The Most Common Conditions Treated by Osteopaths


You have likely heard about Osteopathy, but are perhaps unsure of what it does? Ace Sports Clinic is a trusted Osteopathy Clinic in Malvern, Melbourne that provides a range of regulated healthcare professions available in Australia. 

Osteopaths are required to hold a registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia, something that all patients can check online before seeing an Osteopath (and is something we recommend that you do).

To become an Osteopath in Australia, the completion of a five-year full-time university degree must be undertaken which includes a Master’s Degree. Read on to learn more about Osteopathy and the types of problems it can help solve.

The common conditions treated by an Osteo

Osteopathy or osteopathic medicine began in the 19th century and takes a holistic approach to the care of the musculoskeletal system in relation to health and well-being. The body’s self-healing capacity is the focus, and the treatment given is designed to support this.

Our Malvern Osteopaths recognize that your body’s structure and function are inter-connected and form the basis of fluid and free human movement.

The conditions most commonly treated by Osteopaths include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Pregnancy-related discomfort
  • Tendonitis and tendinopathy
  • Various sports injuries such as ankle sprains & rotator cuff strains
  • Headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Repetitive strain and overuse injuries

Osteopaths base their work and treatments on the notion that a musculoskeletal link exists in many conditions which can also impact other systems of the body. While these are some of the most common issues that are treated with this practice, a varied range of disorders can also be included in the Osteopathic scope.

The link between Biomechanics and Osteopathy

Biomechanics is the study of how each section of the musculoskeletal system works with or influences another part. This idea is central to Osteopathy which looks to treat joints and muscles, especially when injured, as part of the whole-body focus. This is often a beneficial approach as other parts of the musculoskeletal system will also be affected by the problem. 

As an example, let’s consider an ankle injury. When your ankle is causing you pain after an ankle sprain, you will likely walk with a limp, favouring the other foot to take most of the pressure on the un-injured side.

This imbalance can eventually become the cause of other injuries in the “normal” ankle, knee, or hip. It could even lead to back pain which will then restrict your movement even further.

An Osteopath will create a treatment strategy that takes the whole musculoskeletal system into account, paying attention to other areas of the body like the circulatory, nervous and lymphatic systems. These all play their part in the healing process, so by taking them into account, we pave the way for a quicker and more effective solution.

Osteopaths understand all the systems of your body from a movement and medical standpoint and can help get you back to enjoying the freedom of optimal motion.

What is involved in Osteopathic treatment?

An Osteopath can work anywhere on the body, from the muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons to the spine and nervous system. This often involves hands-on gentle methods, including:

  • Spinal manipulation
  • Encouraging muscles to work against resistance
  • Movement of the abdominal and pelvic areas
  • Soft tissue massage 
  • Rhythmic joint movements or articulation
  • Stretching of muscles and joint capsules
  • Strengthening
  • Advice on health enhancing behaviours

Osteopathic techniques are often quite gentle and suitable for all ages. From a simple tune-up to handling complex medical problems, Osteopathy can be of great benefit to improve your body’s performance.

Other treatment styles

Although most Osteopathy treatments are hands-on, if required, your Osteopath will determine if you will be better helped by a referral to other healthcare providers.

Our Ace Client Care Plans involve collaboration and teamwork with all our multidisciplinary team. We put your health at the centre of everything we do and always communicate in your best interests to empower you and help you to achieve your unique goals. 

An Osteo can also provide advice on injury prevention, pain management and various other rehabilitation programs to suit your needs and lifestyle. The goal of Osteopathy is to form a strategy that helps you take responsibility for your long-term health and well-being.  

This should take into consideration lifestyle and environmental factors that may be causing a problem. Quite often, this can include poor posture, stress, tension, diets and various other situations.

Osteopathy treatments may include exercise routines, relaxation and breathing techniques, and body awareness strategies that show you how to move in ways that are gentler and most efficient on your limbs.

Situations unsuitable for Osteopathy

In some severe cases that may include severely prolapsed discs, joint infections or bone diseases, the manipulations or strategies that are used by an Osteopath may not be appropriate. 

To help determine if this is the case, your Osteopath will need to understand your medical and health history. This is an important initial conversation to have with your Osteo to ensure you are treated in the context of your overall health. A thorough history and assessment allows us to provide you with the best path forward.

How do you know if you need an Osteo?

Come and see one of our Malvern Osteos who will provide the best advice and treatment for you. This may also include seeing a Physio, Chiro, Massage therapist or Podiatrist as part of our holistic, personalized approach. While there can be some overlap in specialties, ultimately building trust, rapport and understanding leads to best results. 

An easy way to understand which is the best option for you is a consultation with our team at Ace Sports Clinic who can lead you on the path to better health.  While we are an Osteopathy Clinic in Malvern Melbourne, we also offer other solutions. 

Book a consultation with our expert team Osteopathy Clinic in Malvern Melbourne at Ace Sports Clinic 

The team at Ace Sports Clinic offer a range of solutions alongside Osteo, like Physiotherapy. Our Malvern patients can significantly benefit from our team of highly trained health professionals and holistic approach to health.

Helping your body work better is our goal as opposed to just fixing an injury.  We have years of experience and are trusted by some of the best athletes and high performers around the world.

We do this via a range of therapies that will keep you active and healthy. The following options may be considered:

For those in Malvern, we recommend that you book a consultation with our friendly staff to discuss how we can best help you. If you live in constant pain or use medication daily to deal with it, let’s chat.

We can offer techniques to help you find relief and feel your best every day. We’re excited for you to join the long list of clients whose lives have improved thanks to the quality work of our skilled team. Your health is our priority, and we will do everything we can to help resolve all types of pain and injury for you.

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