Osteopathy is a holistic manual medicine that helps in the recovery from a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Osteopaths recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions and aim to find the cause of pain/dysfunction rather than just treating its symptoms.
Treatment focuses on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function together as an integrated whole. For example, a structural problem in the body can affect mobility and function and can lead to another problem elsewhere in the body.
Conditions treated include:
In Australia, osteopaths are government-registered practitioners who complete a minimum of 5 years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopaths are primary care practitioners, which means you do not need a referral from a GP. They are trained to determine whether you will benefit from osteopathic treatment, or whether you need to be referred on. They can also refer you for any necessary x-rays or scans.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by State workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Osteopaths are a qualified and integral part of the Australian health care system. They work alongside GP’s, obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives, lactation consultants and other health care professionals.
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