Dr Kevin Finnan, Osteopath.
Sydney Osteopath. How Osteopathy care can help you.
If the joints in your body are stabilised well by the soft tissues – which include the muscles, fascia and ligaments supporting them, and If every joint in your body is moving as it was intended, then there is really no reason to develop musculoskeletal pain at all unless of course you experience an injury. So 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, climb, swim, carry and throw all day as we were originally designed to. Instead we tend to sit, lay and stand in awkward static positions that often result in some of our joints stiffening up, which in turn leaves other joints to do all the work. Lets take a look at the spine as an example.…
The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae and many more joints. If all of these joints are moving as they should be, then the workload that is taken on by these joints is distributed in the most optimum way – it is shared around each joint evenly and no one particular joint is overworked.
It is after years of bad postural habits, prolonged sitting and standing, resulting in many of these joints stiffening up, that problems begin to arise. Whilst going about your regular daily activities you may not notice any problems at all, however when you try to lift something heavier than you usually do, or move, bend or twist in a way that you haven’t done for a while, because many of these joints have already stiffened up, all of the strain is placed upon 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 one or more of the common ‘degenerative’ conditions of the spine, or problems with a disc.
Osteopaths are trained to correct the motion of joints that aren’t moving correctly. 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 demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of many conditions and complaints, including:
- Back, shoulder and neck pain
- Muscle strains and spasms
- Nerve entrapments including carpal tunnel, sciatica, and trigeminal neuralgia
- Headaches, migraine and jaw pain
- Joint conditions including arthritis, and
- Various sporting injuries
Your first visit to an Osteopath – What to expect
During your first Osteopathy consultation, your Osteopath will take the time to record a case history of your condition. This case history will aim to establish when you first began experiencing symptoms, what exactly your symptoms and concerns are and how they may have changed over time, the treatments you have recieved to date (if any), and the impact your symptoms may be having on your life.
After taking note of your history, your Osteopath will perform 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 priority being to restore maximal, pain-free movement to your affected muscles and joints.
Some osteopathy treatment techniques your Osteopath may use during treatment include:
- Spinal manipulation (Also known as an ‘adjustment’)
- Joint mobilisation
- Muscle energy technique (MET)
- Massage and soft tissue work
- Balanced ligamentous tension (BLT)
- Myofacial release
- Visceral manipulation
- Therapeutic ultrasound
The treatment you receive from your Osteopath is not painful.
How Osteopathy is Different:
Conventional medicine often emphasises the use of pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms. Osteopaths work differently, in that they take the time required to establish an understanding of why your problem developed in the first place, and put into place a series of steps that will attempt to resolve the problem and the associated symptoms.
Osteopath in Sydney. Osteopathic education
All of our Osteopaths 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 varying styles of Osteopathy practice. Here at Ryde Natural Health Clinic, our Osteopaths are structural Osteopaths and they will be sure to adapt their technique to suit you and your needs.
Sydney Osteopaths. Osteopathy Prices
Initial Osteopathic consultations are $110.
Ongoing follow-up consultations are $90.
*Health Fund rebates are available for Osteopathy consults, and at Ryde Natural Health Clinic we can swipe your card on the spot.
Osteopath in Sydney. Why Choose Us?
- Kevin and Kuan are specialists in their field who have obtained the highest Osteopathic qualifications.
- Health fund rebates are available for all of our services, and we can swipe your card on the spot!
- Your sessions are carried out in a private, clean, air-conditioned room.
- We have appointments available early (from 7am) and late (until 8:30pm) so you won’t have to skip work or other commitments for your appointment.
- Parking is free and easy, and it’s available right at the door.