Dr Kevin Finnan, Osteopath.
Osteopath near Eastwood. How Osteopathy care can help you.
When the joints in our bodies are moving as they were intended to be moved, and when these joints are well supported and stabilised by our soft tissues (which include our muscles, ligaments and fascia) then there is usually no reason for musculoskeletal pain to develop, unless an injury has been sustained. That said, why then do so many of us regularly experience aches and pain? The reason for this lies in the fact that we rarely use our bodies as they were originally intended to be used. We don’t run, swim, carry, throw and climb all day as our bodies were designed for. Instead we sit, lay and stand in awkward static positions that cause some of our joints to stiffen up, leaving our reamaining joints to do all the work. Lets take a look at the spine as an example…
The human spine is made up of 33 vertebrae and many more joints. When all of these joints are moving well, then the workload that is taken on by these joints is distributed evenly – each joint plays its part and no joint is overworked.
It is after years of prolonged sitting, standing, and bad postural habits resulting in many of these joints jamming up, that problems begin to arise. When going about your regular day-to-day activities you may not notice any problems at all, however when you try to lift something heavier than you normally would, or bend, twist or move in a way that you haven’t done for a while, because many of the joints have stiffened up, all of the strain goes to the remaining joints that are able to move. If this strain is large enough or carried out over and over, then you may end up with one or more of the common ‘degenerative’ conditions of the spine, or problems with a disc.
Identifying joints that don’t move optimally, and correcting joint motion is what Osteopath’s are specifically trained to do. By improving joint ‘mobility’ the workload of motion is able to be ‘shared around’ all of your joints and muscles as is intended.
The Osteopathic approach has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:
- Shoulder, neck and back pain
- Muscle strains and spasms
- Nerve entrapments including carpal tunnel, sciatica, and trigeminal neuralgia
- Migraines, headaches and jaw pain
- Arthritis and other joint conditions, and
- Sporting injuries
What to expect during your first visit with an Osteopath.
Your first session with an Osteopath will begin with a case history of your condition in order to establish when your pain first started, exactly what your symptoms and concerns are and how these may have changed over time, the treatments (if any) you have received to date, and the impact your condition may be having on your life.
After taking your case history, your Osteopath will carry out a hands-on examination. This will include various tests of the spine, nervous system, muscles and joints.
When the underlying cause/s of your condition have been identified (this could also require referral for an x-ray, C-T scan or MRI), your Osteopath will devise some treatment goals, with the main goal being to restore maximal, pain-free movement to your muscles and joints.
The osteopathy treatment techniques your Osteopath will use in fulfilling this goal include:
- Spinal manipulation (Also known as an ‘adjustment’)
- Joint mobilisation
- Muscle energy technique (MET)
- Soft tissue /massage
- Balanced ligamentous tension (BLT)
- Myofacial release
- Visceral manipulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
Your treatment is not painful.
The Osteopathy Difference:
Unlike the conventional approach to medicine, which often emphasises the use of pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms, osteopaths will take the time to establish a clear understanding of why your condition or concerns developed in the first place. After identifying the underlying cause of your concerns your osteopath will put into place a series of steps that will attempt to resolve the problem.
Osteopath near Eastwood. Osteopathic education.
Both our Osteopaths at Ryde Natural Health Clinic – Kevin and Kuan have undertaken 5 years of tertiary education. This includes a 3 year Bachelor of Applied Science- Osteopathy, followed by a 2 year Masters of Osteopathy.
There are many varied styles of Osteopathy treatment. Here at Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths are structural Osteopaths and
can adapt their technique to suit your needs.
Consultation Fees for Osteopaths near Eastwood.
Initial consultations with an Osteopath are $110.
Subsequent follow-up consultations are $90.
*Health Fund rebates are available from most health funds for Osteopathy services. At Ryde Natural Health Clinic we can swipe your card on the spot!
For an Osteopath near Eastwood – Why Choose Us?
- Kuan and Kevin are specialists in their field who have obtained the highest Osteopathy qualifications.
- Health fund rebates are available for all of our services – and we can swipe your card on the spot!
- All consultations are carried out in private, clean, air-conditioned rooms.
- We are available when you need us – appointments are available as early as 7am to as late as 8:30pm.
- Free parking is available right at our door!