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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic system of diagnosis and manual therapy used to treat musculoskeletal and other functional disorders of the body.

In Australia, osteopaths are registered primary healthcare practitioners who complete a minimum of 5 years university training. The graduates hold either a double Bachelor or Master qualification.

Osteopathy and pregnancy, babies and children

Pregnancy is a natural physiological state. However, if the musculoskeletal system is restricted from past injuries or strains, a pregnant woman's body may not be able to change appropriately with the growth of the baby, hence causing back/hip/pelvic pain, sciatica and headaches. Additionally, the restrictions that occur during pregnancy and the birthing process may cause strains within the baby's body.

Osteopaths practice with the knowledge that the body knows what it needs to heal itself. They can evaluate how a woman's body is coping with the extra demands of pregnancy and assist her body to adapt to major postural changes. They can also assess babies and children for imbalances and tightness to see if this may be contributing to their presenting health issue. After a thorough case history and examination, an osteopath uses appropriate manual techniques to restore the body to a state of balance. Improved blood circulation, nerve supply and lymphatic drainage may allow optimum health to be achieved.

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