Osteopathy is a gentle, hands on approach for pain, injury and prevention.
Our Osteopaths will identify the underlying cause, rather than just treating your symptoms - ultimately providing lasting solutions.
Overall health is achieved only when you address the needs of the whole body. This is the philosophy behind Osteopathy - the whole body must function together for optimal health. If one part of the body is compromised or injured, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. Osteopathy aims to restore balance and promote your bodies natural ability to self heal. It is widely recognised as a safe and effective form of preventative medicine.
Osteopathy focuses on total body health by treating and maximising the function of the musculoskeletal system. This can then positively influence other body systems like the respiratory, nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Using a wide range of treatment techniques including soft tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, joint articulation and gentle manipulation - we will improve your posture and body mechanics.
At Ace Sports Clinic, our Osteopaths have all undertaken an intensive 5 year full-time degree including a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Osteopathy. This includes extensive anatomy and physiology training as well as pathology, exercise, general medical diagnoses and osteopathic techniques. Following accreditation, all our practitioners undergo further training in the Ace Way and keep up to date with current research through regular professional development. They are well versed in biomechanics, ergonomics, nutrition and exercise rehabilitation.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy which recognises the important link between the body’s structure and the way it functions. It is a holistic form of healthcare where practitioners consider how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs function together as a unit.
By taking the whole body into consideration, osteopaths work to identify the cause of a client’s injury and treat more than just the symptoms. For example, a common presenting complaint is clients experiencing lower back pain. One would expect treatment to be focused locally at the back where the pain is occurring. However, via a detailed assessment, our osteopaths will work to try to understand why the back began hurting in the first place. This may lead the practitioner to look at your feet and foot posture, knees or look at anterior tightness through the hips.
Our osteopaths understand that the body is a complex functional unit where the musculoskeletal system is also closely related to and dependant on the circulatory, respiratory, neurological and lymphatic systems. Therefore, osteopaths take into account all of these systems in order to formulate a holistic treatment plan.
What can Osteopaths treat?
Osteopaths can treat a wide range of conditions and can support their clients from infancy all the way through to 99 years of age (or older!)
An example of conditions that osteopaths commonly see include:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Spinal disc injuries and rehabilitation
- Sporting injuries
- Joint pain
- Tennis elbow
- Golfers elbow
- Runners knee
- Tendonitis/Tendinopathy issues
- Shoulder impingement and rotator cuff injuries
- Ankle injuries
- Postural complaints
- Workplace injuries
What does treatment involve?
During an initial consultation our osteopaths will ask a range of questions to identify the extent of your injury and pain. They will then assess your body movement using skilled evaluation and diagnostic techniques to identify areas of dysfunction.Treatment then involves hands on techniques. These techniques may include massage, stretching, gentle joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, as well as dry needling and exercise prescription. Advice on workplace ergonomics, sleeping posture, muscle imbalance and weakness are then incorporated to prevent the injury re-occurring. You will then receive a Client Care Plan which provides a clear path for your recovery.