OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Osteopaths are registered health professionals trained in the diagnosis and management of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system. This means that osteopaths are usually called upon to help problems that involve pain or dysfunction of the body framework, problems such as;

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Overuse injuries
  • Tendonitis or other tendonopathies
  • Jaw or orofacial pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Pain in peripheral joints such as the hip or knee
  • Strain of muscles or connective tissue
  • Postural disorders
  • Chronic focal soft-tissue pain
  • Other problems involving the body framework

The osteopaths in our clinic aim to help manage these problems by reducing pain and normalising body structure and function. We use information obtained from patient history, physical examination and other investigations to make a diagnosis and to try to identify factors that may be contributing to the pain or dysfunction. To help manage these problems we employ a range of clinical interventions. These include;

  • Soft tissue massage and manipulation
  • Joint mobilisation, articulation and manipulation
  • Remedial exercise prescription
  • Counselling or advice on lifestyle factors
  • Use of taping or splints
  • Non-manual interventions may also be used such as acupuncture, Radial Shock Wave therapy, low level laser therapy.

ACUPUNCTURE AND CHINESE MEDICINE

Two of our practitioners, David Moor and Kai Ohlsson practice in this field. David’s clinical focus is musculoskeletal medicine and he incorporates acupuncture treatment into his management of a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal disorders. Kai Ohlsson’s practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes the use of Chinese herbal medicine as well as acupuncture. Kai uses TCM in the management of patients with a range of systemic disorders as well as musculoskeletal problems. It is well known that Traditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for some thousands of years and in that sense has certainly withstood the test of time. More recently the effectiveness of acupuncture and TCM has been subjected to scientific evaluation in the form of clinical trials. The quality of these trials has been improving in the last decade or so and a recent evaluation of the scientific literature has helped to clarify the current state of our knowledge about the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment. The Acupuncture Evidence Project (1) determined that (using NHMRC levels of evidence) there was strong evidence to support the use of acupuncture for 8 conditions. These were;
  • Allergic rhinitis (perennial & seasonal)
  • Knee osteoarthritis
  • Chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting (with antiemetics)
  • Migraine prophylaxis
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Postoperative nausea & vomiting
  • Headache (tensiontype and chronic)
  • Postoperative pain
The researchers found a moderate level of evidence to support the use of acupuncture for a further 38 conditions. A further 71 conditions were found to have “weak positive/unclear evidence”. 1. McDonald J, Janz S. The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review(Revised edition)Brisbane:Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd;2017

REMEDIAL MASSAGE

Remedial massage is a useful treatment in the management of a very wide range of disorders. It is safe and helps the body’s natural ability to heal.  There is a long list of problems or complaints that may be helped by good quality remedial massage. Some of these are;  
  • Back pain
  • Neck pan
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Muscle cramps
  • Sciatica
The list goes on but you don’t have to have a diagnosed disorder to benefit from remedial massage. There is good evidence that remedial massage increases serotonin and dopamine levels, improving mood, helping relaxation and helping to relieve pain. There is also evidence that massage can reduce cortisol levels. This is the hormone associated with stress and pain. Our remedial massage practitioner, Kai Ohlsson has exceptional skills in this field and patients have been known to rave about his treatment (no, Kai did not write this). He is able to deliver focused, deep soft tissue treatment when it is required and has the sensitivity to adjust his treatment to suit the threshold of comfort of the patient. It is this command of technique that produces such a suite of positive effects such as reduction of swelling, pain relief, better movement, muscle relaxation, stress relief and just plain feeling better.