Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that follows the philosophy of body unity, focusing on diagnosing and treating the cause of many common conditions, aiming to eliminate pain and restore optimal function to the body. Osteopaths also believe in maintaining health, so follow treatment with exercise and lifestyle advice.
What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is government registered form of healthcare that involves treatment of the body through manipulation of the musculoskeletal system. It is a form of drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that recognises the important link between the body’s structure and the way it functions. Osteopaths can diagnose and treat a variety of conditions in people of all ages and backgrounds.
Osteopaths use a broad range of hands on treatment techniques to help reduce pain and improve movement in the body, allowing it to function at a more optimal level. Techniques involved can be soft tissue work, stretching, joint manipulation, muscle, facial and visceral release techniques and a range of gentle balancing techniques. Osteopaths also give exercises and home management plans when required.
In Australia Osteopathy has been practiced for over 100 years and today has grown as a recognised primary healthcare profession which utilise a combination of traditional methods and modern scientific philosophies. Osteopaths in Australia complete a minimum of five years university (double bachelor or masters degree) training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic theory and techniques.
Osteopaths almost exclusively work in private practice and consultations are subsidised by the majority of private health insurers, as well as Medicare under the Enhanced Primary Care program for patients who are eligible.
Osteopaths must partake in at least 25 hours of ongoing professional development and education every year to maintain their registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia, a subsection of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.