Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who treat the body holistically. Osteopathy involves examination, diagnosis and appropriate hands on treatment in conjunction with patient education, lifestyle advise and exercise prescription.
In Australia osteopaths complete a 5 year course including a Bachelors and Masters Degree. University training includes anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. In graduating Osteopaths are registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and are insured allied health practitioners.
Osteopaths will take a through initial medical history, as well as ask questions on your current complaint. An examination provided by the practitioner will determine the diagnosis with which they will provide the appropriate techniques and advise.
Osteopaths also recognise conditions that may need a medical referral, and can point you in the right direction, if need be.
“The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
Rational treatment is based on an understanding of these principles: body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.”
– A.T. Still