Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which focuses on the interrelation between the structure of the body and the way in which it functions. In their treatment and diagnosis of conditions, Osteopaths focus on how your musculoskeletal system interacts with other body systems, all working as a holistic unit. Osteopaths aim to identify the cause of dysfunction and help patients achieve their specific health goals using treatment and education.
Osteopaths in Australia must be government registered practitioners who study for 5 years in the areas of anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition, psychology, general medical diagnosis and of course, osteopathic techniques.
As primary healthcare practitioners, Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions requiring medical referral and are trained to perform standard medical examinations such as cardiovascular or respiratory system assessment.
Osteopathy is covered by private health funds and by the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
A typical Osteopathic treatment will include a detailed medical history (for first time patients), an active and passive assessment and a wide range of hands-on techniques. Techniques include passive range of motion, soft tissue massage, stretching, mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues. The Vigor Osteopaths work well with our Remedial Massage Therapists and Podiatrist, the Mulch-Disiplinary approach will often result in a better outcome for the client.
Additionally Osteopaths utilise exercise prescription and education and advice to ultimately allow patients to put their health in their own hands. Clients can also participate in the Strength and Stretch classes run by Vigor every Monday and Wednesday evening which makes it easier for the client to do their ‘homework’ exercises.
Principles of Osteopathy
The four main Osteopathic principals are:
1. The body is a unit; the person is a unit of body, mind, and spirit.
2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing, and health maintenance.
3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated.
4. Rational treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unity, self-regulation, and the interrelationship of structure and function.
Utilising the above principals, Osteopaths can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Nick has a Masters in Osteopathy. His previous role as a massage therapist for a large company added valuable experience in correct workplace ergonomics, posture, repetitive strain/overuse injuries and muscular fatigue syndromes. He was also the trainer for a local football team where he managed their injuries and helped to optimise on field performance.
These experiences have allowed Nick to develop a highly tuned sense of touch which he uses to accurately assess, diagnose and treat musculo-skeletal conditions. Nick is proficient in spinal condition treatment and ongoing management. He enjoys all areas of general osteopathic practice from headaches, sinus pain and TMJ (jaw) dysfunction to ankle and foot problems, and everything in-between.
Victoria completed her Masters of Osteopathy at Victoria University and has since undertaken further studies in dry needling, cupping and Clinical Pilates.
Victoria has a keen interest in treating patients suffering from headache/migraine, TMJ and neck pain and enjoys taking a multi-faceted treatment approach to all conditions. Having worked as a football trainer for several years during her studies, Victoria is accomplished at rehabilitation of sports injuries and enjoys incorporating sports specific movements into tailored patient treatments.
When she isn’t working at Vigor, you’re likely to find Victoria her with her head in a book trying to keep up with her love of history and literature or at yoga practicing her warrior poses.
Lachlan completed a Masters of Osteopathy in 2014. He can have both a firm and gentle approach to treatment, as he believes it is important to understand his patients as individuals in order to achieve the best results for them. He will take time and care in finding the source of your pain or discomfort.
Lachlan is passionate about sport. He worked as a trainer for the VFL umpires for three years, and is now the osteopath at the club. This has given him experience in rehab and management for acute and chronic sporting injuries.