and excels in combining her Osteopathic and Clinical Pilates training to help with your general health and well being.

Lauren uses a range of Osteopathic techniques to obtain excellent results with her patients. These include, soft tissue massage and stretching, articulation and manipulation, and more gentle techniques such as cranial osteopathy and balanced ligamentous tension.

Dr Alicia Cannon (nee: Mynott)
Registered Osteopath

Alicia originally graduated from RMIT University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement where she first became interested and exposed to the field of osteopathy. Having been treated herself by Osteopaths she then continued her education at RMIT and graduated in 2006 with a Masters in Osteopathy. Whilst completing her studies Alicia worked for two years as a remedial massage therapist, gaining valuable clinical and hands-on experience in massage therapy.

After several years working in Melbourne, Alicia then moved to Ireland and worked within multiple clinics around the east coast of Ireland. This experience not only exposed Alicia to different styles of osteopathy and a different culture but she also did a lot of travel around Europe.

Alicia has an interest in all types of conditions, in particular patients who have been suffering from neck and low back pain, shoulder, headaches, repetitive strain injuries and arthritic conditions. Her history as an athlete in state and national competitions for volleyball also gives her first hand appreciation of sports injuries. Alicia employs a wide range of techniques, including soft tissue massage, trigger point therapy, dry needling, mobilization, manipulation and exercise advice, with each treatment specifically tailored to your individual needs.

Dr Samuel Wilmann
Registered Osteopath

Sam has a strong background in anatomy and physiology having taught both subjects at RMIT University where he later graduated from. He was successfully treated for neck pain and headaches and was so impressed with osteopathy that he decided to become one himself!

Osteopathy interested Sam for its holistic, hands on approach which uses many different techniques. Every person is different; therefore every treatment is different and tailored to patient's individual needs. Drawing on experience and research Sam enjoys solving the puzzle that can present with complex problems and he will often also give patients specific rehabilitation exercises, stretches or advice to help facilitate healing and prevent re-injury.

Sam has had the opportunity to work with the Northcote Victorian premier league as the team osteopath whilst for many years also playing volleyball for Monash University. He also represented RMIT University for beach volleyball at the Australian university games. Exposure to lots of sports and injuries has led to an interest in treating athletes of all calibres. Sam has had his own share of injuries and enjoys helping people get back to their best and doing the things they enjoy.

Away from work and sport Sam enjoys travel and has been lucky enough to have had some great travel experiences such as trekking China's tiger leaping gorge and the rainforests of Borneo, sailing on the river Nile, and diving in the Red Sea.

Berwick Family Osteopathy & Spinal Clinic
137 Moondarra Dve Berwick VIC 3806
719 Princes Hwy Berwick VIC 3806

Ph: (03) 9702 0094
Fax: (03) 9702 0049



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