Osteopathy is for every body. At Mandala Wellness, we take the time to get to know you and your individual needs. Also, we are committed to finding a personalised treatment that will work for you.
Are you looking for an osteopath in Geelong?
Our osteopaths are focused on improving your health and wellbeing by reducing your pain and relieving your condition.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual health care that recognises the important link between the body’s structure and the way it functions. Our osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body using skilled evaluation, diagnosis, and a wide range of manual techniques. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for the 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 trained to recognise conditions requiring medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Using various methods, including soft tissue techniques, stretching, joint mobilisation, exercise prescription, advice and discussion, dysfunction in the body can be identified and appropriate treatment provided.
Why see an osteo
What do osteopaths treat?
Osteopathy may be of assistance in the treatment and management of:
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Inside the mind of an osteopath
How does osteopathy work?
As osteopaths, we don’t just focus on the initial problem you presented to us. We also identify how your current issue affects 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.
During your osteopathy appointment, we’ll observe how you walk, sit and stand, the shape of your spine, posture, and balance your shoulders and hips. We use a manual approach to examine your body, identify all aspects of your condition, and determine the best way to resolve this and lead you towards optimal health.
As osteopaths, we can work with your general practitioner and specialist to ensure that your 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. In addition, osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, and State workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Osteopathy and what to expect
What can I expect in an osteopathy treatment?
During 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 and 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. However, 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. However, if your child is the patient and they are under 18 years of age, we require that they are accompanied by their parent/guardian.