Dr Kevin Finnan, Osteopath.
Osteopath near Meadowbank. How Osteopathy care can help you.
When each joint in your body is moving the way it was intended to move, and when these joints are stabilised well by the soft tissues (the muscles, fascia and ligaments) that support them, there is usually no reason at all to develop musculoskeletal pain unless you have experienced 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 climb, carry, swim, run and throw all day as we’re designed to. Instead we tend to sit, lay and stand in awkward static positions that result in some joints stiffening up, and leave 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. When all of these joints are moving well, then the workload that is taken on by the spine is distributed optimally – it is shared around so that each joint plays a role and no joint is overworked.
After years of prolonged sitting, standing, and bad postural habits many of these joints begin to jam up, and this is when problems begin to arise. Whilst only going about your regular daily activities you may not notice any problems at all, however when you try to bend, twist or move in a way that you haven’t done for a while, or lift something heavier than you usually would, because many of the joints have stiffened up, all of the strain goes to the remaining joints that do move. If this strain is large enough or carried out over and over again, then you may end up with one or more of the common ‘degenerative’ conditions of the spine, or problems with a disc.
Osteopaths correct the motion of joints that they identify as not moving optimally. By improving joint ‘mobility’ the workload of motion is once again able to be ‘shared around’ all of the joints and muscles as is intended.
The Osteopathic treatment approach has demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of many health complaints. These include:
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
- Muscle strains and spasms
- Nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel, sciatica, and trigeminal neuralgia
- Headaches, migraine and jaw pain
- Arthritis and other joint conditions, and
- Sporting injuries
What to expect during your first visit to an Osteopath?
Your first consultation with an Osteopath will begin with a detailed case history of your condition. Your Osteopath will aim to establish when your pain first started, what your current symptoms and concerns are and how they may have been affected by time, the treatments (if any) you have recieved in the past, and the impact your condition may be having on your life.
After learning of the history of your pain, your Osteopath will carry out a hands-on examination, comprising of various tests of the muscles, joints, nervous system and spine.
Once the underlying cause/s of your condition have been identified (this may or may not require referral for an x-ray, C-T scan or MRI), your Osteopath will devise some treatment goals, with the ultimate goal being to restore maximal, pain-free movement to your joints and muscles.
Some of the Osteopathy treatment techniques your Osteopath will use in order to fulfil your treatment goals 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
Treatment provided by an Osteopath is not painful.
The Osteopathy difference:
Conventional approaches to medicine tend to emphasise the use of pharmaceuticals to mask presenting symptoms. Osteopaths work differently, as they take the time required to establish a clear understanding of why your problem developed in the first place, before putting into place a series of steps that will attempt to resolve the underlying problem as well as the associated symptoms.
Osteopath near Meadowbank. Osteopathic education
Our Osteopaths have undertaken 5 years of tertiary education – a 3 year Bachelor of Applied Science- Osteopathy, followed by a 2 year Masters of Osteopathy.
There many varied styles of Osteopathy treatment. At Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths are structural Osteopaths and
they will adapt their technique to suit you and your individual treatment needs.
Osteopath near Meadowbank – Fees
An initial consultation with an Osteopath at Ryde Natural Health Clinic is $110.
Subsequent consultations are $90.
*Health Fund rebates are available on the spot, with the majority of health funds providing a rebate for Osteopathy treatment.
Osteopath near Meadowbank – Why choose us?
- Our Osteopaths Kuan and Kevin have obtained the highest Osteopathic qualifications and are experts in their field.
- Health fund rebates are available for all of our services including Osteopathy. We can also swipe your card on the spot!
- All Osteopathic consultations are carried out in a private, clean, air-conditioned room.
- We are available when you need us – appointments are available early (from 7am) to late (8:30pm) so we will always fit around your schedule.
- Parking is easy – it’s free, and avilable right at our door!