Osteopathy as a Healthcare
Osteopathy is health care, which recognises the relationship between the body structure and its function, using gentle hands on procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range of health issues.
Osteopathy views the body from an integrative perspective treating the person as a whole to stimulate the body's own self-healing and self-regulating systems. Osteopathic care considers all body systems involved with a problem as well as the specific area of complaint. Treatment aims to investigate the source of the problem be it local to the symptoms or from another region of the body or from a more generalised cause.
Osteopathic Examination & Assessment
Osteopathic examination and treatment use the relationship between muscle tone, ligament strength, joint motion, posture and overall movement, to ensuring freedom of the musculoskeletal system, nerve pathways and blood supply. The function of circulation, breathing, digestion and other metabolic processes are explored in osteopathic care to help not only local pain presentations as well as overall health.
At a consultation an Osteopath will take a thorough history to understand the nature and cause of the complaint. They will also explore your past medical history including accidents, surgeries and illnesses; and take into account your occupation, hobbies and exercise to help to assess your health status. For children this also includes exploring details of their pregnancy and birth to ascertain what might be affecting their wellbeing.
The Osteopath will carry out a physical examination including any necessary medical tests such as orthopaedic, neurological, or cardio-respiratory examinations. They will also assess the growth and development of children. They may refer for imaging or blood tests and liaise with other health care providers as necessary. Examination of posture and movement will help the osteopath to assess how the patient’s body is functioning.
With all this information in mind the osteopath will make a diagnosis and in discussion with the patient formulate a treatment plan.
This will include ascertaining whether the patient is suitable for osteopathic care. If other care is appropriate at that time the osteopath will assist you with finding the best approach for you, which may mean referring you to another health modality or specialist.
Osteopathy uses manual therapy on the muscular and skeletal system to alleviate pain and to improve mobility. There are a range of hands on techniques, which can be used. Julie does not use any strong manipulative procedures but rather chooses techniques that place the body into positions of ease to relax muscles, allow ligaments to release joint restrictions, improve circulation to a region and modify nervous impulses to facilitate reduction of pain. Some of these Osteopathic techniques are known as Cranial, Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT) and Myofascial Release.
In Australia, osteopaths are government regulated by The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Osteopaths have a training background covering medical sciences and diagnostics, including orthopaedics, neurology and osteopathic manual therapy. This enables osteopaths to be primary health care practitioners. As such you do not require a referral from a GP to see an Osteopath. They will carry out standard medical examinations, osteopathic examinations provide conservative primary treatment and recognise conditions, which require further medical investigation.