Osteopathy is a holistic healthcare profession that focuses on the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the human body – the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments. Osteopaths are primary healthcare professionals who undertake a minimum of five years tertiary study, and are registered with AHPRA.
Osteopaths utilise a variety of techniques to reduce pain and increase daily function so that you can get back to the things you love doing. They provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy including massage, stretching, mobilisation, exercise programs and postural/positioning/ergonomic assessments.
Our Osteopath – Dr. Emily Collins offers Osteopathic services at our Mitcham clinic.
Osteopathy treats a wide variety of musculoskeletal complains including pain in the neck, back, hips, ankles and feet. Osteopaths can also manage workplace injuries, post-surgery rehabilitation, postural issues, scoliosis, arthritis, tendon problems, muscle/joint sprains, headaches/migraines and chronic pain conditions.
Osteopathy includes hands on treatments such as soft tissue massage, stretching, dry needling, mobilisation and manipulation (commonly known as “cracking”). Each treatment is personalised so will vary from person to person. Your osteopath may also prescribe you with exercises, stretches or lifestyle changes to help improve your injury or presenting concern.
Osteopaths take a “whole body approach” so they will look not only at the site of your pain but also at the surrounding areas of your complaint to see if they are contributing to your pain/injury.
It is important that you feel comfortable, so it would be best to wear a loose shirt or t-shirt, loose pants or shorts, or bring loose clothes with you to change into at the appointment.
If you have any X-rays, diagnostic imaging, test results, reports or letters from your doctors, please bring them along too.
Your osteopath will ask about your problems and symptoms, including your medical history and any medications you are taking. They will then conduct an examination which may include orthopaedic or neurological tests, and movement and postural assessments to help form a diagnosis.
If clinically indicated, your osteopath may do some hands-on treatment and prescribe you with clinical exercises to do at home to help manage your condition. Depending on your diagnosis, your osteopath may refer you to another professional for further tests.
1 hour | $130
30 minutes | $99
45 minutes | $130
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