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What is Osteopathy?

…and what do we do?

Osteopathy is a form of hands-on manual therapy, that aims to promote health and wellbeing by focusing primarily on the musculoskeletal system, and its interrelationship with and treatment of other systems of the body, such as the nervous, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and lymphatic systems.

In Australia, Osteopaths are required to complete a rigorous, evidence-based five-year training program, which includes a Bachelor and Masters degree. Training covers a wide range of topics, including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, pathology, biochemistry, orthopaedics and clinical diagnostic and testing skills.

Osteopathy is a regulated health profession that requires practitioners to be registered with a Federal Government body, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Research suggests that Osteopathy is effective in treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions, including lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and tennis elbow. Most prominently, studies have found that osteopathic manual therapy can reduce pain, improve function, and enhance quality of life in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain.

In addition to manual therapy techniques, osteopaths in Australia may also incorporate exercise prescription, lifestyle advice, and other modalities into their treatment plans. Osteopathy is often used in conjunction with other healthcare services, such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, massage, and general medical care, to provide a holistic team-care approach to patient care.

Osteopathy is partially covered (depending on eligibility) under the Medicare Chronic Disease Management Scheme, which is accesible via a GP referral.  

Osteopaths are recognised by most Private Health Insurance companies, WorkCover Insurers, the Insurance Commission of WA and DVA.

If you’d like more information about what Osteopaths can do for you, please visit this wonderful resource from our professional association:

What is Osteo?!

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We are honoured to practice on the ancestral lands of the Whadjuk Noongar people.
We acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional owners of this land and pay respect to their Elders both past and present.