Osteopathy is a 130 year old form of 'hands-on the patient' western medicine, internationally renown and well respected in the bodywork community, derived from the pioneering efforts of American Doctor, Andrew Taylor Still. Osteopaths base their practice on the simple philosophy and principles of Dr Still that the body has its own medicine chest, and from head-to-toe acts as, and is, an integrated healing unit of tissues and fluids, the free movements of which exemplify health in body, mind and spirit.


A detailed holistic understanding of human anatomy and physiology provides the Doctor of Osteopathy with a rational diagnosis, treatment and management approach to each unique patient presentation.

Injuries and Disorders that might be assisted by Osteopathic Treatments

•  Musculoskeletal injuries like neck, back, shoulder, knee, feet, hip pain

  Musculoskeletal repercussions of Asthma and various disorders of breathing

•  During and post pregnancy musculoskeletal pain management

•  Repercussions of some Digestive problems

•  Arthritis related complaints

•  Ear, nose, throat, jaw and eye problems with treatable musculoskeletal components

•  Reproductive issues related to lymphatic drainage compromise

•  Migraines with musculoskeletal influences

The Osteopathic Consultation

Your medical history and presenting complaint(s) is taken,  then an assessment of your posture, breathing, and general and specific mobility follows. The diagnosis is explained to you so that you get an understanding of the treatment process, what to expect in the following days and weeks, including any exercises and other advice.

Assuming there is a rational explanation grounded in anatomy and physiology, issues from across the entire body are considered as potential treatment targets to assist the body to heal the specific complaint.

Palpation – or an intelligent hands-on approach, is the basis of finding important areas to treat and knowing when a treatment has been effective. The 'important areas' can be found through: tissue texture changes, tender tissue, asymmetrical motion/position, temperature changes, and response (sluggish or irritated).

Additional medical examinations may be performed depending on the complaint such as a hearing exam, cardiac exam, nerve exams and orthopaedic testing. You may also be sent for further testing based on the exam findings such as imaging, blood tests, and advanced functional tests (liver detoxification, bowel flora, leaky gut tests and so on). Dietary assessment forms, acid-base balance testing kits or other forms of take-home tests may be given to you to complete at home.

The Osteopathic Toolkit

Osteopaths have an unusually large 'toolkit' to draw from, such as trigger point therapy, muscle energy, myofascial release, positional release, visceral manipulation, cranio-sacral therapy, soft-tissue massage, joint play, harmonic oscillation, lymphatic mobilisation, and joint manipulation (cracking).

After a thorough assessment, an Osteopath will endeavour to use the 'right tool for the right job', and always with your understanding and consent.

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Did you know?
Your bladder is linked to your heart through your liver via a midline tissue thickening (ligament) along the front abdomen. This is a decayed remnant of the blood vessel that joined you to your mother in-utero.

Did you know?
The veins supplying the spine are valveless, which makes their drainage especially dependent on movement, similar to how blood pools at your feet if you stand still for long periods.

Did you know?
For every twenty minutes you hold a posture (like sitting at a desk), your tissues 'creep' themselves into the shortened areas, and take forty minutes or so to release themselves after coming out of position.

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