Osteopathy is a patient-centred manual therapy approach to health care that recognises the relationships between the body’s structure and the way it functions. Osteopaths take a detailed case-history and examination to make a diagnosis.
They use a range of manual approaches to increase function such as deep and superficial soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation and manipulation. Osteopathy is valuable in the treatment and management of a wide range of musculo-skeletal conditions including back and neck pain, headache, joint pain, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries, sciatica, sports injuries and tendonitis. As allied health professionals, their services are covered under Medicare and private health funds.