What You Need to Know Before Visiting an Osteopath

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Thinking about visiting an Osteopath in Mill Park? If you’ve never visited an Osteopath before, it’s only natural that you might have some questions.

In this article, we’ll cover what Osteopathy is, the health conditions it helps, and what you can expect during your first visit to an Osteopath in Mill Park.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare. It involves “hands-on” techniques that aim to improve muscles, joints and the spine.

Unlike other modalities like physiotherapy and chiropractic, an Osteopath doesn’t focus on the problem area of the body but rather works to balance all body systems. This results in overall health and wellbeing rather than just fixing one problem.

Osteopathic has a variety of evidence-based hands-on and rehab techniques, including stretching, exercise rehabilitation, gentle pressure, resistance, dry needling, joint mobilisation/manipulation, rehabilitation from sport or work injuries.

What conditions improve with Osteopathic treatments?

An Osteopath can help to alleviate symptoms from a wide range of conditions.

Conditions that benefit from Osteopathy include;

  • Back pain, neck pain and sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Foot, ankle, knee, and hip pain
  • Hand, shoulder and elbow pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Problems from poor posture
  • Sports injuries

What to expect when you visit an Osteopath in Mill Park?

When visiting an Osteopath near Mill Park for the first time you will be asked to fill out a consultation form detailing your medical history and current symptoms.

During your first session, your Osteopath will ask you about your health conditions and take notes. You will then have your physical body examined. This is usually completed fully clothed unless the removal of some clothing is required to make a diagnosis.

You may then be asked to demonstrate some simple stretches or movements so your osteopath can analyse your posture and mobility.

From there, your osteopath will assess the health of your joints, ligaments and tissues utilising a highly skilled method of touch known as palpation.

After your first session, your Osteopath will recommend a treatment plan and several follow up sessions may be scheduled.

Benefits of Osteopathy

Many benefits come along with visiting an Osteopath near Mill Park. Some benefits include;

  • Relief from back pain and sciatica
  • Reduced levels of insomnia due to chronic pain
  • Balanced nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems
  • Stress reduction
  • Better posture

How much does an Osteopath in Mill Park cost?

Costs vary depending on whether or not you have health insurance, are a student or a senior. Most health insurance funds cover some out of pocket costs for Osteopathic treatments. Check with your fund to see how much you could save.

Book your session with an Osteopath in Mill Park today

At OsteoCare Craigieburn, all of our Osteopaths are members of the Australian Osteopathic Association. We have extensive knowledge of the human body and come equipped with a variety of techniques including articulation, joint manipulation, stretching and massage.

Let us help you find some relief from back pain, neck pain, tension headaches and more.

Life’s too short to live in pain – give us a call on 1800 067 836 or visit our clinic at Level 1, 31 Craigieburn Road, Craigieburn.