Osteopathy uses manual or ‘hands on’ techniques to improve body function. Osteopathy uses a holistic approach - that is, osteopaths work to balance all systems in the body, from the skeleton, muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue to the nerves, lymphatic and circulatory systems and internal organs.
Osteopaths use a variety of hands on treatments such as stretching, massage, deep pressure, as well as mobilisation and manipulation of joints to improve joint mobility, blood circulation, posture and function. These techniques may also reduce inflammation, pain and stress on the body.
Osteopathy may be of assistance in a wide variety of health conditions. Many people seek osteopathic treatment for back strains, sprains, RSI, asthma, headaches, nerve problems, joint stiffness, arthritis, postural problems as well as during pregnancy. Others seek osteopathic treatment to assist with everyday health, mobility, flexibility and function. As a holistic treatment, osteopathy may positively impact the entire body and may assist the body to heal and repair itself.
Osteopaths are university-trained and government registered practitioners who can perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems and can recognize conditions requiring medical referral. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who have studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathy.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds, and can be included as part of an Individual Allied Health Services under Medicare plan. Osteopaths are also registered providers for worker’s compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and for Veteran’s Affairs.
In your first appointment, your osteopath will take down your history and talk to you about any health conditions or concerns. They will then evaluate and assess your posture, flexibility and motility by getting you to bend, turn and move in certain directions. Some of this evaluation will involve hands on manipulation and assessment.
You will probably be asked to remove outer clothing such as your shirt so the osteopath can get a good sense of the movement of structures such as the spine. You may like to wear exercise pants if you feel a little shy.
Each time you visit, your osteopath will assess where you are up to and the issues of most concern. They will then give you a manual treatment, which will most likely involve a combination of massage, stretching, deep pressure and gentle manipulation.
It is best that after an osteopathic appointment you reduce stress on the body, so try and minimize activities such as stretching and lifting for a few hours as the body readjusts. It is also recommended that you drink lots of water to flush out any toxins that may have been loosened after massage.
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This field can be called osteo, osteopath, osteopathy, chiro, chiropractor etc. Any other names?
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arm, leg, foot, wrist, ankle, hand , feet, back, spine, vertebra, vertebral, sciatica, pain, back pain, neck, neck pain, spasm, cramp, strain, sprain, ligament, muscle, tendon, shoulder, knee, finger, toe, hip, injury, help, fix, correct, spinal injury , sport, exercise, sport injury, pregnancy, pregnancy massage, pregnancy care, posture, growth
Lee Funston completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Clinical Science)/ Bachelor of Osteopathy from RMIT, graduating with Honours in 2001. She has always had an interest in helping people with their back problems, but discovered and became interested in osteopathy after spending time with a local osteopath during work experience and was impressed with the results osteopathy could give and the range of conditions it could improve.
After finishing her degree, Lee moved to Warrnambool, Victoria to work alongside other osteopaths for 3.5 years, before moving to Coffs Harbour after she met her husband Darren. Lee opened Coffs Harbour Osteopathy in 2005. Lee has worked in the Coffs Harbour community for over ten years and enjoys living in the Coffs Coast.
In her practice, Lee assists people with a wide variety of complaints as well as working with people who want to improve their overall health and function. As a sporty person and a mum to two wonderful kids, she has a particular interest in women’s health, including pregnancy and post-natal care, and sports-related injuries.