Osteopathy can be a safe, gentle and effective approach using hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems, aiming to relieve pain, discomfort and immobility. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
In Australia, Osteopaths are government-registered practitioners who complete, at minimum, a five year University Masters degree, training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
By using a holistic approach, osteopathy helps to stimulate the body’s own healing processes, aiding a return to health.