What Conditions do Osteopaths Treat?
At Helping Hands Osteopathy, we treat people of all ages that may be suffering with:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Neck and Shoulder pain
- Rib pain
- Elbow, wrist and hand pain
- Lower back and hip pain
- Knee, ankle and foot pain
- Pelvic pain
- Sports Injuries
- Musculoskeletal pain associated with pregnancy
- Work related injuries (eg. RSI)
- Postural issues
- and more...
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy in Australia is a hands-on, manual therapy. The philosophy of Osteopathy was born in 1874 by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, a medical physician in the USA and has grown into a very popular and effective form of treatment.
Osteopaths use hands-on techniques to provide symptom relief for your musculoskeletal pain. As an osteopath, we recognise your body’s structure and function are interrelated so we adopt a holistic approach in assessing and addressing your pain.
There are four major principles that we follow as osteopaths:
- The body is a unit
- The structure and function of your body are reciprocally interrelated
- The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms
- The body has the inherent capacity to defend itself and repair itself.
The unique approach of osteopathy is that we look beyond the site of your pain to the surrounding joints and muscles that connect to or surround the problem area. For example, if you presented with right knee pain, not only would we look at your right knee, we also look at your left knee, your lower back, pelvic joints, both hips, ankles and your feet.
We not only treat your symptoms but we investigate to find and treat the cause of your pain. Education is very important in how to best manage your pain in the short term and long term. A thorough and effective management plan in the short term may prevent the pain from returning in the future.
Osteopaths use a number of techniques ranging from soft tissue massage, joint articulation and/or manipulation to gentle stretching. We provide you with appropriate stretches and strengthening exercises as well as advice on your daily activities including postural advice, sleep position, pillow positioning, functional movements.