Our experienced osteopaths are dedicated to helping you understand and manage your pain. Treatments aim to support your body’s self-healing capacity and equip you with the knowledge needed to effectively manage your ailments.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to health and stresses the importance of the musculoskeletal system in a person’s health and well-being. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit to promote mobility and restore the body’s balance.

Our aim is to identify your individual musculoskeletal pattern and support your recovery through soft tissue work and stretching and manipulation of your bones and muscles, along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

What conditions can osteopathy treat?

Our osteopaths use a gentle treatment approach appropriate for all ages and those with complex medical conditions. Osteopaths see people for many conditions including:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ) or jaw pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain

At WHRIA, we have a particular focus on the treatment and management of pudendal neuralgia and complex pelvic pain in both men and women, as well as pain arising during or after pregnancy.

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Qualifications and training

In Australia, Osteopaths are government-registered practitioners with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) and complete five years of full-time university training in Medical and Osteopathic Sciences to obtain a double Bachelor or Masters qualification.

Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners and are trained to perform standard clinical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. They are also trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral.

All osteopaths at WHRIA are also members of Osteopathy Australia. For more details on our individual osteopaths, please see the Our Team section of this website.

Our registered Osteopaths at WHRIA are also members of Osteopathy Australia.

What to expect on your first consultation

You should allow one hour for your initial consultation, and wear comfortable, loose clothing as some disrobing may be required.

You should bring with you any relevant X-rays, scans and medical reports.

The initial consultation will include a thorough discussion of your medical history, a clinical examination and subsequent treatment if needed. Your physical examination involves postural assessment, observations of movement, range of motion testing, assessing muscular tension/weakness, relevant orthopaedic and neurological testing.

We think it’s really important that you play a central and active role in formulating your care plan. We’ll work closely with you to make sure you understand how and why we make our recommendations so that you can make the most informed decision possible.

Treatment will involve hands-on techniques that aim to restore normal joint motion, improve muscular tone/function and relieve pain.

Post-treatment care is tailored to your specific needs and may address postural and ergonomic factors, relaxation strategies and stretching and strengthening exercises.

Do I need a referral to see an osteopath?

No, you do not need a referral to make an appointment. However, if you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and are eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance, your GP can provide you with a special referral form to claim Medicare and private health fund rebates.

Helpful resources

If you’d like more information about our osteopathy services you can download the health information fact sheets below:

  • Osteopathy and pudendal neuralgia
  • Osteopathy and pregnancy

You can also visit the Osteopathy Australia website.

If you would like to make a specific enquiry, you can email info@whria.com.au with ‘Osteopathic enquiry’ in the subject line.

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