What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy, or Osteopathic Medicine, was founded in the 19th century by the American physician Dr Andrew Taylor Still. Osteopathy is a holistic manual medicine that aims to treat the neuro-musculoskeletal system. Through a range of various techniques an Osteopath is able to improve function of the nervous system, assist in joint mobility, increase blood flow, relieve muscle tension and promote the body’s ability to self heal. These techniques include:

  • Spinal and joint manipulation
  • Muscle energy techniques 
  • Trigger point release therapy 
  • Articulation of joints using a gentle rhythmic movement 
  • Rehabilitation 

At Anderson Health our Osteopaths provide a different approach which strongly focuses on the function of the nervous system through spinal and joint manipulation to ensure you reach your optimal health. 

What do we treat?

  • Chronic and acute conditions 
  • Pain management 
  • Postural issues 
  • Neck and back pain 
  • Pain in the extremities 
  • Sciatica 
  • Scoliosis 
  • Arthritis 
  • Sporting injuries
  • Radiating pain in the arms and legs
  • Headaches and migraines 
  • Pregnancy, children and infants

What can I expect from my first consultation?

We ask that you please arrive early to allow yourself time to fill in the new patient form and to discuss consent with your practitioner prior to your treatment. 

Please bring any supporting documentation to your appointment. For example, MRI or X-Ray reports. 

The Osteopath will ask questions about your presenting complaint and any past medical, social, and family history. The Osteopath will then go through a systematic review followed by a clinical assessment which may include neurological, orthopaedic, and functional movement assessments to construct a working diagnosis.  

Osteopaths believe in treating with a holistic approach, therefore they may treat areas that they feel are associated with your presenting complaint. For example, if you are experiencing hip pain, the practitioner may also assess your back. 

The Osteopath will be able to provide you with rehabilitation techniques at the end of your consultation that will aid in the management of your condition between your initial consultation and the follow up diagnosis and treatment appointment.

Dry Needling 

Dry needling, or sometimes known as myofascial trigger point dry needling, is a very specific technique that involves the use of very fine filament or hypodermic needles that are inserted into the skin to help resolve muscular tension or dysfunction. Based upon traditional acupuncture, dry needling differs from its counterpart by targeting myofascial trigger points within the muscle. These trigger points are hyperirritable muscle fibres that form knots and can often cause referred pain when present. By applying these needles directly into the trigger point, it allows the muscular knots to release both stress and tension thus restoring normal function to the body.