Sherbourne House - Osteopathy Services
Servicing areaMontmorency, Melbourne - East
What Is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual medicine 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.
What Do We Do?
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
What Conditions Can We Treat?
Most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sport injuries, stiffness or pain at some time. Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage pain – so people can make the most of their active lives.
- Head ache – the most common type of headaches originate from muscle stiffness or joint strain in the neck and/or upper thoracic region
- Whip Lash – muscle damage and injuries from whiplash can contribute to long term pain if unaddressed
- Shoulder Problems – sitting in front of computers and sedentary occupations can contribute to complex shoulder problems
- Tennis Elbow – did you know this is frequently caused by repetitive use of a computer keyboard and mouse
- Asthma – osteopaths don’t treat asthma; however, sufferers can benefit from osteopathic treatment to relieve musculoskeletal related symptoms, such pain and muscle tightness that may assist with easier breathing and movement
- RSI – repetitive strain injuries may be prevented or helped with regular osteopathic treatment and advice
- Posture problems – can lead to other common conditions such as sciatica, upper back pain and headaches
- Back pain – up to 80% of Australians suffer back pain at some point in their life. Osteopaths, as holistic practitioners, consider the many factors that can contribute to your back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – surgery may not be your only option, consider manual therapy in the management of this condition
- Digestive Problems – adults are not the only people who suffer digestive problems, babies and children can also respond well to osteopathic care for these conditions
- Sciatica – can be caused by a range of different problems. Your osteopath can assist in identifying the underling cause
- Knee Pain – with the right treatment and advice knee pain can be effectively managed
- Shin Splints – poor footwear, including thongs, can lead to shin splints. Osteopaths treat the soft tissues as well as the joints to help with this condition
- Heel or foot pain –Osteopaths can help with pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain or heal spurs
- Pregnancy and Post Natal Care – your osteopath can help prevent or manage a wide range of pre and post-natal conditions, either solely or in conjunction with other health care practitioners
What Happens During An Osteopathic Treatment?
In carrying out treatments, Osteopaths can call upon what is probably the largest range of techniques used in any manual therapy. These include:
- Massage and stretching techniques
- Articulation techniques, in which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion
- Muscle Energy techniques, in which contracted muscles are released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance
- Counterstrain techniques, which achieve release of restriction by placing the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort, while applying a “Counter” stretch to the antagonists of the tight muscles
- Functional techniques, which involve gentle mobilisation of joints in a way which “probes” barriers to normal movement until a way is found through the restriction
- Manipulation, which may be used where it is appropriate and safe to do so, though it is not the mainstay of most Osteopathic treatments. Osteopathic manipulations are carried out using minimum force levels in order to maximise safety and minimise patient discomfort.
- Visceral techniques are used in the management of conditions affecting internal organs. These involve gentle and rhythmical stretching of the visceral areas
Choosing a Registered Osteopath
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
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