Osteopathy is a holistic form of Manual Therapy that originated in the USA about 1872. Dr Andrew Taylor Still was a very gifted physician who developed a new manual way to treat patients, and his family. He lost 3 children to meningitis and wanted to find other ways to deal with dis-ease. He found he needed more techniques in his repetoire and experimented with manual therapy (and so Osteopathy was born) and found it to be to an essential adjunct to his healing abilities.
The underlying premis of Osteopathy is that the body functions as a whole unit – so all the individual components of the body need to function to their full capacity in order for the whole body to function optimally. One of the main principals is that “Structure governs Function” so we are interested in the way the skeleton, muscles, joints, nerves, circulation, internal organs and connective tissue are all totally interconnected and need to function as a whole unit. When this does not happen we start to get symptoms of dysfunction, which are varied, and often show up as stiffness and pain.
As Osteopaths we look to get the body back to health, by using manual techniques mainly, and then encouraging the patient to maintain this state by exercise, diet and de stressing as much as is possible in this over busy world of ours. We talk about “Somatic Dysfunction” – which is a well accepted term that is understood universally and accepted by the World Health Organisation and the British Medical Association also recognises Osteopathy as a discrete medical discipline.
Osteopaths are primary care practioners. We are also trained to carry out neurological, orthopaedic and physical examinations and we understand when patients need to be referred medically and when further tests, such as Xray CT &/or MRIs need to be done.
Osteopathic treatment can be divided up into 4 components
- Soft Tissue relaxation
- Gentle stretching with sometimes manual traction
- Osteopathic mobilising techniques – which are many and varied – Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) Counterstrain and Functional Techniques
- Then sometimes gentle, minimal force Osteopathic manipulation which is also known as mobilisation with impulse.
Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) is also part of the technique base.
There are many conditions that Osteopaths treat. The main ones are:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Extremity pain
However we also treat:
- Sporting Injuries and Muscle Strains
- General Stiffness
- Sciatica and Arthritic conditions
- Shoulder and Arm problems such as Tennis Elbow and RSI
- Preventative Health
- Pregnancy related muscular skeletal problems and many more conditions
Its basically whatever the patient presents with – and if Osteopathy is not suitable for the condition very often Acupuncture is, or other complimentary forms of healing.
Its also vital to recognize “Red Flags” and these patients presenting with these would be immediately referred on to Medical &/or Emergency care.
An Osteopath is a Primary Health Care Professional, being University trained – its now a 5 year course – and we are one of 10 registered allied health professionals that include Physiotherapists and Chiropractors. Osteopaths are required to sit board exams, and at the end of their 5 year course are eligible to become a government allied health professional having met the legal requirements necessary for this. Osteopaths then can join The Australian Osteopathic Association, and as part of that membership are required to do Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every year they are in practice. Osteopaths are also required to adhere to an accepted level of professional and ethical behavior.
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