Osteopaths treat a wide range of conditions which include; back and neck pain, headaches, joint and muscle strains, sports injuries, pregnancy related aches and pains, and many other physical and functional disorders. Osteopaths are highly trained primary health care providers, who undergo five years of intensive training. Through skilled case history taking, osteopathic evaluation, and hands-on treatment, osteopaths can diagnose and treat various types of dysfunction in your body. Their study focuses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
During treatment osteopaths utilise a variety of gentle treatment techniques, which could include mobilisation to joints and soft tissues, joint manipulation, massage, and muscle energy stretches. Treatment plans are always tailored specifically to the patient and are generally suitable for pregnant ladies, children, adults and the elderly.
Osteopaths work closely with other registered healthcare providers; including GP's, surgeons, midwives , and counsellors in order to provide the best care to their patients.
Osteopaths are also registered ACC treatment providers. You do not require a referral from your GP to receive ACC covered treatment. Osteopathic treatment is also covered by some private health insurers.