Osteopaths are front line, primary health professionals. They work with other registered health professionals including General Practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service to their patients.
Osteopaths are able to treat ACC claims patients without referral from a medical doctor and refer for x-rays, Ultrasounds, and to other health professionals as required.
Osteopathic medicine uses Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT) to correct structural abnormalities within the body to assist the to return to good health and to alleviate dis-ease.
One of the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine emphasizes treatment of the body as a whole. This requires assessment of muscles, joints, ligaments, fasciae, vascular and neural structures. The correction of any problems found will aid the recuperative powers of the body and the return to health.
Osteopaths treat a wide range of problems that the body can suffer throughout life. A body that is not functioning properly will often give an alarm that manifests as back pain, neck pain, headache, generalized muscle ache and many other physical and functional disorders. These problems can manifest anywhere where the compensation fails to cope! Hence it is important to get to the source of the problem.
Bodies can stop function well due to acute injury or accumulated from occupational stress and repetitive strains. Pain is an alarm indicates something not working well within ourselves. The osteopath will get to the bottom of the problem by finding out what structure is not functioning properly. Often these structural components can be in the most unexpected places, hence a hands on examination is necessary to determine the source of the problem.
Osteopathic Manipulative Technique (OMT) can range from very gentle and barely perceptible to the more dramatic manipulations more commonly known as “clicking”. The technique chosen will always be the most suitable for the condition, and the needs and preference of the patient.
This range of techniques allow the osteopath to treat a wide range of problems. Those that have experienced osteopathic treatment have come to realize OMT is complementary to their current medical care. Often OMT can help reduce the volume of medications they are on for the management of pain. This is always done in conjunction with the patient’s medical General Practitioner as osteopathic treatment is complementary with medicine, not alternative!