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Smita Patel

Smita started her own practice in 2013 in the inner South of Canberra, with the aim to build her own practice providing a full spectrum of osteopathic services. She is experienced in treating all ages, for varied conditions and in the last few years has been undertaking training for visceral manipulation techniques. Meet Dr. Smita Patel based in ACT.

Miranda Cox (Osteopath)


Why did you become an osteopath?

I wanted to work with people in health industry and was studying biomedical science at the time. I had a friend at university who had a very positive experience with a wonderful Osteopath who she was seeing for chronic back pain. I became interested in finding out more about Osteopathy and after conducting some research on the subject I was inspired to study Osteopathy myself.

What do you enjoy the most about being an osteopath?

I enjoying seeing people regain strength, trust and belief in their own bodies. I also enjoy the problem solving aspect and thinking about physics in three dimensions when I work on people's bodies.


What other hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside of Osteopathy?

Outside of work I am always pursuing personal development opportunities and practices that will help me grow. My favourite pastime in the cooler months is knitting which I find very meditative and great for maintaining fine motor skills. I am also a belly dancer and perform three different expressions of that art-form. I've learned a lot about my own body through dance and have really been challenged in my flexibility, strength and agility in being able to move segments of my body in a graceful manner.



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National Safe Work Month

Supporting October’s National Safe Work Month, Osteopathy Australia is encouraging Australians to incorporate simple movements such as stretching, standing up, walking meetings, changing postures regularly and micro-breaks into their working day to reduce the risk of developing a chronic pain problem, or a work-related musculoskeletal complaint.

Media Release: Lower back pain & Osteopathy

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints seen by a GP or healthcare professional. It is estimated that over 80% of Australians will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Lower back pain may be acute (new pain) or chronic (longstanding pain), and it can range from mild and annoying to severe and debilitating.

Osteopaths are health professionals who are highly trained to treat lower back pain. An osteopath will explain to you why your pain is present, assist to relieve it with manual therapy and identify any barriers to your recovery. During a consultation with an osteopath, your practitioner will first discuss your case and thoroughly assess your condition.