What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic therapy based on the important inter-relatedness
of our body’s structure and function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation and diagnosis osteopaths can identify
important types of dysfunction in your body. Specific manual
osteopathic techniques are used, as part of the treatment,
to help restore health.
Osteopathy, as a treatment system, was founded at the end
of the 19th century by Dr.Andrew Taylor Still. He believed
that by correcting problems in the body's structure and restoring
normal blood supply through the use of manual techniques would
free the body's ability to function and heal itself. Nowadays
osteopathy is one of the most effective and safe treatments
for a great number of our health problems.
„Movement is Life”!
This is fundamental to the philosophy of Osteopathy.
Movement is an expression of vitality and is not seen purely
as a physical activity, but more in the broader sense of “not
being static or fixed”. Mobility is important for all
structures of the body: muscles, bones, membranes, tissue,
organs, nerves and vessels. Our body always aims at maintaining
a balance. Though as soon as this balance is strongly disrupted
(e.g. surgery, scars, accidents, pregnancy, birth, inflammation
or stress) functional disorders and symptoms like pain may
Osteopathic Therapy is based on the understanding of the
body as a holistic Unit. It has self-regulatory mechanisms,
and there exists a strong interrelationship of body, structures
Osteopathy requires a rigorous scientific knowledge base with
great depth in scientific enquiry, evaluation, diagnosis and
treatment skills. This is combined with the softer arts of
listening and understanding, such as physical sensitivity,
sympathy and empathy.
As Osteopaths we use physical manipulative techniques to help
relieve strains, rebalancing interconnections to different
areas of the body and improving circulation and mobility.
It is a natural way, to help increase vitality, relieve symptoms
and allow healing to follow.
We use a wide range of techniques, including massage, craniosacral
therapy, functional medicine and joint mobilization. This
breadth of approaches and techniques allows us to focus on
every patient’s specific needs.
What can Osteopathy help with?
Osteopathy is used very effectively for many acute and chronic
disorders of the musculoskeletal system (such as back pain,
neck problems, headache, problems of the temporomandibular
joint, traumatic injuries etc.). It can also be of benefit
in some functional disorders or conditions of the autonomic
Osteopathy looks at the causes of a problem and it is the
main aim to stop a problem or injury from recurring..
Especially for babies and infants Osteopathy is an appropriate
possibility of treatment to help assist in the realignment
and balancing of the body in a gentle way.
During a natural birth considerable forces are being placed
on the infants body, especially on the head, tailbone and
spine. Problems can arise, especially if the child moves through
the birth canal in an unusual fashion or the mother has some
structural problems with her tail bones or pelvis. Not to
forget other situations, which greatly increase the force
of the baby’s head, p.e. use of forceps, vacuum extraction
or the use of oxytocic. It is easy to see why problems may
arise. Often the head is exposed to multiple and complex forces,
and it may become twisted and compressed, which can cause
irritation of the nerves in that area.
Common problems, such as impaired suckling and swallowing,
irritability of the stomach and colon, frequent spitting up
or vomiting, colics, sleeplessness and later on learning disabilities
and behavioral problems may benefit from osteopathic treatments
What happens, when I see the Osteopath?
The first consultation usually takes for up to one hour.
It involves taking a full case history, thorough examination
and, if appropriate, treatment. Subsequent treatments take
approximately half an hour, but the required time may vary
slightly depending on your needs.
Cost per treatment on enquiry
You will have to pay for your own treatment. Some private
health fund rebates may apply. Please check with your private
health fund, if your personal cover qualifies for rebates.
We aim to keep your appointments to a minimum and will be
able to tell you within a short period of time whether we
can treat you or if you require a referral. You can be assured
that Osteopathy is very safe, and one of the most effective