Why Osteopathy?

When trying to identify the best medical professional to see about your pains, aches and movement issues, the question often pops up “why an osteopath?” While many medical professions out there may be qualified to treat you, Osteopathy should be an option.

A holistic approach

Osteopathy looks at the body holistically. It looks at the entire body, not just the injured or painful bits, to identify the source of the problem for treatment. An osteopath will consider how the whole skeletal system, muscles, joints, circulatory and lymphatic system and internal organs work together as an entity concerning the issues you’re experiencing.

Osteopaths aim to not just treat the symptoms of your ailment but to ascertain the root cause of your issue. To restore optimal function the Osteopath will help restore optimal health and vitality through hands-on palpation, muscle testing and treatment.

Some fast facts about Osteopathy

Osteopathy has been around for more than a century. It was developed by American physician Dr Andrew Taylor Still in the 19th century. Today it is recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a traditional system of medicine.
Osteopathy is a manual treatment that is non-invasive and drug-free.
AHPRA regulates Osteopathy in Australia Osteopath under allied health care. It follows evidence-based Osteopathy in which the Osteopath integrates their clinical knowledge with the latest available research and evidence to help manage your health issues.
Osteopaths study for five years, full-time at university to qualify. Osteopathy is one of 10 regulated healthcare professions in Australia.
Osteopathic treatment works well alongside other conventional medical interventions such as surgery.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a manual, hands-on treatment that is drug-free and non-invasive. It focuses on the health of the entire body by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal structures of the body and other body systems such as the lymphatic and circulatory systems.

An osteopath will consider your physical body, emotional health, how you move, and what you do when looking at your symptoms. They see the body as an interconnected system, and often, as a result, Osteopathy will have fewer side effects than other treatment methods.

Osteopathy aims to help the body to heal itself by loosening tight muscles, increasing joint movement, improving your lymphatic and circulatory function, improving nerve communication and organ function.

In osteopathic philosophy, it is believed that misalignment of the body’s musculoskeletal system can inhibit its circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems, reducing its ability to heal itself naturally.

How does osteopathic treatment work?

Osteopathic treatment starts with an analysis of your current problems. The Osteopath will ask questions and assess your body holistically to identify what your complaint is and look at when the possible causes of your symptoms may be.

They will then use manual, hands-on treatment that focuses on the whole body, including the soft tissue such as your muscles, ligaments and tendons, the spine, and the nervous system.

Your treatment session may include:
Manual manipulation
Soft tissue massage
Visceral manipulation.
Because osteopathic treatment is gentle, it is suitable for many people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly or people struggling with complex medical issues.

Your Osteopath may devise a treatment plan that includes advice on posture, exercise routines, stretches or lifestyle changes, encouraging you to take responsibility for your long-term health and wellness.

What does an Osteopath treat?

Osteopathic treatment can help with
Headaches and Migraines
Muscle Strains and ligament sprains
Sport and surfing Injuries
Occupational injuries
Pregnancy-related pain
Back, neck, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle pain
Vertigo and more.

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Ballina Osteopath

Foundation Health is your local provider of Osteopath services. We offer a wide range of Osteo treatments to the communities surrounding Lennox Head, East Ballina, Ballina, Suffolk Park and Byron Bay.

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