WHY SEE AN OSTEOPATH? 

 

 

Osteopaths treat many conditions, often those associated with the musculoskeletal system.

 

These conditions often present to our osteopaths:

 

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Muscle strains, tears and tendonitis
  • Joint & Arthritic problems
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Work and study related postural issues
  • Sciatica and inter-vertebral disc problems
 

 

 

Osteopathy & Musculoskeletal Pain.

 

 

The most common presentations to our osteopaths are: back pain, pelvic pain, neck pain, headaches, joint (shoulder, knee, foot, elbow etc) pain.

 

Back pain is extremely common in our society and it is usually a combination of factors that have lead to it’s presence. The pain can be acute or chronic in nature, and can be associated with other symptoms such as numbness, tingling or weakness. Being so prevalent in society, it is one of the most common complaints which we treat. Our osteopaths are trained to assess and diagnose back pain and formulate appropriate treatment and rehabilitation/management plans as required.

 

Headaches have an array of different causes. These can include cervicogenic (neck related), stress, jaw problems, hormonal and pharmacological (medicines/drugs) and others.

Migraines are thought to be caused by temporary changes in blood vessels and chemicals in the brain. Osteopaths are trained to differentiate between the two and if there is a musculoskeletal component, osteopathy may help your symptoms.

Our experience shows that most headaches which present to our clinic have a neck and/or jaw component and can respond very well to manual therapy.

 

At Brunswick Osteopathy, we love people exercising and living an active lifestyle. However we do also recognise that this can come with the occasional aches, pains and setbacks. Our osteopaths are experiences with joint and muscular pains, and sporting injuries. Many have worked with sporting teams and have also competed in an array of sports themselves. We are committed to not only decrease pain but also to prevent recurrence and increase performance.

 

 

 

Osteopathy and Pregnancy.

 

During pregnancy, a woman will undergo many changes. These may be postural, physiological, hormonal, emotional or functional. Each experience is invariably different and so management of your body needs to be too.

An osteopathic approach is to support the body through it’s changes and aims to relieve pain, restriction and mobility issues that can arise. Osteopaths may do this by treating the musculoskeletal issues that arise through pregnancy and also prescribing exercises to assist with stability and mobility.

 

Some common musculoskeletal complaints during pregnancy are:

  • Back pain
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Rib pain
  • Pain in the legs and feet
  • Neck and Postural pain

All of our practitioners have experience in treating pregnant women and are very flexible with treatment options and positions. We also have pregnancy pillows which can allow the mother to lie down on their front with no pressure on the stomach, providing much greater comfort. 

 

 

 

Osteopathy and Children.

 

Osteopathy is not just for adults – children and babies can benefit from osteopathic treatment too!

 

Similarly to adults, osteopaths focus on alignment, mobility and tensions throughout the body.

A baby may suffer strains in utero, throughout the birth process or in early life which may lead to restrictions in their body and potentially be associated with other issues.

Our philosophy is in helping to reduce tension and promote balance throughout the body, allowing the baby to move and grow in comfort and without restrictions.

 

Osteopathy may help to address the musculoskeletal complaints associated with:

  • birth trauma
  • feeding difficulties
  • torticollis and neck stiffness
  • plagiocephaly or “flat head” syndrome
  • pre and post tongue tie body work
  • reflux and colic
  • other musculoskeletal imbalances

It is important to note that we do not claim to treat all ailments that a baby may present with, and currently in there is a lack of evidence in paediatric osteopathy.

 

We do recognise that babies and children differ from adults, with more delicate bones, joints, nervous and respiratory systems. Treatment is chosen for what is appropriate to this age group - it uses minimal pressure, usually the same as elicited when holding or changing a baby, and we do not use manipulation on babies or young children.

 

Older children can present with “adult-like injuries” such as sporting injuries, pains from falls and broken bones. We may also help with musculoskeletal tensions associated with asthma, growing pains and some genetic conditions.

 

Elizabeth Dwyer has an interest in paediatric osteopathy and often treats babies and young children. 

 

 

 

If you would like further information on these, and many other conditions, please feel free to book an appointment or call the clinic if you have any queries.