Information about Treatment
Osteopaths take pride in skillfully applying manual techniques in combination with current medical testing procedures to provide the highest standard of care. Some of the manual methods used include: massage, stretching, manipulation and other gentle joint release techniques. A comprehensive list of techniques is provided below. Because no two people are the same, osteopaths will tailor these techniques to each patient and their presenting problem. Exercise and postural advice are also provided. Combined with the Osteopathic philosophy this approach delivers the most effective treatment outcome. Osteopaths are bound by strict codes of practice to use the greatest care, privacy and safety in their work.
Treatment consists of a number of Osteopathic manual approaches:
Soft tissue techniques: a variety of massage techniques many unique to Osteopathy. These can be used as stand alone techniques or as preparation for other techniques. They are designed to stretch and relax muscles and can be used in many conditions including sports injuries, back pain, overuse injuries and many other areas.
Myofascial release: a gentler form of massage technique designed to slowly release areas of tight muscles and joints. Good for acute or very painful conditions as well as treating conditions of many years duration.
Manipulation: Quick joint release techniques usually accompanied by a "popping sound". They are designed to improve mobility and alignment and decrease pain. Osteopaths are experts in determining the best way to use these techniques so they are both painless and effective.
Counterstrain: Also known as "positional release". Here a joint, muscle or tendon is taken into a position of comfort and held for a short time to release or reduce the pain or spasm in the area.
Osteopathy in the cranial field: gentle techniques applied to the sutures (joints) and muscles of the head. These powerful techniques can have a profound influence on a variety of hard to treat conditions. Such conditions include headaches, jaw problems, some forms of tinnitus, neuralgia, post traumatic incidents, whiplash etc.
Functional: Another gentle technique used in both acute and chronic conditions. These techniques are very specific and are especially effective in reducing stiffness around spinal and other joints. They work by "re-educating" the central nervous system to reset muscles and ligaments to a more normal level of functioning. They help provide more long term solutions to problems that are constantly returning.
Articulation: a variety of repetitive gentle techniques designed to mobilise stiff joints and chronic areas of tightness. Good for long standing conditions and to improve circulation.
Muscle energy techniques: so named because the patients own muscular force is used to help with the techniques. In this way the patient can control the amount of force used. These are a comprehensive set of techniques designed to realign and balance the body especially the pelvic area. They are also useful to mobilise joints, stretch and strengthen muscle and reduce muscle tightness.
Osteopathic treatment consists of a combination of the above approaches. They will obviously change from treatment to treatment depending on the patient's progress. They will also change according to patient preference. It is the Osteopathic philosophy of treatment which determines how and in what sequence these techniques will be applied and this is what makes the osteopathic approach unique.
We understand that some patients prefer a "gentler" approach to treatment, using non-force techniques, while others prefer "harder" treatments utilizing deep massage and manipulation. Our practitioners are adaptable enough to cater for different needs. Please feel free to discuss your past treatment experiences so we can formulate an approach which best suites you and your condition.