Osteopathy is an established system of diagnosis and hands-on treatment in which a caring approach to the patient and attention to individual needs are of primary importance. In particular, it is concerned with the inter-relationship between the structure of the body – its muscles, ligaments, and joints – and the manner in which the body functions. In simple terms, this means that we help you move better, so you feel better.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to health and stresses the importance of the musculoskeletal system (our physical body) in an individual’s health and well-being. We don’t just treat one joint or muscle, as Osteopaths recognize that the body is a complex system, which requires an understanding of how each individual joint moves within a whole system of movement.
Osteopaths utilise a wide range of techniques from gentle indirect myofascial and ligamentous methods, to massage, joint articulation, and manipulation. Each treatment is specific to you and your needs.
Osteopathic treatment is gentle and appropriate for all ages and those with complex medical conditions. This hands-on therapy can be beneficial for many conditions including back and pelvic pain, structural issues related to endometriosis and pain related to pregnancy.
How can we help you?
At Pivot we know that each individual is different. Therefore we focus on working with you and your body to create an individualised treatment plan. We include an educational component to our treatments to help you understand your issue. We believe that the more you know, the better equipped you’ll be to make the most of your busy life without needing constant treatment.
What Qualifications do Osteopaths have and what are the registration requirements?
In Australia, all osteopaths complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. University graduates hold either a double Bachelors or Masters degree qualification.
Osteopaths are required to register with the Osteopathic Board of Australia (OBA), which functions under the guidance of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA).
Osteopaths are required, by law, to maintain ongoing professional development and education every year to stay in practice. At Pivot Osteopathy we place an emphasis on exceeding the base requirements to ensure that we stay up-to-date with current research trends.
Osteopathy is not an alternative health option and has been practiced in Australia for over 100 years.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, workers’ compensation schemes and motor vehicle accident insurers.