WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy utilizes the concepts and philosophies that come from the sciences of human bio-mechanics, bio-rhythmics and bio-energetics. It is the system of diagnosis and treatment which lays main emphasis on the idea that structural and mechanical dysfunction, can lead to functional problems and disease in the body. The osteopath is most concerned with the body framework and how it is functioning in relation to the underlying bio-rhythmic and bio-energetic processes.
The body framework, the musculo-skeletal system, is the largest system in the body. It consists primarily of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue. It is the largest user of energy in the body and the largest producer of waste products.
The osteopath’s job is to diagnose and treat faults that occur in this mechanical system due to injury, stress, or any other cause and to ensure that it is functioning as efficiently as possible. When our structure is in harmony and balance, just like a well-tuned engine, it will function with the minimum of wear, stress and use of energy, leaving more energy available for living.
Treatment techniques and adjustments are specific, gentle and generally not painful. Deep massage into tight muscles can be uncomfortable but most patients report that it feels like good pain. If joints are released it is often the case that an audible “crack” can be heard. This is merely the sound of the synovial fluid of the joint causing a surface tension “pop”. As the joint surfaces release relative to one another the separation of the flat surfaces of the joint is what causes the noise. It is not the sound of discs moving “in and out of place” as has been stated in the past.
Osteopathy does not conflict with conventional medical teaching. The primary skill of the osteopath is concerned with correcting faults in the mechanics and rhythms of the body. Until recently, the medical profession had not appreciated that abnormal mechanical and rhythmical function can cause symptoms without conventionally recognizable tissue changes.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DOES MY OSTEOPATH HAVE?
In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medicine, diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous and gastro-intestinal systems.
Osteopaths are government registered primary health care practitioners. You don’t need a GP referral to make an appointment.
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