Are you seeking relief from pain and injury? You want to address stress or problems with energy and sleep? Or you are looking to prevent injuries and improve your posture? Our osteopath Rosie can help you.
Our clients have had great results with Rosie for instance with whiplash, sprains, strains, car accidents, falls, pain from poor posture, as well as low energy levels, trouble sleeping and stress and anxiety.
As an osteopath, Rosie uses her extensive training in physiology, anatomy, pathology and osteopathic techniques to treat, manage and prevent problems relating to your muscles, joints, biomechanics and the nervous system. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue function smoothly as a whole. Rosie may also use a range of orthopaedic and neurological tests to find out what is going on in your body.
An osteopath is similar to a chiropractor, but generally includes more work on ‘soft tissues’ such as muscles, ligaments and fascia rather than just focusing on ‘adjustments’ or ‘cracking’ (which they are also trained to do though). We believe osteopathy is one of the best forms of physical treatments you can get. Sadly, not many universities in Australia offer training in osteopathy, so we imported Rosie from the UK for you 🙂
With your consent, your treatment will involve Rosie using her hands to skillfully:
Rosie also has highly specialised training in using the reflexes of your nervous system to support the healing process of your body. It is one of those reflexes for instance your doctor checks when she hits your knee lightly with a hammer. Rosie uses these automatic responses of the body to correct pain or dysfunction in your body. This technique is called PDTR – proprioceptive deep tendon reflex therapy, which is an awful mouthful. The gist of it is that your brain gets retrained to properly interpret the input it gets from various points in your body instead of reading pain.
P-DTR helps with pain or injury by identifying any muscles involved and making them engage properly again instantaneously, by eradicating the underlying reason why they don’t function as expected.
Here’s some basic physiology that’ll help you understand how – for the science nerds among you. The brain sends signals (think of them as little messages) to the rest of the body to tell it how to move. The body also sends signals to the brain so it can tell the body how to respond. Eg if you touch something hot, your body tells your brain it is a) hot and b) painful which triggers the brain to tell you to quickly move away from the hot and painful thing. To complicate matters further, there are often reflexes involved to make sure your body’s reaction is even faster, like when you touch a hot plate (move away) or when something approaches your eyes (close eyes) etc. So there is a lot of talking going on with all those messages sent.
Receptors are the tiny receivers in your body which pick up and forward most of the messages your body picks up, in this example ‘hot’ and ‘pain’. These receptors can fire incorrectly – think of a sticky switch – and therefore send wrong signals to the brain. The brain perceives these wrong signals still as pain, stiffness or weakness etc. Rosie’s job is to ‘unswitch’ this faulty firing of those receptors so you no longer feel the symptoms.
You do not need a referral by your doctor to see an osteopath but if you are referred to Rosie by your doctor, a part of your fee will be covered by Medicare. If you get a referral though, please ask your doctor for a series of treatments rather than a single one.
Osteopathy is also covered by most private health funds (please check your individual cover), by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) and by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.