Osteopathy seeks to educate the patient and work in conjunction with other health practitioners (eg. GPs, naturopaths, massage therapists, personal trainers) about stretch and strength exercises, posture, diet and aims for long term healing rather than dependence on treatment.
Soft tissue manipulation (massage): involves releasing tension in shortened muscles.
Joint manipulation: involves a small amount of movement applied to a joint with minimum force and maximum accuracy. This technique aims to decrease pain and improve the quality of stiff and tender joints.
Muscle contraction and stretching: to improve lengthening shortened muscles.
Joint mobilisation and articulation: involves rhythmic movement
Cranial osteopathy: this gentle therapy aims to balance and strengthen the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) being the fluid which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. It is safe on children and throughout pregnancy.
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Physiotherapists – “assess, treat and diagnose people with movement problems.” (http://physiotherapy.asn.au) Physios may specialise in different areas of health (e.g. hydrotherapy) and often work in hospitals. They may employ the use of ultrasound and tens machines to aid rehabilitation.
Chiropractors – “aim to improve nervous system function primarily through chiropractic adjustments to the spine.” (http://chiropractors.asn.au) They recommend treatment to be “regular ongoing supportive care”.
Osteopaths – focus on the whole body (holistic) not just the problem area; treatment is varied and includes muscles, joints, nerves and lymphatics. Osteopaths primarily use their hands for treatment and may prescribe exercises to ensure long lasting results are achieved with minimal treatments.
For more information about the EPC program talk to your osteopath and your GP, go to the Medicare Australia website www.medicare.gov.au, or call Medicare Australia on: 132 011.
It is satisfying to have the problem area worked on and released.