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Osteopathy
 
Definition

Osteopathy is a "whole body" system of manual therapy, based on unique biomechanical principles, which uses a wide range of techniques to treat musculo-skeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body. It also looks at the effect mechanical compromise has on the body's circulatory, nervous and endocrine systems. Treatment focuses primarily on musculoskeletal problems such as headaches, back or neck pain and joint pain. However, as the body’s musculoskeletal, lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems are all interrelated, some respiratory, circulatory and digestive problems also respond well to osteopathy.

 
 
How It Works

Osteopaths believe that a person’s body can be unbalanced or subjected to pain or illness through genetic predisposition; injury, bad posture or overuse. An osteopath attempts to rebalance the body through gentle musculoskeletal techniques that assist the body in healing itself.

 
 
Conditions

An initial consultation normally takes between 40 minutes to one hour and most straightforward problems only require three to four treatments.

An Osteopath will take a detailed medical history and will use a finely tuned sense of touch to locate various restrictions or dysfunction in various parts of the body. X-rays or blood tests may be advised to confirm an accurate diagnosis.

Osteopaths use a wide variety of hands-on techniques to care for their patients, including stretching, massage, muscle release, mobilisation and manipulation. The techniques chosen for the complaint may vary depending on how long the individual has had the problem, their age, etc. Further management may include diet advice, home exercise programs, lifting procedures, postural recommendations and stress management.

In practice the Osteopath is not so much treating the disease itself, but removing the mechanical hindrances to normal function. Osteopathic treatments are tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient’s needs.

 
 
Expect

Osteopathy is best known for the treatment of a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems, but it also has a role to play in the management of a number of other conditions. The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include:

  • back and neck pain,
  • sciatica,
  • headaches,
  • pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendinitis and muscle strains,
  • work-related and repetitive strain injuries, and
  • sports-related injuries.

However, Osteopathy can also play a significant role in pain management in arthritic conditions, and when used in conjunction with medical treatment, can be of value in reducing the severity of symptoms in conditions such as asthma, gynaecological dysfunction and chronic fatigue.

 
 
Education

  •  Bachelor of Osteopathic Science
  • Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)
  • Master of Applied Science (Osteopathy)
  • Members of the Australian Osteopathic Association

 
 
Cost

Ask YourHealth reception for the current list of fees.

 
 
Cover

Acupuncture is covered under Medicare if the acupuncturist is also a medical doctor. Many Private Health Funds cover acupuncture given my non-medical acupuncturists (depending on level of cover).

Following is a list of contact numbers to check your coverage for this therapy:

  • Axa (131243)
  • Grand United (1800 800 245)
  • Government Employees (1300 366 868)
  • HCF (131334)
  • Manchester Unity (131372)
  • MBF (132623)
  • Medibank Private (132331)
  • NIB (131463)
  • Teachers Health Fund (1300 728 188)

 
 

 

 
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