For the treatment and management of musculo-skeletal disorders, sports injuries, back and neck pain, headaches and migraines.
Osteopathy treatment targets a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems, such as back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches and migraines, joint and muscle pain, repetitive strain and sports injuries, pre- and post-pregnancy care.
Lotus Osteopathy focuses on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit. Get out of pain and recover from injury to be your best!
Many patients are referred to osteopaths by their doctors, other health practitioners or personal trainers. Lotus Osteopathy is a primary care practitioner, which means you can make an appointment without a referral.
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
In Australia, Osteopaths are Government-registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Which conditions do osteopaths treat?
Osteopathy treats a wide variety of musculo-skeletal problems, but it also has a role to play in the management of a number of other conditions. The most common complaints for which patients consult Lotus Osteopathy include:
Back and neck pain
Headaches and migraines
Pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendonitis and muscle strains
Work-related and repetitive strain injuries
Musculo-skeletal problems during pregnancy
In addition, there is a wide variety of gentle non-manipulative techniques for use on infants and small children.
What is osteopathic treatment?
In carrying out treatments, Osteopaths can call upon what is probably the largest range of techniques used in any manual therapy.
Massage and stretching techniques.
Articulation techniques, in which joints are mobilised by being passively taken through their range of motion.
Muscle energy techniques, in which contracted muscles are released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance.
Counterstrain techniques, which achieve release of restriction by placing the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort, while applying a counter stretch to the antagonists of the tight muscles.
Functional techniques, which involve gentle mobilisation of joints in a way which probes barriers to normal movement until a way is found through the restriction.
Manipulation, which may be used where it is appropriate and safe to do so, though it is not the mainstay of most Osteopathic treatments. Osteopathic manipulations are carried out using minimum force levels in order to maximise safety and minimise patient discomfort.
Many Osteopaths also use what is known as Osteopathy in the cranial field, which is a gentle release technique particularly suited to young children and the physically frail.
Visceral techniques are used in the management of conditions affecting internal organs. These involve gentle and rhythmical stretching of the visceral areas.