What is an osteopath?
An osteopath is an allied health practitioner who considers the functioning of the body as a whole, in particular how the body framework, called the musculoskeletal system, may be contributing to states of disease such as pain or altered function. The term osteopath is historically derived from this explanation, which postulates that disturbances in the structure and function of the body’s framework can contribute to or be associated with disease states.
Osteopaths recognise healthy motion in the body as an aspect of healthy function. Practically speaking, this can mean that if the motion of an area of the body is compromised, then not only is physical movement of the area limited, but the nerves, blood supply and drainage of that region may also be compromised. This state of altered function thus involves multiple body systems. The osteopathic approach takes this impact of altered movement on multiple body systems into account, and incorporates addressing these various systems into its treatment approach.
A simple example is that if a body region has healthy movement, then it has better blood supply, nerve supply and drainage, which is reflected in the health of that tissue. Conversely, if movement is limited and tissues are tight, blood supply and drainage are limited to some degree, and nerves within the tissue are prone to irritation, which may produce pain. The health of such tissues are compromised to some degree, as is their ability to heal from injury.
Osteopaths study a five-year undergraduate program at university, covering subjects such as detailed anatomy and physiology, pathology, radiology, clinical diagnosis and reasoning, and osteopathic hands on diagnosis and technique. Osteopaths are required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) in every state and territory of Australia. Osteopaths take a health history and are training to consider issues outside of their expertise, referring to GPs and other health practitioners when necessary. Our osteopaths are registered members of Osteopathy Australia, the national professional body representing Osteopaths in Australia.
Why choose an osteopath?
Osteopathy recognises that the parts of the body make up an interconnected whole. So when a person comes to an osteopath with a problem, the osteopath considers not only the area of the problem, but the related regions, its nerve supply, blood supply and drainage. Osteopaths seek to enable the body to move better as an interconnected whole, understanding that the body works in harmony this way. If you are looking for a more holistic assessment of your issue, and the experience of being treated as an individual where treatment is tailored to suit your particular needs, then considering giving osteopathy a try.
Why choose Balmain Osteopaths Sydney Clinic
- One to one consultations with caring professionals who are passionate about osteopathy and bringing its benefits to you and your family
- Hands-on diagnosis and treatment
- Complementary treatment options such as Low Level Laser Therapy
- Generous treatment times which give the osteopath a better understanding of your body, and you a more complete treatment experience
- Treatment approaches that cater to a wide range of conditions and suitable for the whole family – from newborns to the elderly
- Liaison with GPs, allied health practitioners, and diagnostic imaging when necessary
- HICAPS facility, rebates from Private Health Funds and Medicare Chronic Disease Management Plans when approved by your GP
- A genuine interest in understanding your problem and guiding you toward solutions which promote balance and harmony within your body and your lifestyle