Osteopathy is for every body.
At Mandala Wellness we take the time to get to know you and your individual needs. We are committed to finding a personalised treatment that will work for you.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual health care that recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of manual techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation or adjustment of specific joints and soft tissues.
In Australia, osteopaths are government-registered practitioners who complete minimum accredited university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general health care diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Using a variety of methods including soft tissue techniques, stretching, joint mobilisation, exercise prescription, advice and discussion, dysfunction in the body can be identified and appropriate treatment provided.
Osteopathy may be of assistance in the treatment and management of:
- Back, shoulder, neck, hip or sciatica pain
- Sports or traumatic injuries
- Pregnancy related issues
- Headaches or migraines
- Children and babies
- Elderly – arthritis, mobility problems, aches and pains
- Work related repetitive strain injuries (RSI).
How does Osteopathy Work?
As osteopaths we don’t just focus on the initial problem that you presented to us, we also identify how your current issue is affecting the rest of your body and how we can rebalance your entire body.
Each injury or condition is unique and can influence other systems in your body. So for an osteopath, it is important that we look at your condition in the context of your overall health. We then design an individual treatment plan for your specific needs.
We observe how you walk, sit and stand, the shape of your spine, your posture, and the balance of your shoulders and hips. We use a manual approach to examine your body, to identify all aspects of your condition, and determine the best way to resolve this and to lead you towards optimal health.
As osteopaths, we can work with your general practitioner and your specialist to ensure that your individual treatment plan is fine-tuned to your needs.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by State workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
What can I expect in an Osteopathy Treatment?
In your first consultation we will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. We will also ask about your medical history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes between osteopathic appointments you should tell your osteopath at your next consultation.
Next, we will conduct a full osteopathic examination that may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, so we may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many patients are referred to osteopaths by their doctors, other health practitioners or personal trainers. However, as osteopaths are primary care practitioners, you do not need a referral.
What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Depending on the area of your body requiring examination, your osteopath may ask you to remove some clothing. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring stretchy clothing to change into.
You may bring a chaperone if you wish. If your child is the patient and they are under 18 years of age, we require that they are accompanied by their parent/guardian.