Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare that 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. Osteopaths use a wide range of hands on techniques to identify important types of dysfunctions in your body.
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. They are also primary healthcare practitioners (no referral is required for private patients) who are also trained to recognise conditions that require further medical referral.
Osteopathy was founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still in 1874, who was a doctor on the Missouri frontier, discovered that health can be realised only when all of the tissues and cells of the body function together in harmonious motion. Osteopathy is based on a human being's innate capacity for self-healing, Dr Still believed that if the osteopathic could remove the obstructions in the system, nature would provide the healing.
The osteopathic profession is established in over 50 countries and makes a significant contribution to healthcare across the globe according to a report released by the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA). Globally Australia has been at the forefront of osteopathy for decades. Osteopathy has been practiced in Australia for over 100 years and has been taught in universities since the early 1980s.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers. In some cases you will need a referral from your GP - please contact us if you need any further clarification.
We currently have three osteopaths, Dr Alicia Cannon and Dr Laura Addinsall, working at the clinic who uses a range of techniques such as soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, muscle energy technique (stretching), some high velocity low amplitude technique, dry needling, cranial and other indirect techniques. An initial appointment is for 45 minutes to 1 hour and return visits are generally for 30 minutes.
Osteopaths are known to treat different areas of the body such as back and neck pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, shoulder, elbow pain, hip and groin pain, knee pain, ankle sprains, foot pain, bursitis, tendonitis, sports injuries, posture, seniors and pregnancy. If you have any specific questions about what osteopathy can do, please call the clinic on 03 9388 1233.