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Osteopathy is a highly developed and sophisticated form of manual or hands-on therapy that is most well known for its effective treatment of musculoskeletal problems. However, Osteopathic treatment may also help other types of conditions because of the relationship between the muscles, bones, nerves and blood supply of the body (its structure) and the functions of the body, including its ability to heal itself.

Osteopaths use their hands with intention, to help the body heal better and faster. They are trained to use their hands in an intelligent or “thinking” way, to read the body, sense the different types of tissues and apply techniques that heal the layers that are stressed, blocked and injured. Many people who have experienced the work of Osteopaths say that they have "great hands" that "really seem to know what my body needs". 

Osteopathic treatment includes many types of massage which are used in combination with other highly effective manual therapy techniques developed through the combined efforts of the many renowned and respected Osteopaths whose work forms the basis for modern Osteopathy.  Rehabilitation exercises are increasingly being prescribed by Osteopaths to support manual treatment as research evidence for this aspect of treatment accumulates.

To quote the Australian Osteopathic Association website -

“In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme. Osteopaths are registered providers for workers’ compensation schemes, motor accident insurers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs”.

To read even more about Osteopathy, the techniques, the history and the conditions it treats see: