Tailored treatment and ongoing support with experienced osteopaths
- Tailored treatment in a family-friendly clinic
- Help with pain, injuries, rehab, and pregnancy
- Safe techniques based on the latest evidence-based research
Have you been suffering from pain?
Does your pain make you feel anxious and frustrated?
Is it affecting your daily life?
Osteopathy is an allied health treatment that looks at your health and well-being as a whole.
For instance, if you have a knee or shoulder injury, an osteopath will treat your injury — but they won’t stop there. Your body functions as a whole. So your osteopath will also look at other areas of your body. They’ll do this because pressure and tension in other areas can contribute to your pain — or could be a result of your injury.
Your body has a great ability to heal and an osteopath will support your body.
You may be given treatment such as massage and adjustments, along with an exercise plan, or nutrition advice to take home.
Osteopath in Moonee Ponds
Who osteopaths help
Osteopaths care for whole families at every life stage. This includes adults, pregnant women, children over 5 years, and the elderly.
What an osteopath can help with
Osteopaths can help with:
- Asthma-related muscle tension
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Headaches and migraines
- Jaw pain
- Shoulder pain
- Back pain and stiffness
- Rib sprains and pain
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy-related injuries
- Hip / knee / ankle / foot pain
- Sports injuries
- Arthritic symptoms
- Chronic pain management
- Rehabilitation post-surgery
- Tendinitis / bursitis / sciatica
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
- Hand / wrist / elbow pain
- Disc injuries
Osteopaths may use a range of techniques depending on your need and preference. These may include:
- Joint manipulation
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Massage (more details below)
- Myofascial release
- Functional technique
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Dry needling
- Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT)
- Lifestyle advice to prevent relapse and aid recovery
- Education to understand what’s happening and why
Osteopathic massage is a combination of techniques and stretching used to treat your muscles, ligaments and tendons. A holistic approach is taken to improve your muscles, your blood flow, and lymphatic drainage. This will help you reduce toxins and heal wounds.
Osteopathic massage may help you with:
- Non-specific pains and aches
- Lower back / Neck / shoulder / arm pain
- Pregnancy-related issues
- Hip and pelvic pain
- Tight or strained muscles
- Stiff joints
- And more
Your first appointment
What to bring
Bring any relevant medical imaging, reports, or tests to your appointment. Your osteopath will go over your reports with you.
What to expect during the session
You’ll be asked questions to help your osteopath understand your concerns to get an idea of how they can best help you. This may include sharing your full medical history.
Your osteopath will then assess you. They’ll look at the way you stand, walk and move. They’ll give you orthopaedic and strength tests.
You’ll get advice about what to do next including whether you can receive treatment, or if you need to be referred.
Your osteopath will take a holistic approach to treatment looking at the area of injury and other areas connected to it.
What you’ll take away
To help you manage your condition, build strength and gain functional progression, your osteopath may give you:
- Advice on nutrition
- Emotional support
- Functional exercises
Frequently asked questions about osteopathy
Do I need a referral to see an osteopath?
No. However we commonly see people referred to us by their GPs, personal trainers, massage therapists and other health professionals.
Your GP may write you a referral to receive Medicare rebates if you have complex and ongoing issues.
What training does an osteopath have?
All osteopaths have a minimum of 5 years of university training. They study anatomy, physiology, radiology, pathology, and philosophy and techniques specific to osteopathy.
All osteopaths are registered health practitioners with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) — the same as medical doctors, dentists, psychologists and chiropractors.
Is osteopathy regulated in Australia?
Osteopathy is a primary care health profession, which means an osteopath can be your first contact with the health system when you have a health problem. You don’t need a referral. Osteopaths are regulated and osteopaths need to be registered.
Do osteopaths have to be registered?
Is osteopathic manipulation safe?
Osteopaths frequently work with other health practitioners like your GP, dietitian or psychologist.
The risks associated with osteopathy are very low. Your safety is our main priority.
Your osteopath will use techniques tailored to you from their experience, knowledge, and through their assessment and discussion with you.
Research has found osteopathy helpful for neck, back, shoulder, temporomandibular joint (TMJ), non-specific pain, pregnancy, headaches and more. For more information, see the references at the end of this article.
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- Cerritelli, F., Lacorte, E., Ruffini, N., & Vanacore, N. (2017). Osteopathy for primary headache patients: a systematic review. Journal of Pain Research, 10, 601–611. https://doi.org/10.2147/jpr.s130501
- Vaughan, B., Hayesab, A., McLaughlin, P., & Fleischmann, M. (2021). The clinical management of neck pain of novice and experienced Australian osteopaths: A secondary analysis of a nationally representative sample. Elsevier Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 25, 87–93. ScienceDirect. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33714517/
- Xue, C. C., Zhang, A. L., Lin, V., Myers, R., Polus, B., & Story, D. F. (2008). Acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy use in Australia: a national population survey. BMC Public Health, 8(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-8-105
- Crevenna, R., Gesslbauer, C., Vavti, N., Keilani, M., & Mickel, M. (2018). Effectiveness of osteopathic manipulative treatment versus osteopathy in the cranial field in temporomandibular disorders. Disability and Rehabilitation, 40(6), 631–636. Taylor and Francis online.