What is Osteopathy?

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 muscular skeletal system works as one holistic unit, in conjunction with the body’s nervous system, its circulation, connective tissue network and internal organs.

All qualified osteopaths complete five years of full-time university training. This training covers osteopathic philosophy and technique, anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical and orthopaedic diagnosis.

Using skilled diagnostic tools, osteopaths are able to identify important types of dysfunction in the body. Once completing a thorough diagnostic evaluation, osteopaths are able to treat the dysfunctions found with a wide range of hands-on techniques, and where appropriate advise the patient on nutrition, posture and rehabilitation exercises.

Osteopaths can successfully treat and manage:

  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash injury
  • Sports or workplace injuries

  • Headaches and migraines

  • TMJ (jaw pain)

  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Disc injury or nerve pain

  • Repetitive strain injury

  • Pre-natal and Post-natal care

  • Joint strain and injury

  • Post-surgical recovery

  • Premenstrual pain and women’s health conditions

  • Digestive discomfort

  • Arthritis
  • Shoulder pain, including rotator cuff injuries and bursitis
  • Elbow pain, including tendonitis
  • Wrist pain and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip and gluteal pain including bursitis
  • Knee pain and patella tracking problems 
  • Foot/ankle problems, including plantar fasciitis and tendonitis