Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that aims to optimise the body’s inherent capacity for self-repair and healing. This is achieved through ensuring appropriate blood flow, nerve supply and lymphatic drainage. It is based on the principles that structure will affect function, and vice versa; and that all the body systems function as a holistic unit. Therefore, where you are experiencing your pain may not be where the problem is. We aim to identify the original cause of the problem, thereby relieving your symptoms and providing you with longer-lasting relief.
Osteopathic treatment involves gentle hands-on techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching, joint mobilisation (articulation), Muscle Energy Technique and sometimes high velocity thrust techniques (which may produce an audible ‘click’).
Some of our osteopaths are also trained in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF). All body tissues express a subtle, rhythmical change in shape that we call involuntary motion. This motion is particularly evident in the skull, because of the way in which the 26 skull bones are joined together to allow for movement. Strain patterns in the head can translate to areas of dysfunction not only in the head but also elsewhere in the body. By assessing this involuntary motion and applying specific gentle pressure, cranial osteopaths can help the body resolve areas of strain in all areas of the body.
For more information about Osteopathy, please visit the Osteopathy Australia website.