Osteopathy is more than a technique; it is a ‘whole body science’ focused on resolving painful, dysfunctional, and misaligned body structures with safe, hands-on and exercise-based therapy combined with supportive lifestyle and ergonomic advice.
“We believe Osteopathy is the best first point of call for painful and dysfunctional conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.” – Dr Lachlan Freebairn (Principal Osteopath and Clinic Director)
‘Osteo-Pathy’, when found in a medical dictionary, will lead you to a definition of ‘bone disease’. But there is more to the word osteopathy. ‘Osteopathy is the Science and Art’ of identifying structural problems in the body and understanding their relationship to disease and health. It is not a cure-all but a very practical way of understanding how the muscles, bones, joints, and structures of the body relate to the overall health and function of the body – whether it is in ‘Good Health or Disease’. With knowledge of the anatomical structures of the body and its relationship to its overall health and function, the ‘Osteopathic Approach’ applies a safe, drug-free, hands-on solutions to eliminating pain, improve function, and maintaining optimal wellbeing.
Your Osteopath is aware of what can and cannot be achieved with hands-on treatment alone and will make the appropriate referral if in doubt, particularly if you have not responded as intended from treatment and management. Further referral may include a number of healthcare disciplines such a Medical, Surgical, or Psychological.
‘Osteo’ refers to the Greek word ‘Osteon’ meaning structure of bone and perhaps structure in general, while ‘Pathy’ comes from ‘Pathos’ which refers to ‘Feeling or Suffering’ and hence pathology or disease. Ultimately Osteopathy is the understanding of ideal structural alignment within the body, and the application of a hands-on practical process in the pursuit of remediating painful and dysfunctional conditions related to structural problems. Osteopathy in a nutshell:
- A person is the product of dynamic interaction between their body mind and external environment
- An inherent property of this dynamic interaction is the capacity of the individual for the maintenance of health and the recovery from disease.
- Many forces, both internal and external to the person, can challenge this inherent capacity and contribute to the onset of illness and disease.
- The structure of the body (muscles, joints, bones ETC) significantly influences the individual’s ability to restore this inherent capacity and therefore to resist disease processes.
Head Above Healthcare is Brisbane’s leading multi-disciplinary clinic for pain management. We offer a pathway to recovery from pain, injuries, and Mastery of great health and high performance. We have AHPRA registered osteopaths who offer custom osteopathic treatments.
Please do not hesitate to make an appointment at Head Above Healthcare where you will promptly have your concerns tended to, questions answered, and condition attended to.