What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathic techniques can be gentle or more direct depending on patient prognosis, but always honor the relationship between mind and body, taking into consideration tissue health, vitality, posture, level of activity, stress and other aspects of daily life that may impact a person’s overall wellbeing.

Osteopathic techniques are designed not just to improve function and mobility through the nervous, musculo-skeletal and other supportive tissues of the body, but to aim to aid the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

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What is osteopathy - the official definition

In Australia, osteopaths are government registered allied health practitioners who complete university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis, and osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopaths provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy; clinical exercise programs; and movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments. They may also offer therapeutic needling techniques like dry needling, trigger point therapy or acupuncture. Your osteopath may also offer ongoing support and educational advice about your lifestyle, stress management, diet or other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.


People may attend an Osteopath when they experience long term (persistent) and short term (acute) problems, like the examples below:

Back or neck pain, leg pain, postural issues, sciatica, weight bearing issues, walking issues, sports or workplace injuries, hip/knee/ankle/foot pain, shoulder/elbow/wrist pain, headache/migraines.

Source: Osteopathy Australia

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