Dr Kevin Finnan, Osteopath.
Osteopath near Marsfield. How Osteopathy care can help you.
When the joints in your body are moving as they were intended to be moved, and when these joints are stabilised well by the soft tissues supporting them (the muscles, fascia and ligaments), then you generally shouldn’t develop musculoskeletal pain at all unless you’ve experienced an injury. That said, why then do so many people experience aches and pain? The problem stems from the fact that none of us regularly use our bodies as they were originally intended to be used – we don’t carry, throw, climb, swim and run all day as we’re designed to. Rather we sit, lay and stand in awkward motionless positions that result in some of our joints stiffening up, which leaves other 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 spinal joints are moving well, the workload that is taken on by these joints is distributed optimally – that is, it is shared around evenly so that each joint plays its part and no one joint is overworked.
Problems begin to arise however, after years of prolonged sitting, standing, and bad postural habits which cause many of these joints to jam up. While you’re only going about your regular daily activities you may not notice any problems at all, but when you attempt to lift something heavier than you usually would, or move, twist or bend in a way that you haven’t done for some time, 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 the strain is large enough or carried out repeatedly, then you could end up with one or more of the common ‘degenerative’ conditions of the spine, or problems with a disc.
Osteopaths are professionally trained to identify joints in the body that aren’t moving optimally, and to correct this joint motion. By improving the ‘mobility’ of the joints the workload of motion is once again ‘shared around’ evenly to all of your joints and muscles as is intended.
The Osteopathic approach has been shown to be effective in the treatment of:
- Neck, back and shoulder 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?
During your first consultation, the Osteopath will take note of your detailed case history. This will 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 thus far, and the impact your condition may be having on your life.
After learning of the history of your condition, your Osteopath will carry out a hands-on examination. This examination will include various tests of the spine, nervous system, muscles and joints.
Once the underlying cause/s of your condition have been determined (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 main priority being to restore maximal, pain-free movement to your muscles and joints.
Osteopathy treatment techniques used by your treating Osteopath may 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
Osteopathy treatments are not painful.
How Osteopathy is Different:
Unlike the conventional approach to medicine, which quite often emphasises the use of pharmaceuticals to mask presenting symptoms, Osteopaths take the time needed to establish a clear understanding of why your problem developed in the first place. Once the underlying problem has been identified, a series of steps will be put into place in order to resolve the issue.
Osteopath near Marsfield. Osteopathic education
At Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths have undertaken 5 years of tertiary education, including a 3 year Bachelor of Applied Science- Osteopathy, followed by a 2 year Masters of Osteopathy.
There are many varied styles of Osteopathy treatment. At Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths are structural Osteopaths and
will adapt their treatment technique to suit you and your specific needs.
Osteopathy near Marsfield – Fees
Initial consultations with an Osteopath are $110.
Subsequent follow-up consultations are $90.
*Most health funds provide a rebate for Osteopathy services, and we can swipe your card on the spot!
Osteopath near Marsfield. Why Choose Us?
- Our Osteopaths Kuan and Kevin are specialists in their field who have obtained the highest Osteopathic qualifications.
- Health fund rebates are available for all of our services, including Osteopathy. (We can swipe your card on the spot!).
- Your sessions are carried out in a private, clean, air-conditioned room.
- Appointments are available when you need them – from as early as 7am through to as late as 8:30pm so you don’t have to skip work for your appointment!
- Parking is easy – it’s free, and available right at our door!