Conditions we treat

Osteopathy is a wonderful treatment modality. Our personalised focus and individualised, holistic assessment and treatment results in faster, longer lasting results and the re-establishment of optimal health and wellbeing. Because of our indiviualised and case specific care we can help with a wide range of problems, from musculoskeletal injury to headaches, digestive and gynaecological issues as well as supporting during pregnancy and common childhood complaints. We also see a wide age range, from newborns to 80 or even 90 year olds and we are able to tailor our treatment.

Here are some of the complaints we commonly treat:

Back & Neck Pain

If you are in pain, you know that it is distressing, stressful, scary, and horrid. Unfortunately most of us will have experienced back or neck pain at some point in our lives, particularly now living in a world with more stress, and more sedentary lifestyles.

Whether it is a sudden onset injury or a more gradual development of symptoms, back and neck pain can make you feel grumpy, tired, and sore. It can negatively impact your quality of life, making you less effective and focused at work, and stopping you from enjoying your favourite leisure activities as well.

What causes back and neck pain?

There are many causes of back and neck pain, most often its cause lies within the spine and the structures that support it. Back injury often occurs when you are out of shape, have pushed yourself too far in exercise or activity, performed unaccustomed activity, or if you have poor posture and low abdominal tone leaving the back unsupported. Neck pain is most commonly associated with poor posture, particularly spending a lot of time at the computer or other sedentary pastimes.

Most commonly back pain is due to a combination of factors. The joints within the spine can be aggravated or there may be some wear and tear within the joints themselves. Sometimes with an injury or problem a nerve can get compressed or irritated, causing for example ‘sciatica’ which is what people experience when their sciatic nerve or the nerve in the back of the leg is irritated. Muscle imbalance, fatigue, and strain can also cause back pain. The ligaments within the back can become overstretched and inflamed, leaving the back unsupported and painful.

Back pain can also be referred from one of the organ systems of the body, for example the kidneys, gastro-intestinal tract or the respiratory tract. Getting your back pain checked is also a good way to assess whether it is purely a structural issue or if there are any signs of an underlying cause that needs to be further assessed. Osteopaths are well trained and well placed to assess musculo-skeletal pain, and no referral from your doctor is necessary prior to consulting with an osteopath.

Will it get better by itself?

One of the most common questions asked in an osteopaths’ office. And the answer is an unsatisfactory ‘it depends’. Sometimes injuries are self-limiting and will recover with rest and good management. And then some will not, or will ‘grumble’ along for a long time after the tissues have healed. Generally most acute flare ups or injuries will recover within 4-6 weeks.

However good management, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment will mean a faster, better outcome. Here at OsteOasis we want you getting back to doing what you love, and so our tailor made, individualised treatment plans are aimed to get you back to full health in the shortest amount of time possible. There is also a risk that the pain does not resolve, and what is called ‘chronic pain’ can develop (pain lasting longer than 12 weeks). There are certain risk factors associated with chronic pain, so it is recommended to get your pain checked in order to ensure good management and avoid chronic pain.

RSI and Other Repetitive Conditions

Repetitive strain injury (RSI), formerly OOS, and other conditions that are caused by repetitive use are often associated with poor posture and ergonomic set up at work or in recreation activities. Osteopathy uses a combination of techniques aimed at stretching and mobilising tissues that are put under strain as a result of poor posture and ergonomics. We also use our expertise and undertake a thorough postural assessment and offer to alter the poor ergonomics so you can continue without the constant battle with RSI. Massage can also be a great way to stop the tension from building up to create problems. Don’t let your creativity be decreased or your working life become agony, call us today for a no obligations discussion to see how we can help you in your unique situation.

Headaches & Migraines

Headaches and migraines are commonly occurring, annoying, and constant pains and can have a huge impact on your life. Headaches can make you less productive, grumpy, tired, and unmotivated. There are many causes of headaches, including most commonly stress, injury, migraine, and a stiff or sore neck.

Osteopathy can bring relief to headache symptoms. By combining techniques such as massage and mobilising techniques, as well as take home postural tips and exercises, osteopathy can help both the symptoms as well as the underlying cause. If you or a family member are plagued by headaches, see if we can help you today.

Wellness Checks

There are times in life when we need a little extra help or support. Whether you are going through a stressful time, recovering from an illness or injury, or just wanting to take more control and care with your health, as osteopaths we encourage the use of osteopathy as preventative care or a ‘wellness check’. Semi-regularly consulting with an osteopath can be a great way to decrease stress, increase mobility, improve mood, and correct any issues that may arise before they become a problem. Make good health a priority, as it will make you more productive in your life, help you feel better, and be more motivated.

You do not have to be a top athlete or executive to benefit from preventative care. In this day and age we are all busy; we lead busy lives and are often pulled in many different directions. There are financial pressures, work pressures, family pressures, and it can all seem too much sometimes. Osteopathy is a great way to take some ‘me’ time, and make sure that your body is in good alignment and health. Whether you are a busy mum, career focused, or just feeling the pressure, book in today and let us take care of you.

Sports Injuries

Whether you’re a top athlete or a hobbyist, an injury can be limiting and frustrating. We are here to aid and improve your recovery, and ensure that you recover fully and get back to what you love doing.

As with most things in life, the sooner that appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation can start, the faster and better recovery will be.

It also means recovery and rehabilitation can start and progress as quickly as possible. Unused muscles and joints decline at an alarming rate, so the sooner that an appropriate rehabilitation programme can commence the better.

The benefit of Osteopathy during rehabilitation lies in its holistic approach and the whole body focus that osteopaths have. As well as rehabilitating the damaged or injured, an osteopath will look at the whole body, how the surrounding structures are being affected and in turn affecting the injured area. After recovery and rehabilitation the body as a whole should be functioning better, thus decreasing the risks of future injury and keeping athletes in top form.

The injuries we often treat include:

· Rotator Cuff strain/tear/tendinopathy/calcification
· Ankle sprains
· Muscle tears and strains
· Achilles Tendon sprains
· Knee Meniscal or ligament injuries
· Knee sprains
· Back injuries such as sprains, strains
· Shoulder injuries
· Ankle injuries
· Hip injuries
· Neck injuries
· Disc injuries
· Ligament sprains
· Joint sprains and strains

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