What is an Osteopath?

June 22, 2017

Dr Jana Bruinier of Keep Active Osteopathy lets us know what Osteo actually is.

I thought it was only appropriate to start with the question I have been asked most in my career to date.

The truth is, it’s one I still find a little difficult to answer concisely but I will give it my best shot and hope that at the end you might have some idea of what I do in my offi ce all day long and what it is an osteopath can do to help you.

To directly quote Zoe Foster-Blake from a blog post recently discussing her pregnancy-related pelvic pain, “Osteo is magical. I can’t tell you exactly what it is, I don’t think anyone knows, it may be a government secret, but it involves muscular and structural release and relief.”

Lucky for you, after five years, two degrees and more than eight years in practice I’m a little more informed than Zoe.

To take a direct line from my website, “Osteopathy is a form of complementary or conservative medicine that applies handson treatment to the musculoskeletal system.”

Complementary or conservative means we use non-invasive techniques in place of traditional medications, injections and surgery.

Hands-on means we use our hands (and sometimes elbows) to administer techniques such as massage, stretching and manipulation and all of this is applied to your muscles and bones (joints) specifically.

Not only this but an osteopath is also qualifi ed to assess your workplace and car ergonomics, review your running technique and prescribe strength-based interventions in many forms inclusive of Pilates or general strength and conditioning programs to ensure that you not only feel better after seeing us but you stay better in the long term.

We can treat an array of different conditions including back and neck pain, headaches, pregnancy-related pelvic pain, sports injuries including sprains and tears as well as chronic overuse injuries.

The list could really go on — but you get the picture. What I think differentiates an osteopath to other professions is that we consider you as an individual rather than a set condition.

We take into account not only what is happening at the site of soreness but all other areas that are affected and affecting the site. Furthermore we will explore not just what has happened but why it’s happened, taking into consideration events that have occurred both past and present that may be affecting your condition, your general health and your ability to heal as well as lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise.

So does osteopathy sound like something you might need in your life? If so, you are in luck; Shepparton has a number of osteopathic clinics and great osteopaths to choose from and that includes us at Keep Active Osteopathy.

Have you visited Keep Active Osteopathy or any others in town? What was your experience? Let us know below!

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