What is Osteopathy
Wodonga Osteopathic Clinic - Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine 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 holistically.
As Osteopaths, we take a thorough medical history. The physical examination will vary depending on the presenting complaint. It can include range of motion, orthopaedic and neurological testing of the area affected. We may also examine the different systems of the body i.e. neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal to determine a probable diagnosis. If the diagnosis is within our scope to treat, we will proceed with treatment, otherwise we refer to the general practitioner or appropriate healthcare practitioner.
The treatments include soft tissue techniques (such as muscle strengthening and stretching), and joint mobility techniques. Some Osteopaths also utilise dry needle therapy (using the same needles as acupuncture). The final stage of treatment involves a reassessment of the condition and further discussion of ongoing management strategies, which may include exercise prescription or nutritional advice.
Training & Qualifications
In Australia, osteopaths are university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.