• 478-480 Rathdowne St, Carlton North VIC 3054
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Osteopath Fitzroy North

 

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of natural medicine used to treat different types of pain and imbalance within your body. Specifically, it uses our holistic understanding of the muscles, bones, joints, nerves, tissues and organs for treatment. This manual therapy also relies on your body’s innate ability to heal and recover on its own.

At our clinic, our osteopaths use diagnosis and hands-on therapeutic skills to identify and address various musculoskeletal issues. We study your body’s condition, discuss our assessment with you then apply the best osteopathic care possible. And if you need an experienced osteopath in Fitzroy North, our nearby clinic will be happy to assist you.

What are the benefits of osteopathy?

If you are experiencing body pain at work, worrying about an existing injury or in need of drug-free treatment options, then osteopathy is for you. The best thing about this manual therapy is that it suits any age and gender. Moreover, it can address a wide range of body conditions. Here are some of its great benefits:

  • Non-invasive relief. Osteopathy uses gentle treatment techniques like massages to reduce feelings of discomfort. Here at Complete Health, we provide complete patient care by finding the origin of your body aches. This way, you get more than a quick fix for your migraine, headache and other pains.
  • Posture remedy. This one is useful for young patients. Training kids and teens on how to sit in school or carry heavy loads can help them grow into healthy adults. With osteopathy, they get to know early on the importance of caring for their bodies to avoid chronic pain or long-term issues later.
  • Prenatal care. Expectant mums go through several body changes. Increased weight, a growing belly and fluid retention all lead to backaches. Osteopathy can help maintain spinal and pelvic balance to reduce pain. Gentle treatment can ease the strain of delivery and help speed up postnatal recovery, too.
  • Quality life. Our bodies change as we age. Women, for instance, go through premenstrual syndrome, health issues after giving birth and swollen joints. Osteopathy can then help you adjust and go through each life phase with less pain and worries.
  • Injury management. Osteopaths can help relieve pain from all sorts of injuries, whether it’s tennis elbow from racquet sports or Achilles tendonitis from excessive exercise. Treatment will usually involve low-impact exercises and massages that reduce stiffness and increase blood circulation.

Choosing Complete Health for your treatment has other advantages, too. These include convenient Carlton North clinic hours, reliable osteopath close to Fitzroy North, patient-specific care and hands-on treatment.

What osteopathic treatments do we offer?

Our osteopaths at Complete Health utilise several treatment methods to match your musculoskeletal issue and its underlying causes. Here are some of them to give you an idea:

  • Articulation techniques. For this method, osteopaths apply rhythmic spine or joint mobilisation to reduce body movement restriction.
  • Soft-tissue techniques. Here, osteopaths employ light to firm massages or stretching to your body’s soft tissues like muscles, ligaments and tendons. Depending on the problem area, they can perform techniques like effleurage, percussion, cupping and acupressure, to name a few.
  • Muscle energy technique. Patients experiencing restricted joint functionality and muscle spasms benefit from this method. To do this, your osteopath will ask you to move or contract certain muscles in a specific direction with precise resistance.
  • Dry needling. This treatment uses a fine filament needle, similar to acupuncture, to loosen tight muscles. It is ideal for conditions like tennis elbow and Achilles tendonitis, sciatica, headaches, lower back pain and sports injuries.
  • Exercise therapy: Evidence based medicine has shown that enabling the body to rehabilitate via exercise in a controlled clinical setting has a greater efficiency for long term prognosis and decreases the chance of re-injury.

What should I expect in an osteopathy session?

Before we start the treatment, our qualified osteopaths will conduct a thorough 60-minute physical assessment of your condition, injury or musculoskeletal complaint. This initial step involves your medical history, osteopathic examination and explanation of your diagnosis and other contributing factors. It’s best to bring your scans, referral and medical results or reports with you. If you prefer to consult our osteopath from your Fitzroy North home, you can also take advantage of our Telehealth service.

After which, your osteopath will start developing your treatment plan based on your health goals and preference. Subsequent 30-minute sessions will then follow. Your therapy will involve hands-on therapy techniques on your skin or through light clothing. They may also give exercise advice to supplement your osteopathic care.

How to book an appointment?

Ready to bid body pains goodbye? Give us a call at 03 8683 9442 or visit our osteopath clinic in Carlton North from Monday to Saturday. You can opt for an online booking, too. If you’re looking for an osteopath near Fitzroy North, our clinic is only 5 minutes away.

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