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

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

Paediatrics

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
AHPRA
TAC VIC
Sleepmaker
AOAC
RMIT University
NSW Workcover
Pain Australia
Red Cross Australia
MAIC QLD
VIC Worksafe
Member Advantage
Health Workforce Australia
OIA
Arthritis Australia
Victoria University
Insurance Commission of WA
Brooks Shoes
SCU
Worksafe ACT
FlexEze
National Rural Health Alliance
QLD Worksafe
AHPA
HICAPS
MAIB
DVA
SA Worksafe
Wentworth Advantage
Workcover WA
Kymdan
NSW SIRA
Medicare
Physitrack
MAC SA
VIVOBAREFOOT
OBA
NT Worksafe
Associations Forum
Better Pain Management
ESSA
Guild Insurance