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Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a regulated manual medicine discipline that focuses on the health of your whole body, and can be thought of as a holistic method of healing. This means that the body is not looked at in isolation but as part of a whole.

Osteopathy recognises that dysfunction in one area of the body can profoundly affect and manifest in other areas of the body. The goal of an Osteopathic treatment is to remove the obstacles (i.e. postural strains or imbalance) and allow the body to restore itself to a natural state of health.

In Australia, Osteopaths undergo a 5-year degree at minimum and require registration to practice. Osteopaths will often pursue other areas of training, such as dry needling, to complement their Osteopathic treatments. As a result of their study and clinical experience, Osteopaths have an expert knowledge of the workings of all your musculoskeletal system, which comprises of bones, muscles, joints, and nerves.

Osteopathic techniques are used to treat pain and restriction in the body, without the use of drugs or surgery.

Treatment techniques
Osteopaths diagnose and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system using a variety of techniques that may include:

• Stretching
• Massage
• Mobilisation
• Myofascial release
• Safe joint manipulation
• Muscle energy technique
• Cranial
• Dry needling
• Cupping
• Exercise and postural prescription

Conditions that may benefit from Osteopathy
Due to the hands-on physical nature of Osteopathic techniques, Osteopathy offers a great option for those wanting to avoid taking medication or undergoing surgery to relieve pain and physical restriction in their body. Osteopathy may benefit people of all ages suffering from:

What to expect from your treatment
During your first treatment, your Osteopath will ask you questions about your presenting condition(s) and relevant medical history. They are trained to perform basic medical examinations, such as neurological and orthopedic testing if required.

A typical treatment will then continue with soft tissue (or massage) work to the targeted muscular areas, followed by gentle mobilisation techniques. Post-treatment advice on self-care, posture, exercise and stretching will also be given.

Some patients may experience slight discomfort following their treatment. This discomfort may start immediately or 1-2 days after the treatment. This typically subsides quickly, within a 1-2 days as a rough guide.

Although every “body” is unique, as a realistic guideline, most acute cases will generally require 3-5 treatments for the full effects of Osteopathy to be gained. A famous Osteopathic maxim is “find it, fix it and leave it alone!” Once a favourable treatment outcome is reached, the patient is encouraged to maintain their health by exercise and stretching.

Feel free to ask as many questions as you like during the consultation, or even phone us and talk to one of the Osteopaths.

Our Osteopaths
We have a fantastic team of experienced Osteopaths ready to listen to your story and work with you to achieve your health goals:

Dr Jasmine FrichitthavongMelbourne CBD
Dr Craig LiaMelbourne CBD, Fitzroy North
Dr Taylor WilcoxMelbourne CBD
Dr Isabel TanFitzroy North

Dry Needling

What is Dry Needling?
Dry Needling uses fine, pre-sterilized needles for the purpose of treating muscle pain.

Dry Needling can be used to deactivate trigger points, treat overactive motor points as well as strengthen tendons and ligaments. It also helps to increase blood flow to the area. This in turn helps treat chronic muscle tension and spasm, deliver oxygen and other nutrients to the affected and painful tissues, and remove harmful metabolic waste on a cellular level.

From a neuro-physiologic point of view, dry needling can also reset motor points, neural control and stimulate other important reflex mechanisms. It has a strong effect on pain control by releasing certain neurotransmitters from the brain.

All of our practitioners have trained extensively in Dry Needling and have completed advanced certifications. They also utilise electro-needling which enhances the effects of  regular Myofascial Dry Needling, leading to better treatment outcomes for our patients.

Conditions that may benefit from Dry Needling
• Back & Neck Pain
• Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain
• Tennis/Golfers elbow
• Carpal Tunnel
• Sciatica
• Hip, Knee & Foot Pain
• Tendonitis
• Chronic Overuse (RSI)
• Muscular Pain
• General tightness
• Arthritis & Joint Pain
• Sports Injuries

Please note that Dry Needling is used alongside our Osteopathic treatments to achieve better outcomes. You can request Dry Needling to be incorporated into your appointment at no additional charge.

Cupping

What is Cupping?
Cupping therapy is based around the principle that suction from the cups draws the skin up and mobilises blood and energy around the body, encouraging the body’s natural healing process.

Cupping involves the skin and muscles being pulled into the cup, rather than compressed – much like a reverse massage or reverse pressure on the body. This causes increased blood flow to the affected area, which helps to nourish and deliver oxygen to the tissues and encouraging the healing process with the therapeutic aim of removing congestion and pain.

There are two types of Cupping available – Mobile Cupping and Fixed Cupping. Mobile Cupping involves massage oil being applied to the area prior to applying the cup. The cup is moved along the skin to treat the affected area. Fixed Cupping is used when a tight spot is encountered. The cups are applied directly to the site of pain or dysfunction and left there for 3-5 mins. Fixed Cupping may leave marks that look like perfectly round bruises but they are normal and should disappear within a couple of days.

Conditions that may benefit from cupping
• Back & Neck Pain
• Tennis/Golfers elbow
• Chronic Overuse (RSI)
• Muscular Pain
• General tightness
• Sports Injuries
• Alleviating Stress & Anxiety / Enhancing Well-being

Please note that cupping therapy is used to complement our osteopathic treatments to achieve better outcomes. You can request cupping therapy to be incorporated into your appointment at no additional charge.

Exercise Rehabilitation

What is Exercise Rehabilitation?
Exercise Rehabilitation aims to restore optimal function to parts of the body that has been strained or injured. Results are achieved through a carefully tailored selection of exercises that strengthen and mobilise the muscles and joints.

You can expect three stages within your tailored exercise rehabilitation plan to help you return to pain-free living:

Early stage rehabilitation involves gentle exercises that encourage circulation and mobility whilst allowing the damaged tissue to heal.

Mid stage rehabilitation involves progressive weight loading to the muscles, tendons, bones or ligaments to develop strength in the healed tissue. This ensures that the stresses and strains of everyday life can be endured in a safe and pain-free manner.

Late stage rehabilitation involves functional exercises and drills, to stress the new tissues. This results in improved strength, mobility and endurance, and ensures the body can withstand more strenuous movement and exercise with a reduced risk of re-injury.

Benefits of Exercise Rehabilitation:

• Faster recovery
• Reduced pain
• Improved posture
• Improved mobility and flexibility
• Improved muscle strength & physical fitness
• Improved endurance and power
• Improved balance
• Prevent recurrence of injury

Conditions that may benefit from exercise rehabilitation
• Back & Neck Pain
• Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain
• Tennis/Golfers elbow
• Carpal Tunnel
• Sciatica
• Hip, Knee & Foot Pain
• Tendonitis
• Chronic Overuse (RSI)
• Muscular Pain
• General tightness
• Arthritis & Joint Pain
• Postural Problems
• Sports Injuries
• Pregnancy related pain

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