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
postural issues sciatica
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
scoliosis osteoporosis
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

Treatment FAQs

Before your first osteopathic treatment, always be fully prepared!


Sports osteopaths aim to help patients enhance sporting performance in their chosen sport

Pain Management

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

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

Occupational Health

Occupational health osteopaths often work in primary practice as treating practitioners, assisting injured clients to return to work safely

Osteopathy Australia Partners

We work with these complementary key organisations as an essential part
of providing high quality healthcare for Australians.

TAS Workcover
Better Pain Management
Brooks Shoes
VIC Worksafe
Health Workforce Australia
Red Cross Australia
National Rural Health Alliance
Workcover WA
SA Worksafe
Member Advantage
Associations Forum
NSW Workcover
RMIT University
Arthritis Australia
Guild Insurance
QLD Worksafe
Victoria University
Worksafe ACT
Pain Australia
Wentworth Advantage
Insurance Commission of WA
NT Worksafe