What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine (using a ‘hands-on approach’), which recognises the important link between the structures of your body & the way it works. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves and circulation work together to improve your health & well-being.
Osteopaths apply a philosophy of treating the whole person which involves treating the cause of the problem, and the surrounding inter-related structures in order to prevent the condition from recurring. This philosophy and approach to treatment is what sets Osteopathy apart.
In Australia, Osteopaths complete a 5 year university course in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy has been practised for more than 100 years in Australia. Globally it is now widely recognised as one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies.