OSTEOPATHY

Osteopathy focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal system, comprising of bones, muscles, nerves and soft tissues that support the body and movement.

What is a Osteopathy?

Osteopaths in Australia are allied health professionals who have received university qualifications and are registered by the government. They specialize in assessing and treating musculoskeletal and nervous system conditions through a variety of methods including manual therapy, clinical exercise programs, and advice on movement, posture, and ergonomics.

Additionally, osteopaths can provide ongoing support and educational guidance on lifestyle, stress management, diet, and other factors that can impact an individual’s pain, injury, or movement.

Who is Osteopathy for?

  • Paediatric Osteopathy (from newborns through to children of all ages). We assess and treat strain patterns, nervous system regulation, craniosacral rhythm and physical stress created by growth spurts, physical injuries, in-utero or birth strain patterns.
  • Pre and Post Natal Care
  • A wide range of musculoskeletal injuries including:
    • Low back pain
    • Neck pain
    • Headaches
    • Shoulder and hip pain
    • TMJ and Jaw pain
    • Increasing functional capacity and decreasing pain

What should I expect?

Your Osteopath will take the time to discuss your symptomatic concerns, followed by a comprehensive medical history to gain clarity on your overall health before moving into a physical assessment using a combination of observation, movements and some physical testing if required. This will be followed by a treatment curated to suit your needs.

Your Osteopath will explain the physical findings from the examination as well as the reasons for chosen treatments to ensure you are informed and understand how the treatment will help you.

If a child or baby is booked for treatment, a similar process will be taken. A comprehensive history of pregnancy, birth, feeding, sleeping and subsequent newborn or childhood patterns/ experiences are taking place to ensure the Osteopath has a full scope of who your little person is. Your Osteopath will then work with you and the child to perform a gentle treatment, often using a combination of craniosacral therapy and soft bodywork, to help regulate your child’s nervous system and release any strain patterns present.

Throughout the treatment there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and have the entire process of treatment explained to you. We work with you and your child, making space for feeding if required, stopping for cuddles if necessary and getting on the floor to play whilst treating if your child requires so.

Will my Osteopath talk to other professionals about my care?

We always ask your consent to discuss your care and liaise with other health care professionals such as your GP, treating specialist or surgeon, physiotherapist, personal trainer, sporting coach, sports physician or exercise physiologist. We find that in communicating with your support and health care team, your outcomes are far greater than if we were all working alone.

Why should I come to Alchemy over another clinic?

Alchemy offers clients a unique ‘one stop shop’ for health and wellness needs with a wide variety of holistic, multidisciplinary services. As a team, we work together to support our clients to achieve their goals in a timely and efficient manner.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Bring whatever scans, referral letters and information that you might have relating to your injury. Wear comfortable clothing that the osteo can see what region you are needing to be assessed (ie. shorts for a knee injury, sleeveless top for a shoulder injury).

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No.

You may be eligible for a rebate through Medicare with a Chronic Disease Management Plan however, but this is to be decided by your GP.

If you have any questions regarding funding and rebates, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly admin team and they can talk you through your options.

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