The Principles of Osteopathy

Structure and function are inter-related.

Osteopaths recognize that every structure in the body is designed to move. Along with obvious movements, such as crawling, walking, running and skipping, they recognize the importance of internal movements including the circulation of blood, the exchange of gases during breathing, the digestion of food and elimination of waste products.

Osteopaths also understand that the body is constantly adjusting its musculoskeletal system during activity in order to maintain a sense of balance in the body and keep the eyes and ears horizontal. This sense of balance, or lack of it, is central to the Osteopathic discipline.

Osteopaths acknowledge that the body is dynamic and that each region of the body is intrinsically interconnected with every other region. For this reason, Osteopaths recognize that certain symptoms in a particular part of the body may not necessarily be caused by a problem in that area.

Most importantly, Osteopaths realize that within every child there are inherent self-regulating mechanisms. Osteopaths may assist in this process.

How Osteopathy Works

Because Osteopaths look at the "whole" picture of human functioning, they also use a variety of techniques, which acknowledge the many factors which may contribute to balance and health.

To this end, Osteopaths provide advice on diet, exercise, posture and many other aspects of daily life. This comprehensive approach to treatment complements the body's natural functions and may help achieve the highest possible level of health and happiness.

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Is Osteopathy new?

The modern roots of Osteopathic medicine date back to 1872. Dr A.T. Still, a Physician, believed that the body was created as a perfect, harmonious whole and contained the basics necessary for its own healing. He developed a system for stimulating the immune system naturally. He eliminated the use of addictive and toxic drugs from his practice and considered surgery a last resort as a means of treatment. The first Osteopaths came to Australia in 1908 from the U.S.A.

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Osteopathic medicine is a system of health care that focuses on treatment of the physical body, the joints, muscles and connective tissue with 'hands on' techniques such as deep tactile pressure, stretching and manipulation.

osteopathy-australia-logoThis has several applications including:

  • Treating muscular contractions following periods of immobility
  • Increasing the quality and range of motion in joints after muscular or joint strain

This, in turn, aims to affect the functioning of the whole body via connections with the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems. Osteopaths also offer personal advice on stretching and strengthening exercises, posture, diet, lifting procedures and stress management.

What is an Osteopath?

Osteopaths are Government Registered practitioners of manual medicine. In Australia, three universities offer undergraduate Osteopathic courses with a full-time duration of 5 years.

  • RMIT University: Bachelor of Osteopathic Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science)
  • Victorian University: Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science) and Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy)
  • Southern Cross University: Southern Cross university : Bachelor of Science (clinical science)

Do I need a referral?

No. It is not necessary to have a Doctor's referral to consult an Osteopath. However, there are increasing numbers of General Practitioners referring patients to Osteopaths and it is often necessary to consult with the patient's Doctor. Osteopaths will also refer patients to appropriate Diagnostic Examinations and/or other specialists, when necessary.

Is Osteopathic treatment available under Medicare?

Yes. With the Government initiative under Medicare Team Care Plan, patients with chronic conditions may be referred by their GP for Osteopathic medicare treatment. All other major health funds cover part of the cost of Osteopathic treatment under their ancillary or 'extras' cover. medicare

Osteopaths are registered providers for Workers' Compensation Schemes and Motor Accident Insurers.

Osteopaths are registered with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency).

hicapsIs Osteopathic treatment available under Private Health?

Yes – HICAPS is available so you can claim with your Private Health Fund on the day of your treatment.

How do I find an Osteopath?

Registered Osteopaths can be found listed under 'Osteopaths' on the Osteopathy Australia Website : or Google Osteopaths in your city.


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