What is Osteopathy?
For those unfamiliar with Osteopathy;
Osteopathy was developed in the 1870s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician and surgeon.
The philosophy of Osteopathy is unique and is governed by Four Core Principles;
- the Body is a Unit
- the Body is Capable of Self Healing and Maintenance
- Structure and Function are reciprocally interrelated
- Rational treatment is based on these principles above
Osteopaths treat the body and person as a whole, offering holistic health care as a complimentary medicine. Osteopaths treat the musculoskeletal system but also address the related nervous, circulatory and visceral systems.
In Australia opteopaths are government registered practictioners who complete a minimum of five years university training as a bachelors and masters degree. They are trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, medical diagnoses, diet and nutrition, psychology, biomechanics and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths will undergo a thorough medical history with the patient and perform relevant orthopaedic testing. They are trained to assess and treat the body from head to foot as relevant, and use a range of tools to identify and treat the patient and their condition.
Osteopathy Tools, Approaches and Conditions Treated
Osteopaths offer a range of manual treatments including direct and indirect techniques. Indirect techniques may be perceived as more gentle, and direct techniques more firm. Examples of techniques used include;
- Soft tissue
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Joint articulation
- myofascial relase
- fascial techniques
- cranial osteopathy
Our holistic approach may also include;
- lifestyle advice
- dietary recommendations
- pain management advice
- exercise prescription (such as strengthening and stretching exercises)
- taping recommendations
- imaging referrals
- GP letters
- recommendation of allied health products
- podiatric recommendations
- relevant medical counselling
- ergonomic assessments and advice
We treat a range of conditions such as those listed below and we treat all ages, babies to adults with some osteopaths undergoing post-graduate training in babies and paediatrics;
- back and neck pain
- sciatica and nerve pain
- headaches and migraines
- sports injuries
- work injuries and R.S.I.
- joint pain and tendonitis and muscle strains
- pregnancy related pain
- arthritic pain
For further information on services offered at Trinity Osteo, Kirwan, in Townsville please contact us and call 0468 493 277.