“To ﬁnd health should be the object of the physician.
Anyone can find disease.”
Dr Andrew Taylor Still, Founder of Osteopathy
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that focuses on total body health. Osteopaths are unique in their approach to the body, as they skilfully assess how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Osteopaths use this information to help reduce pain, restore movement and improve the function of the body.
How Do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopathy is a hands-on, drug-free manual therapy. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses soft tissue and myofascial release techniques, stretching, and joint and spinal manipulation. For some complaints the use of visceral (organ), indirect and cranial techniques may be applied. These are quite gentle, but very effective. As no two bodies are the same, neither are any two treatments, so your Osteopath will tailor the treatment to ensure you get the most out of your session.
What training do Osteopaths undertake?
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. If you have a problem not on the list, simply call and have a quick chat to see if we can help you at Townsville Osteopathy.
Who can see an Osteopath?
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners, so you do not need a referral to come see us.
Osteopathy is covered by private health funds, depending on your level of cover. If you are, you can claim on the spot with HICAPS.
Some people with chronic conditions may be eligible for a Medicare rebate if their GP arranges an Enhanced Primary Care plan.
Where did Osteopathy originate?
Osteopathy was developed in the 1870’s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician and surgeon. After treating injured soldiers from the civil war and watching 4 of his children die, Still identified that the common medical practises were frequently ineffective and at times harmful, and so there had to be a better approach to medicine. With this idea forming and through years of studying extensively, he developed the philosophies that became the basis for osteopathic medicine. He opened the first American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri in 1892.
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Also, Osteopathy Australia, our governing body, has lots of extra information @ http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/faqs.htm