August 31, 2022 2 min read

People often ask the question, “what is osteopathy and what does an osteopath do?” Most people assume osteopathy is all about ‘bone cracking’ and don’t realise it’s an all-over holistic approach. It’s a manual therapy that uses a combination of hands-on techniques to treat physical musculoskeletal disorders and restore optimal health and wellbeing.

Osteopathy is also known as osteopathic medicine. It was founded by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician in the 19th century. It’s one of ten regulated healthcare professions in Australia and Osteopaths must be registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia. 

The philosophy behind the osteopathic approach is a holistic one. It stresses the importance of the musculoskeletal system in a person’s health and well-being. Osteopathic treatment aims to support the body’s self-healing capacity.

Some of the most common conditions seen in our clinic are:

  • myalgia/muscle pain
  • low back pain
  • headaches
  • lower limb pain (hip, knee, ankle and foot)
  • upper limb pain (shoulder, elbow and wrist)
  • arthritic aches and pains
  • sports injuries
  • workplace strains and sprains
  • Tendinopathies
  • sciatica

The techniques we utilise to correct things like these are:

  • soft tissue massage=
  • Articulation
  • Stretching
  • muscle energy technique (MET)
  • joint mobilisation
  • high velocity-low amplitude manipulation
  • rigid and dynamic taping
  •  exercise prescription
  •  strength and conditioning

Seeing an Osteopath can be hugely beneficial to your overall health. Patients see a reduction in pain and an improvement in body function, flexibility, and mobility. It can give an increase in energy levels and a reduction in stress levels and muscle tension. Osteopathy has the ability to positively affect a person’s mood and mental health. Osteopathic treatment can give patients a general improvement in their overall health and sense of wellness.

Book your next Osteopathic appointment here and feel the benefits of an all-over holistic health approach. The team at Movement Studio is equipped to tailor your treatments with clinical exercise to ensure you achieve the best results.