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Osteopathy & You
What do osteopaths do?
Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. They know how parts of your body should work together and the impact if they do not.
Osteopaths are trained to provide:
Musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments – they use a range of tools to identify what might be happening in the body.
Manual therapy –includes a range of ‘hands-on’ techniques that may give relief from musculoskeletal pain, discomfort and may help tissues in the body.
Clinical exercise programs – activities and movement strategies for use at home, work or in other settings. Exercise may help you return to activities you enjoy, for example after an injury or surgery.
Movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments.
Therapeutic needling techniques, like dry needling, trigger point therapy or acupuncture.
Advice about your lifestyle, stress managment, diet or other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.
When might I see an osteopath?
People attend an osteopath when they experince long term (chronic) and short term (acute) problems, like the examples below:
|neck or back pain||leg pain|
|weight bearing issues||balancing and walking issues|
|muscular sprains and strains||sports injuries|
|workplace injuries||hip, knee or foot pain|
|shoulder or elbow pain||arthritis|
|tendon problems||headaches and migraines|
Osteopaths and their place in Australia's health landscape
Osteopaths are government registered, university qualified allied health professionals.
Rebates are available from most private health insurance funds with no referral. You must be referred by a GP or other doctor for Medicare (Chronic Disease Management) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs rebates. Osteopaths also provide services to Workcover, motor accident insurance schemes (such as TAC Victoria or SIRA NSW), and the NDIS (self-managed clients in some areas).
Osteopaths can refer patients to other allied health professionals, a GP, and for X-rays. You may not receive a rebate for every service so please check.
Areas of practice
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Pain management osteopaths focus on identifying and managing underlying causes of ongoing or persistent pain
Osteopaths with a focus on paediatrics may provide individual treatment and work in association with a range of other healthcare professionals. They may provide education, information, or learning sessions relating to the identified clinical and functional needs of a baby, infant, child or family.
Exercise-based rehabilitation (EBP) osteopaths uses movement and movement instruction, often with minimal hands on manual therapy, to enhance physical capacity or movement in patients