How Osteopathy Works

Osteopathy is whole body, manual treatment. It is based on strengthening and balancing the musculoskeletal framework (including spine, muscles and joints). The treatment does not just focus on one isolated area. If one area of the body is in pain or restricted, it will impact the rest of the body. Osteopathic treatment works on restoring balance to all the systems of the body, for overall health and wellbeing, with positive effects on not only the musculoskeletal system but also the lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems.

The technique is non-invasive and does not use drugs. The primary goal is minimising pain and reducing body stress. From there, osteopathy aims to provide a person with greater mobility so the body can begin to heal itself.

What you can expect from an Osteopathy session

Your Osteopathy session will begin with the practitioner asking you questions about your current state and also your medical and physical history. They may ask you to remove some outer layers of clothing and request that you do some simple movements so they can observe how your body is moving and where any stiffness and difficulties are occurring.

The treatment itself will involve gentle hands-on techniques including mobilisation and manipulation of joints, soft tissue stretching and deep tactile pressure.

Your osteopath may refer you for blood tests or X-rays to assist with or confirm diagnosis. They may also refer you to another health professional (GP, or other allied health professional) if your condition required further assistance.

The first session takes around 45 minutes and your osteopath will discuss your diagnosis with you and suggest a treatment program.

Positive impacts of osteopathy can include:

  • Relief from chronic and acute pain
  • Better and more restful sleep
  • Improved appetite and digestion
  • Increased energy and vitality levels
  • Better overall health

Relationship with your Osteopath


Your osteopath is interested in your whole person. Treatment in the session will focus on relieving pain, stiffness and discomfort. It is likely your osteopath will also talk with you about other aspects of your lifestyle including: diet, exercise, work demands, daily habits, stresses.

You may be given some simple and manageable exercises to do at home, in your own time. You may also have some discussions around other lifestyle choices. Osteopathic will go a long way to helping you feel better and function better, but the best results will always come when you also take steps to care for your body and your whole self in daily life.

This might include things such as:

  • Posture awareness
  • Ergonomic work stations
  • Proper lifting techniques
  • How to avoid injuries

Osteopaths are government registered allied health professionals who adhere to strict regulatory standards of practice and confidentiality.

Osteopathy services contact

Contact us and come and see us today! For an appointment, call 03 8774 9600 or visit us at a convenient location:

Berwick Clinic

54 Kangan Drive
Berwick
VIC 3806
Phone
(03) 8774 9600
Fax
(03) 8774 9611