Dr Kevin Finnan, Osteopath.
Osteopath near Gladesville. How Osteopathy care can help you.
When every joint in your body is moving in the way it was intended to move, and when these joints are stabilised well by the soft tissues (muscles, fascia and ligaments) that support them, there is generally no reason at all to develop musculoskeletal pain unless you experience an injury. Why then, do so many people experience aches and pains? The answer lies in the fact that none of us use our bodies as they were originally intended to be used. We don’t run, swim, climb, carry and throw all day as we’re designed to. Instead we sit, lay and stand in awkward static positions that result in some joints stiffening up, which then leaves our other joints to do all the work. Lets take a look at the spine as an example…
The human spine is made up of many joints, and 33 vertebrae. If all of the joints in the spine are moving well, then the workload that is taken on by the spine is distributed optimally – it is shared around each joint evenly and no one joint is overworked.
Years of prolonged sitting, standing, and bad postural habits results in many of these joints jamming up, and this is when problems begin to arise. You may not notice any problems while you’re only going about your regular daily activities, however when you try to lift something heavier than you usually do, or move, twist or bend in a way that you haven’t done for a while, because many of the joints have already stiffened up, all of the strain goes to the remaining joints that are still able to move. If this strain is large, or is carried out repeatedly, then you may end up with problems with a disc or one or more of the common ‘degenerative’ conditions of the spine.
Osteopaths are trained professionals in dentifying joints that don’t move optimally, and correcting this joint motion. Improving joint ‘mobility’ allows for the workload of motion to once again be ‘shared around’ all of your joints and muscles as is intended.
The Osteopathic approach has demonstrated to be very effective in the treatment of:
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
- Muscle strains and spasms
- Nerve entrapments including carpal tunnel, sciatica, and trigeminal neuralgia
- Headaches, migraine and jaw pain
- Arthritis and other joint conditions, and
- Sporting injuries
Your first visit with an Osteopath – What to expect.
Your Osteopath will begin your first consultation by taking a case history of your condition or complaint. This case history will outline when your pain first started, what your symptoms and concerns currently are and how these may have changed with time, details of the treatments (if any) you have recieved to date, and the impact your pain may be having on your life.
After taking your comprehensive case history, your Osteopath will carry out a hands-on examination, consisting of various tests of the spine, nervous system, muscles and joints.
After identifying the underlying cause/s (which may or may not require referral for an x-ray, C-T scan or MRI), your Osteopath will set some treatment goals, with the ultimate 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 work and massage
- Balanced ligamentous tension (BLT)
- Myofacial release
- Visceral manipulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
Your treatment is not painful.
How Osteopathy is Different:
Unlike conventional medical approaches, which often emphasise the use of pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms, an Osteopaths will take the time required to establish a clear understanding of why your problem developed in the first place, and then put into place a series of steps that will attempt to resolve the underlying problem.
Osteopath near Gladesville. Osteopathic education
Our Osteopaths at Ryde Natural Health Clinic 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.
Although there are numerous styles of Osteopathy treatment, here at Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths are structural Osteopaths and
can adapt their technique to suit you and your individual needs.
Initial Osteopathy consultations are $110.
Subsequent consultations are $90.
*Most health funds provide a rebate for Osteopathy services (for those with ‘extras’ cover), and we can swipe your card on the spot!
Osteopathy near Gladesville – Why Choose Us?
- Our Osteopaths Kuan and Kevin are experts in their field who have obtained the highest Osteopathic qualifications.
- Health fund rebates available for all of our services, including Osteopathy, 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 through to as late as 8:30pm, so we will always fit around your schedule!
- Parking is easy – it’s free, and available right at our door.