What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a type of complementary medicine that focuses on correcting skeletal misalignments in the body, which osteopaths think are the root of many health issues. An osteopath is trained in recognising and treating tension or stress on bodily tissues that causes disease. Although osteopaths have the training of medical doctors, they are not known to prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Instead, they focus on manipulative techniques and giving advice about lifestyle modifications that can aid in the prevention or management of illness.

Osteopathy in Perth

What Conditions Can Osteopathy Help With?

Osteopathy emphasises the interrelationship between the body's structure (mainly the skeleton) and function in order to assist the body's natural healing abilities. The combination of physical manipulation techniques, such as massage and stretching, is a useful treatment for a variety of health problems, including:

  • Sports injuries 
  • Asthma
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Back pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Menstrual pain
  • Digestive problems
  • Depression
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Fertility problems
  • Side effects of chemotherapy

What is the Cost of Osteopathy in Perth?

The average cost of an osteopathic treatment session in Perth is between $110 and $150. Children's rates are often lower at most clinics. Prices can vary depending on whether you are paying out of pocket or receiving insurance benefits. The practitioner's qualifications and level of experience will also factor into the price.

How Many Osteopaths are Based in Perth?

The Osteopathy Board of Australia has 69 registered osteopaths in Western Australia, with about 36 located in Perth. Osteopaths work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, chiropractic centres and physiotherapy clinics. Many of them also run their own private clinics.

How Many Perth Residents Use Osteopathy?

According to statistics, osteopathy is growing more popular in Australia, with many people seeking treatment for their overall health and wellbeing. In Perth alone, about 20% of the population uses osteopathy for a wide range of conditions.