People come to see an osteopath because there is a problem. However, the osteopath is interested in both the problem and the whole person.
Osteopathy is an individualized approach to restoring biomechanical function and is not a formulaic method of techniques applied to conditions. The osteopath will consider the age of the individual and the nature of the problem, and select treatment techniques appropriate to the person, the condition and the age group.
Osteopaths aim to identify the factors causing the symptoms, to treat the tissue stresses within the body in order to create favorable circumstances to return to balance, and to advise on how to maintain health and function.
An osteopath is trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of dysfunction. They seek to find answers both within the body and clues in the external environment that may be contributing to the problem.
At Balmain Osteopaths we offer a 60 minute initial consultation and 40 a minute subsequent consultation. We find that a longer consultation time enables us to offer a better service through spending more time with the patient to address the often multiple elements, and allows for patient education and discussion of concerns.
Osteopaths are like mechanics for the body:
The osteopath is concerned with the mechanical aspect of the body’s structures and functions. This includes evaluating joint range of motion, muscle and connective tissue function, breathing efficiency, nerve function, and the circulation & drainage of the body fluids.
The osteopath uses their eyes and hands look for asymmetry, motion restriction, and the texture and tension of the connective tissues. This informs the osteopath about the condition, where treatment is most needed, and how severe or long standing the problem is.
Parts that make a whole:
If a part of body is out of balance then it has the potential to affect the mechanical function of the body as a whole. Osteopathy takes this dynamic relationship into account because it considers the problem and how it relates to the whole health of the person and their lifestyle.
*the above is intended to give an overview of the osteopathic approach at our practice, however please note that not all of the above may be offered in one consultation.