Osteopathy Perth

Our osteopaths treat all muscular skeletal problems

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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy uses massage and other physical manipulations of muscle tissue and bones to treat a range of medical disorders. It’s a type of alternative medicine that emphasises not just the spinal column; rather the whole-body framework. Osteopathy aims to assist the body to gain normal pain-free movement and function. Perth Natural Medical Clinic has two qualified and experienced resident osteopaths at their Perth clinic. Contact us to book an appointment.

Treating muscular skeletal problems

Osteopaths are best known for the treatment of neural muscular skeletal problems such as:

  • Middle back pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in your joints
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash
  • Tendonitis
  • Occupational and repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries.

When used together with medical management, osteopathy can also be effective in reducing the severity and frequency of symptoms in other conditions such as migraines, dysmenorrhea and tinnitus.

Perth Natural Medical Clinic’s Osteopaths are:

Kevin Roberts B.Sc. (Ost.)
Dr. Christopher Rickson B.Clin.Sc. MH. DO. MAOA

Cranial sacral therapy

Cranial Sacral or Biodynamics is a gentle non-invasive treatment whereby the practitioner places their hands on the patient in different places e.g. the head, neck, lower back or the feet, whilst the patient relaxes, clears his/her mind and drifts into a sleep-like state similar to meditation.  The practitioner may gently move his/her hands to different areas of the body where the treatment proceeds. The treatment itself recognises the embryological forces and natural rhythm of the body and aims at balancing and reorganising any dysfunction or trauma that may have occurred.  Cranial sacral works with bones, tissues, fluid and potency. This form of treatment is completely safe for people of all ages – from infants through to the elderly.

How do osteopaths treat?

An osteopathic physician will use a wide variety of manual treatments, ranging from soft tissue and stretching techniques through to a range of gentle, non-invasive approaches to ease somatic dysfunction. In addition to minimal force manipulation, some of these approaches include:

  • Mobilisation (high velocity)
  • Muscle energy (resistance)
  • Treatment strain and counterstrain
  • Functional treatment
  • Cranial treatment
  • Dry needling

Treatments are tailored for the individual

In accordance with osteopathic principles, treatments are tailored to each individual, with safety being the prime consideration. Practitioners will generally explain the type of technique to be used, before commencing treatment. Osteopathic treatments are mostly gentle and painless; however, it is not uncommon to feel tender for a couple of days following a treatment.

Complementary health advice

Osteopaths generally give advice on self-help measures and lifetime issues such as diet, posture, stress management and exercise to assist with the treatments they offer. They will also refer patients to other health care practitioners when necessary. Osteopathic consultations are covered by most major health funds.

Osteopathy education & Medicare

Osteopaths are university trained usually with a degree and a master qualification. They are registered Allied Health Professionals with AHPRA and Osteopathy Australia. Osteopathy is also part of the Medicare Chronic Disease Plan where your GP can refer you for five treatments per calendar year, subsidised by Medicare and the Australian Government.

Back pain solutions

If you are suffering from back pain and are seeking a back specialist in Perth, book an appointment with one of our practitioners, they have achieved excellent results and are happy to work in conjunction with other medical practitioners and treatments.

Contact us to book an appointment with one of our osteopaths.

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