Osteopathy

Perth Natural Medical Clinic’s Osteopaths are:

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

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is Manual Medicine and not just about the spinal column – rather the whole body framework. Osteopathy aims to assist the body to gain normal pain-free movement and function.

Osteopaths are best known for the treatment of
Neural muscular skeletal problems such as back and neck pain, pain in other joints, headaches, whiplash, tendonitis, occupational and repetitive strain injuries and sports injuries. However, when used together with medical management, Osteopathy may also be of value in reducing the severity and frequency of symptoms in other conditions such as migraines, dysmenorrhea and tinnitus.

How do Osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths 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

Treatments are tailored for the individual

In accordance with Osteopathic principles, treatments are tailored to the individual, with safety beingtheprime consideration. The Osteopath will normally explain the type of technique to be used. Treatment is mostly gentle and painless, however, it is not uncommon after some techniques to feel a tender for a couple of days following 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 their treatment. They also refer patients to other health care practitioners when necessary.
Osteopathic consultations are covered by most major health fund.

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 5 treatments per calendar year, which are subsidized by Medicare and the Australian Government.

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