What Is Osteopathy? - by Brett Yurisich

Have you ever heard of osteopathy?

If you have, fantastic! For a bonus high five; do you know what they do? If you do, give yourself a high five!

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If you haven’t, no need to worry by the end of this blog you’ll be an expert.

Osteopathy is a form of allied health care utilising manual therapy and - where appropriate - movement-based therapy. The key idea behind osteopathy is that we look at the body as a whole. Our body is a unit, and when injury or pain occurs it is commonly because part of this well-oiled machine is not operating correctly. Lucky for you, osteopaths can be thought of as the mechanics of the human body.

To begin the session we’ll take a detailed history. If it is your first time seeing us this history will include; your presenting complaint, a medical history (try to remember all those trips to the hospital, fingers crossed there aren’t any) and your social history (this will include an overview of getting to know you as a person; what your life involves; work, leisure activities, social life and all that jazz).

Following this is where the mechanics part of it comes in. We will perform a thorough physical examination. This will involve observing you, how you move and palpating your muscles and joints to look for any regions of tenderness or restricted movement. We may also perform some orthopaedic tests, if required, to further complete the picture. Just like how a mechanic will check over the whole car, we’ll often look at areas far away from your region of pain. This is because restricted movement from one region, will have a knock on effect to other regions, putting them under more stress. This means that the area where you have pain is often not where the actual cause of the problem is coming from.

Now we’ve got a good understanding of what we need to address we will get into the treatment side of things, time for a service. Treatment at Beach Therapy may include techniques such as; joint manipulation, joint movement, soft tissue work and dry needling. Where appropriate I like to include movement-based therapy into my session because #movementismedicine!

After treatment is finished, a quick reassessment will be performed to see what changes have occurred. The conclusion of the session will be where we explain to you what is going on, what the plan is going forward and we may give you exercises to do at home. Just like you look after your car when you leave the mechanic, we want you to look after yourself once you go home.

Now you’ve reached the end of the blog, give yourself a well-deserved high five!

Brett Yurisich