Osteopaths in Australia are government registered, five year University trained professionals. An Osteopath is qualified to diagnose and treat pain and dysfunction of the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons. Additional training by some of our Osteopaths sees them treat the musculoskeletal elements of digestive problems, with the organs having a large muscular influence on their function. Osteopaths do not treat disease, we treat people with pain.
The main feature that strikes a person when they consult an Osteopath is the time taken to determine the cause of pain rather than just treating the site of pain. An Osteopath’s main focus is to find where and why a pain or problem has arisen and treat the cause whilst educating a patient on how to prevent its return. An Osteopath involves their patient in treatment by ensuring they understand the reasons behind the pain. This may involve a simple home based stretching exercise or modifying a repetitive behaviour such as sitting poorly on a couch.
The range of complaints treated by Osteopaths is wide and varied. Osteopaths often see patients who suffer from headaches, musculoskeletal approach to dizziness, neck pain, back pain, shoulder, elbow or wrist pain, hip, knee or ankle pain. Osteopaths can treat patients of any age.