What is Osteopathy?


Osteopathy a form of manual medicine, that focuses on healing musculoskeletal problems and aiding movement throughout the body. Osteopaths recognise that the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a unit.
Osteopaths assist the body’s self healing mechanisms and is therefore more able to cope with demands have been placed upon it, such as trauma, pregnancy, birthing or athleticism.

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Different modalities can be confusing for people trying to decide what type of treatment they should have. There is indeed a lot of overlap between the professions in terms of treatment techniques and advice. It is also important to realise that all Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy practitioners require the same length of training at University standard and we are all primary care Allied Health Care Practitioners.

How Osteopathy differs is the fact that treatment is based on 4 fundamental principles.
The 4 fundamental principles being;

  • 1. The Body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind and spirit.
    Good health requires a balance of these three components.
  • 2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
    Osteopaths enhance your internal environment to catalyse your self-healing processes.
  • 3. Structure and function are connected.
    The relationship between anatomy and physiology is interrelated. Both systems need to be working efficiently for good health. Osteopathy addresses both aspects.
  • 4. Osteopathic treatment is based on the above three principles.

No. You can just call to make an appointment.

Your initial consultation – A full case history will be taken, including your reasons for being there, as well as gaining information about your past medical and surgical history, any traumas, accidents and hospitalisations.

Osteopathy is a holistic form of medicine.Therefore, many aspects of your life will be explored as Osteopathic treatment progresses in order to gain better insight as to how injury came about and how future injuries can be prevented. You may be asked for information about your diet, lifestyle, children, exercises, hobbies and activities.

Following the consultation, you will be examined. Examinations include biomechanical analysis, postural assessment, palpation, as well as any special orthopaedic or clinical tests. The examination may include checking your blood pressure or conducting basic neurological testing.
The information obtained from your case history and examination allows a working diagnosis to be established so treatment can proceed. Occasionally you may need to be referred to your doctor for further investigations prior to commencing Osteopathic treatment.


Osteopathic treatment techniques may include soft tissue massage, stretching, muscle energy, high velocity thrusts (where an audible click can sometimes be heard), low-amplitude articulations and some more indirect techniques including cranial treatment.
Dry Needling is another technique that may be incorporated into your Osteopathic treatment plan. It can be extremely effective for myofascial pain symptoms and sports injuries. Acupuncture needles are used to release myofascial trigger points, which are painful areas identified in the muscle or fascia. Such treatments complement and further enhance the effectiveness of your treatment.

On average, most people require 3-4 Osteopathic treatments, however, it will depend on the nature and degree of your condition. There are many variables that affect your healing such as age, compliance, medical history and the length of time you have had the condition. When you are feeling better, it is advisable to come for Osteopathic treatment regularly to prevent future injury and to keep you healthy. It is very much a case-by-case scenario for each individual.

We no longer bill directly to insurance companies. We are happy to treat you if you have a claim, however you will need to pay the full price and claim your expenses from your insurance company.

Yes if you have an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program from your GP specifying Osteopathic services. In conjunction to your pain, you will need to have a chronic medical condition (such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, asthma) in order to qualify for an EPC program. If you have an EPC referral from your doctor, you can have 5 treatments per calendar year. Medicare will cover some of the cost. You will still need to pay the gap to us.

Yes as long as you have ‘Extras’, then Osteopathy is usually covered. You will usually still need to pay a gap. At Village Health we have HICAPS and so instant health fund rebates are available.

Yes, providing you are a white or gold card holder. You will still need the relevant referral papers from your GP.