WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
Osteopathy is one of 14 health professions regulated at the federal government level by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), which also includes medicine, dentistry, nursing and psychology. All practitioners must meet the requirements of the Osteopathy Board of Australia to be registered to practice. All Osteopaths at Integrated Sports and Spinal Clinic choose to also be members of Osteopathy Australia to ensure their continuing professional development is maintained to the highest standard.
Osteopathy is a form of hands-on healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
A typical consultation will include a private and detailed medical history, discussions about your health care (and who is currently on your health care team). Your medical history and current complaint informations is then compiled with a movement and safety testing procedures that are specific to your complaint. We then inform you of your treatment choices. Provided Osteopathy is an appropriate choice a hands-on consultation will follow. These hands-on techniques may include gentle joint manipulation, soft tissue massage, stretching, joint mobilisations and a range of more indirect osteopathic techniques which aim to assist your movement and recovery. Advice for home and self-care guidance helps ensure you leave with a thorough understanding of what is happening to your body and set your expectations in a suitable place for your healing or peak performance timeframes.
Every consultation at our clinic is a two way process. It is your health-care after all and please bring any questions or concerns with you to discuss with your Osteopath. If we do not have the answer we have an amazing team of healthcare professionals we will specifically refer you to. This way you can take the best action in a timely manner.