Osteopath Macquarie Park
Dr Kevin Finnan, Osteopath.
Osteopath near Macquarie Park. How Osteopathy care can help you.
When each joint in the human body is moving as it was intended to be moved, and when these joints are well stabilised by the soft tissues (muscles, fascia and ligaments) supporting them, then there generally is no reason to develop musculoskeletal pain at all, unless you experience an injury. Why then, do so many people experience aches and pains? The answer lies in the fact that we no longer use our bodies as they were originally intended to be used. We don’t run, swim, climb, carry and throw all day as we were designed to – instead we sit, stand and lay in awkward static positions that result in some of our joints stiffening up and leaving our other joints to do all the work. Lets take a look at the spine as an example.…
Your spine is made up of 33 vertebrae and many more joints. If all of these joints are moving properly, then the workload that is taken on by the spine is distributed optimally – it is shared around each of the joints, with no joints being overworked.
Years of prolonged sitting, standing and bad postural habits results in some of these spinal joints jamming up, and that’s when problems begin to arise. Whilst 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 usually would, or move, twist or bend in a way that you haven’t done for a while, because many of these joints have stiffened up, all of the strain goes to the remaining joints that are still able to move. If this strain is large enough or carried out repeatedly, then you could end up with problems with a disc, or one or more of the common ‘degenerative’ conditions of the spine.
Osteopaths identify joints that don’t move optimally, and correct this joint motion. By improving the ‘mobility’ of the joints the workload of motion is once again able to be ‘shared around’ all of your joints and muscles as is intended.
The Osteopathic approach has been shown to be effective in treating many health complaints. Some of these include:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Muscle spasms and strains
- Nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel, sciatica, and trigeminal neuralgia
- Jaw pain, headaches and migraines
- Arthritis and other joint conditions, and
- Sporting injuries
Your first visit to an Osteopath – What to expect?
During your first Osteopathic consultation, your treating Osteopath will take note of your case history to establish when your pain first started, what your current symptoms and concerns are and how they have changed with time, the treatments (if any) you have recieved to date, and the impact your condition may be having on your life.
After going through your case history, your Osteopath will carry out a hands-on examination. This will include various tests of the joints, muscles, nervous system and spine.
After identifying the underlying cause/s of your complaints (which may or may not 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.
Some of the osteopathy treatment techniques your Osteopath may use in fulfilling your treatment goals 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
Osteopathic treatment is not painful.
How Osteopathy is Different:
Conventional medical approaches often emphasise the use of pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms. Osteopath’s take a different approach and will take the time needed to establish a clear understanding of why your problem developed in the first place. Your Osteopath will then put into place a series of steps that will attempt to resolve this underlying problem.
Osteopath near Macquarie Park. Osteopathic Education
All of our Osteopaths at Ryde Natural Health Clinic have undertaken 5 years of tertiary education. This is comprised of a 3 year Bachelor of Applied Science- Osteopathy, followed by a 2 year Masters of Osteopathy.
Despite the many varied styles of Osteopathy treatment that exist, here at Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths being structural Osteopaths will adapt their technique to suit you and your individual needs.
An initial consultation with an Osteopath is $110.
Follow-up consultations are $90.
*Most health funds provide a rebate for Osteopathy services (for those with ‘extras’ cover). At Ryde Natural Health Clinic we can provide you with your health fund rebate on the spot!
For an Osteopath near Macquarie Park – Why Choose Us?
- Our Osteopaths Kuan and Kevin have obtained the highest Osteopathic qualifications and are specialists in their field.
- Health fund rebates are 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 for appointments when you need us! Appointment times are available as early as 7am and as late as 8:30pm so we will always fit in around your schedule.
- Parking is free, and available right at our door!