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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which views the body as a whole and aims to treat the cause of a problem rather than just the symptoms.

 

Osteopaths assist healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function together as a single unit.

Conditions are treated through the use of manual therapy, combined with traditional medical knowledge. More specifically, manipulations and techniques which are used to assess, prevent and treat various ailments, including those of the musculoskeletal, visceral, autonomic nervous and cranial-sacral systems.

 
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Our osteopaths are registered Primary Health Care Practitioners and ACC providers, so there is no need for a doctor's referral to be seen by us.

No need for a doctor's referral to see us.

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Osteopathy is based on 4 fundamental principles

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The body is a unit, and the person represents a combination of body, mind and spirit.

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Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.

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Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles: body unity,

self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.

The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.

WHAT CAN OSTEOPATHY TREAT

Bare Neck

Muscular System

Neck & Low back pain

 

Joint pain

 

Rib & Intercostal pains 

 

Sports injuries  Muscle strains

 

Whiplash

 

Hernias & p

Protrusions

 

Tendinitis

Repetitive strain injury

 

Scoliosis,

Postural problems, Scars

 

Frozen shoulder

 

Paediatric:

Torticollis

Headache

Concussions

 

Headaches & migraines

 

Dizziness & vertigo

 

Sciatica

 

Carpel tunnel syndrome

 

Difficulty sleeping 

 

Neurological deficits

 

Stress & adrenal fatigue

 

Leg Injury

Arthritic pains Osteoarthritis

 

Joint alignment

Jaw pain

Teeth clenching

 

Shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee

& ankle sprains

 

Post surgery scars & mobilisation

 

Paediatric: Plagiocephaly

Iliac Apophysits

Overlapped cranial bones

Hands on Stomach

Gastritis, Hiatal hernia

 

Reflux

 

Abdominal swelling

 

Constipation

 

Crohn's Disease symptoms

 

Acute & chronic colics

 

Paediatric:

Colics, swallowing

difficulties, constipation

Neurological

Skeletal System

Digestive System

 
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Osteopathy for Sports, Rehabilitation and Athletic Preparation

Osteopathy is beneficial not only to help recover from injuries but also prevent them, in athletes as well as people who simply enjoy sports and exercise to keep fit.

Improving Athletic Performance 

Osteopathy is being used more and more by high profile athletes and sports teams internationally. Because of Osteopathy's holistic approach the athletes body is viewed as a whole allowing the therapist to better understand the cause of an underlying problem and not being limited just to the muscular-skeletal system. 

How can Osteopathy help my injuries?
  • Reduce painful symptoms through manual techniques

 

  • Treat the injury as well as any compensations created by the body

  • Refer for X-ray or Ultra-sound

  • Refer to a specialist doctor if necessary

  • Provide a rehabilitation programme

  • Give ongoing treatment to prevent future injury

  • Improve overall sporting performance

  • Assist your return to sport as quickly as possible

 

Osteopathy for Infants & Children

Osteopathy is a gentle treatment suitable for babies and children. Osteopaths utilise a range of gentle techniques including cranial therapy. Cranial techniques are safe, gentle and non-manipulative. They are often used when treating young children and newborn infants. Osteopaths work under the principle that there may be a number of contributing factors to the symptoms and will therefore evaluate not only the area which is producing the symptoms, but also associated areas that may be contributing to the issue.

 

Infants & Babies

Reflux, colic, plagiocephaly & torticollis, latching difficulties, irritability, breech babies.

Children & Teenagers

Headaches, neck & back pain, knee pain, ear infections, postural problems, low foot arches.

Fiona and Cedric can treat infants and babies under the age of 5.

Bianca and Luke treat children aged 5+ years.

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What techniques do Osteopaths use?

Osteopaths use a wide variety of techniques to create a unique treatment for each individual. 

Soft Tissue Techniques

 

Consist of a rhythmic stretching, deep pressure and traction. Its purpose is to move tissue fluids and to relax hypertonic muscles and myofascial layers associated with somatic dysfunction. 

HVLA (High-Velocity Low-Aplitude)

Joint manipulation is often referred to by Osteopaths as an High velocity, low amplitude or ‘HVLA’. This is a gentle, safe and effective technique designed to restore the normal movement to a joint (any joint in the body) that is stuck or not moving properly.

Visceral Techniques

 

These techniques are used to evaluate and treat the 

dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. Visceral Osteopathy increases proprioceptive communication within the body.

Cranial-Sacral

*Please note only Fiona and Cedric are qualified in cranial techniques. 

Inside the skull or cranium there is a covering over the brain, the dura, that continues down inside the spine to the tailbone or sacrum, protecting and supporting the central nervous system. This central nervous system controls the functioning of every organ, muscle and nerve in the body.

 

Cranial Osteopathy is a systematic approach to patient diagnosis and treatment utilizing the body's inherent, third wave impulse, emanating from the central nervous system and the fluctuation of cerebrospinal fluid. This is called Cranial Rhythmic Impulse (CRI).

 

This gentle, manual technique uses the CRI to treat the whole person, emphasizing the head and spinal regions.

 

 

Fascial Techniques

 

During fascial unwinding, the therapist stimulates mechanoreceptors in the fascia by applying gentle touch and stretching. Touch and stretching induce relaxation and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. They also activate the central nervous system, which is involved in the modulation of muscle tone as well as movement.

 

As a result, the central nervous system is aroused and thereby responds by encouraging muscles to find an easier, or more relaxed, position and by introducing the ideomotor action. Although the ideomotor action is generated via normal voluntary motor control systems, it is altered and experienced as an involuntary response.

 

- Minasny B. Understanding the Process of Fascial Unwinding (2009) Int J Ther Massage Bodywork. 2(3): 10–17.

Muscle Energy Techniques

 

Involving a powerful yet gentle series of techniques that can be utilized on any muscle of the body to restore normal range of motion and mechanical function.

 

What a Muscle Energy technique does is normalize the stretch reflex to its proper place. It normalizes the output of the motor neuron so that the muscle can instinctively relax to a normal state. No amount of massage or heat or stretching can do this.

 

Muscle Energy techniques are what we call “integrative” techniques, which means we spend most of the treatment correcting misaligned joints, compacted vertebra, and sheered viscera, Muscle Energy techniques are used to integrate these changes in the body and help them stay.