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Osteopath at Work



Dylan Gordon

Osteopathic offers a gentle, non-invasive treatment of both acute and long term conditions offering the neuro-musculoskeletal system.

A variety of soft tissue therapies are implemented, including massage, stretching, mobilization and or manipulation.

Treatments are carried out by highly trained, government registered osteopaths.

Treatments can range from 30 – 60 minutes and are eligible for rebates from health funds and EPC programs through Medicare from your GP.

Benefits of an Osteopathic treatment:

Improves body function, flexibility and mobility

Helps with a more restful sleep pattern, not interrupted by pain

An increase in your energy levels - being more physical productive at work and at home.

A reduction in stress levels due to muscle tension.

Helps decrease neck and tension headaches

Osteopathy treats the whole body to improve function and relieve pain and discomfort .

Through the application of massage, deep muscle release, stretches and mobilization, osteopaths can relieve pressure on nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs and joints.

It is an excellent treatment for both acute, recent injuries, as well as chronic, long-term aches, stiffness and loss of movement.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognize conditions which require medical referral. Osteopathy also works well in conjunction with other natural therapies such as acupuncture, massage, naturopathy, homoeopathy, physiotherapy, etc.

You would expect your first treatment to take up to an hour, with your practitioner obtaining a history of your condition and asking any relevant health questions. Bring any relevant X-rays, reports and scans with you on this visit.

Your osteopath may then ask you to undress to your underwear, before testing limb and spinal movement and proceeding with massage, soft tissue work and any mobilization that may be necessary. Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.

The number of treatments you need depends on the condition and your response to treatment. Your osteopath will be able to tell you within a short period of time whether they can treat you or if they need to refer you to someone else.

Generally you would expect to see an improvement in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some long-term or chronic conditions may require a longer course of regular maintenance treatment.

Rebates for osteopathic treatment are available through most health funds and the treatment is covered by the Medicare Enhance Primary Care Scheme.

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