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.


David’s clinical focus is musculoskeletal medicine and he incorporates acupuncture treatment into his management of a wide range of neuromusculoskeletal disorders.

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 and design of these trials has been improving in the last decade or so and it is hoped that meaningful clinical information will be forthcoming.


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 has exceptional skills in this field and patients have been known to rave about her treatment (no, she did not write this). She is able to deliver focused, deep soft tissue treatment when it is required and has the sensitivity to adjust her 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.