Alliance Health Clinics Osteopathy. Servicing Ringwood, Mitcham, Nunawading, Vermont, Heathmont, Donvale and surrounding suburbs. We also have a clinic located in Prahran. For an appointment or if you have questions, phone today on (03) 9873 2307

What is an Osteopath?

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Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which focuses on “whole-body” treatment of the musculo-skeletal system and other functional disorders. It is guided by unique principles which:

  • Focus on the body as a unit – and as such look for the cause of a problem and not just the symptoms
  • Recognise the importance of correct biomechanics – and its influence on the body’s functional ability
  • Understand the body’s inherent ability to heal itself

What training do Osteopaths have?

In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete five years of full-time university training, which covers anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical diagnosis in addition to Osteopathic technique. Osteopaths are primary care practitioners, and are trained to be able to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to carry out standard medical examinations of the cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous system.

Is Osteopathy New?

Osteopathy was developed in America in 1874. Dr Andrew Taylor Still was a physician and surgeon who wanted to develop a system of medicine that used medication and surgery as a last resort. This contrasted with popular medical opinion of the time. He believed that the body was created as a perfect, harmonious whole and contained the basics necessary for its own healing. He developed a system for stimulating the immune system naturally. Due to his success with patients, he established the first training college, for Osteopaths, in 1892. Currently, his original concepts are practiced, by over 40,000 Osteopaths worldwide.

Osteopathy may be beneficial for:

  • Postural and mobility problems
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Sports injuries (musculoskeletal)
  • Pregnancy (back and neck pain)
  • Asthma (treatment focus on improvement of breathing via the spine and thoracic cage)
  • Sciatica (back pain)
  • Headaches (neck pain)
  • Digestive Problems (treatment focus on improvement of the skeletal system to improve movement)
  • Arthritis Pain (treatment focus on muscles and joints)

In addition, there is a wide variety of gentle non-manipulative techniques for use on infants and small children.
These can be used in the management of musckuloskeletal complaints resulting from mechanical injuries or movement restrictions eg neck movement restriction after birth.

Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques such as:

  • Soft tissue massage and stretching
  • Articulation techniques
  • Myofascial techniques
  • Manipulation
  • Visceral
  • Cranial Approach

Who can be Treated

  • Pregnant Women
  • Adults (Both Men & Women)
  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Babies

For futher information on Ostepathy, please visit the link below:

http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/research-and-evidence.html