Osteopathy is a form of manual (hands on) medicine first practiced in the 1870s in the US by Andrew Taylor Still, a physician and civil war surgeon.
Osteopaths look at the body as a whole unit, not just as an injured part. Osteopathy can be used to treat muscle and joint pain, back pain, headaches, jaw pain, shoulder and neck issues, hip, knee and foot problems but is also helpful in the management of conditions such as asthma, digestive complaints, pelvic pain, menstrual issues and many others!
Osteopaths have a minimum of 5 years full-time osteopathic education at University studying Anatomy (lots of Anatomy!) as well as medical sciences such as Pathology, Radiology, Neurology, Pharmacology, Biomechanics and Exercise Rehabilitation. As Board Registered professionals, Osteopaths are required to maintain a high degree of current competence and knowledge as well as professional standards of conduct.
Osteopaths take a caring and individual approach to treating patients. No matter what the issue, each person is treated as an individual and treatment and advice is tailored to suit their needs.When you visit, we take an extensive history to work out the likely source of your issue. This covers your medical history, any previous accidents or injuries you may have had, your occupation, sports and hobbies, your posture and lifestyle, as well as your diet, medications and your general wellbeing.
This may involve any of the following:
- Muscle and Connective Tissue Stretching
- Rhythmic Joint Movements
- Muscle Energy Technique
- Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
- Joint Manipulation
- Structured Exercise and Movement Programs
- Myofascial Release or Gentle Ligamentous techniques
- Dry needling (this is NOT acupuncture but the needles used are the same
- Biomechanical and Functional assessments
- X Rays or MRI
Osteopaths work closely with Medical and other Health Professionals such as Podiatrists, Exercise Physiologists, Psychologists, Midwives and Naturopaths and are happy to organise a referral as required and liaise with your GP.
All Osteopaths are registered with APHRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) and the Osteopathy Board of Australia.
Osteopaths love giving helpful and informative advice about improving your health and lifestyle choices. Your health is an investment in your future and good advice is invaluable!
HICAPS claims are processed on site, as are Medicare refunds for EPC plans.
Whether you want to maintain your current mobility and strength, improve how you are moving or recover from a new or old injury, ProActive Movement can help.
What is ProActive Movement about?
- It’s all about you and your movement goals
- Its about being able to do the things you love, with those you love.
- Its about investment in your health for the long term.
- Its about having lots of fun and enough challenge to get you moving better!
- Convenience…you choose the appointment time rather than having to fit in with a class
What’s included in the program?
ProActive Movement begins after your Initial Osteopathy Appointment. Once you have been assessed, we decide how best we can help you with treatment and structured movement.
Initially, both treatment and movement may be required and as progress is made, smooth and efficient movement that suits your particular demands (sport, work, garden, grandchildren!) becomes the norm. Occasional check-ins to keep you moving well are the final phase.
- An initial assessment session to see how you are currently moving.
- Creation of a tailored movement program to meet your goals
- Treatment and movement, movement, then maintenance
Your program may include:
- Functional Exercises (to improve joint mobility and control in multiple planes)
- Weights, Bands and Kettlebells (to build strength)
- Clinical Pilates on floor and reformer (for strength and control)
- Sensory exercises and movement awareness/proprioception
(A Reformer is a traditional piece of Pilates equipment that consists of a moveable platform that is spring loaded to provide resistance)
What does it cost?
Treatment and movement are combined inside the Initial and Return Osteopathy Appointment fees – Health Fund Rebates may apply
Movement only appointments are considered part of treatment and are charged at Return Appointment fees – Health Fund Rebates may apply
Sessions are claimable on your private health policy (up to its limit) if you have Extras cover for Osteopathy…
You may be eligible for an Enhanced Primary Care Plan from your GP. This gives you a rebate from Medicare for 5 sessions per calendar year.
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Dry needling works with the nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) to reduce pain felt by the body. It does this by decreasing different types of information (nociceptive input) coming into the nervous system from the body that may then be interpreted as pain by the brain (1). This allows the body to perceive less pain and produces other changes in the muscle itself that encourage better function.
Dommerholt, J et al (2013). Trigger Point Dry Needling. An Evidenced and Clinical Based Approach. Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, USA.
Dry needling is useful in jaw pain and headache, shoulder and arm pain, back pain, leg soreness and buttock pain. Despite it’s name, Dry Needling is virtually painless and great relief can be gained from using it. If you haven’t tried it, why not give it a go! Feel free to book an appointment , call to discuss your needs or email me with any questions you may have.
Dry needling is NOT acupuncture, but does use acupuncture needles to great effect.
Exercise as Medicine
Whether you have a recent injury, a joint that has ‘never been quite right’ after a previous injury or you’re just not moving as well as you would like to, gaining better function is a priority.
Moving well allows you to enjoy life and all the activities and opportunities it offers. It is also a great investment in your health for the future. Strength, mobility and agility may reduce the amount of falls you might have, allow you to travel and adventure more comfortably, chase your kids or grandkids around, or whip their butts on the tennis court (I know my Dad used to do this to me!)
Moving well may help you sleep better, feel more confidence in your body and improve your posture and your headspace. Weight bearing activity is also essential for maintaining bone strength and health.
I can assess your existing level of function for activities that you do everyday at home, at work or at play that you might currently find challenging and work out a treatment and exercise plan to restore comfort and mobility.
You might like to check out the ProActive Movement Program, Book an Assessment or call to learn how we can help you.
Dr Kate Caine is also a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist. So….when do you need osteopathic massage versus a full Osteopathic treatment?
- If you are feeling a bit stiff and sore all over but don’t have a specific injury or pain that is of concern
- Would like specific, directed muscular treatment for areas restriction and tightness that relaxation massage doesn’t address
- Have several areas of muscular tightness that need addressing
- If you are training for OR recovering from a sporting event
- Are undergoing stressful time in life
- Spend prolonged periods of time in one position
- If you have overexerted yourself doing leisure pursuits!!!
Please Note: This service is available to existing patients only. New Patients will need to book in for an initial appointment for assessment to ensure there are not more serious conditions that need to be addressed.
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