About Osteopathy

Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs work together as a whole functional unit.

Restrictions in joint movements, areas of tension and tightness in the muscles, and problems in the connective tissues under the skin are examined and evaluated. These are treated using a wide range of hands on techniques.

In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum 5 years of accredited university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths have training in standard medical examination of the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems and are able to assist you with referral to an appropriate medical practitioner if required.

Osteopaths make their choice of treatment depending upon the patient and the condition, and may give advice on posture, exercise, lifting procedures, nutrition etc.

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What conditions do Osteopaths treat?

Each injury is unique so osteopathic treatment will vary from person to person.
Osteopaths assess the mobility of problem areas, ask you questions and make a diagnosis to work out the best treatment plan for each patient.

Osteopaths treat more than you think. They focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit.
It is also very satisfying to motivate someone with ongoing problems to exercise well and alter their posture and activities to help maintain the problem at an acceptable level. Giving the patient some responsibility for part of their health care is paramount.

Osteopathic treatment is most commonly sought for musculo-skeletal problems such as:

  • Neck/back pain
  • Repetitive muscle strains - such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & tennis/golfers elbow
  • Sporting injuries
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Postural strain
  • Sciatica, disc injury
  • Arthritic/joint pain
  • Tendonitis/bursitis
  • Shoulder pain/injuries
  • Pregnancy related pelvic pain
  • Foot pain, plantar fasciitis

For current research relevant to osteopathic treatment of musculoskeletal pain please click here


Osteopathy and Children


At Western Region Health and Osteopathy we have a team of Osteopaths with keen clinical interest in the treatment of babies, particularly following birth and in their first year of life. 

Clinical experience is invaluable when it comes to the management of infants and we appreciate just how important these first few months can be.  As a result we have established an internal program at Western Region Health requiring all Practitioners to gain at least two years of valuable, supervised experience in observation, assessment and treatment before being able to consult with infants.

We understand the arrival of a new born baby can be an extremely challenging time, with sleepless nights and in many cases, a household to run.  As Osteopaths we specifically look to address the musculoskeletal restrictions that can occur in conjunction with; reflux, tongue tie, feeding, settling and sleep issues.

We have formed close relationships and an ongoing referral base amongst many local Maternal Child and Health Nurses, Midwives, Lactation Consultants, Paediatricians, Obstetricians and Dentists who specialise in tongue tie frenectomy.


In children, we commonly address musculoskeletal restrictions in an effort to assist with achieving improved health in conditions such as postural dysfunction, orthotics, asthma, falls and congenital conditions relating to Sever’s disease, Osgood Schlatter’s and hip dysfunction. 

Although we get asked quite regularly, there is limited published Osteopathic evidence in the treatment of behavioural problems or bed wetting, but work is being done in this area to build this base. We are able to work with these children through education and support alongside their parents. 

We are more than happy to answer any further questions you may have over the phone or in person, so please feel free to call today and speak with an Osteopath at the clinic.

For the current research relevant to osteopathic treatment of babies and children please click here

How long is an Osteopathic treatment?

Initial treatment takes approximately 40-45 minutes. The Osteopath treats one patient at a time, and is in the room with the patient for the duration of the treatment session. In this time we take a full case history, and perform any physical, orthopaedic or neurological examinations that may be necessary in order to reach an accurate diagnosis.

Any further treatments are approximately 30 minutes. In this consultation the Osteopath will again treat the patient and assess the improvement of the condition. 

What techniques does an Osteopath use?

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, so hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation.
Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.

There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.

You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, please do not hesitate to contact your Osteopath to discuss your concerns.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance.

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What does an Osteopath treat?

Osteopathy and Children

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