What is Osteopathy
The practice of osteopathy began in the United States in 1874 by Andrew Taylor Still, a medical doctor who held the view that optimal health is only possible when all of the tissues and cells of the body function together. After experiencing the loss of his wife and three daughters to spinal meningitis and noting that the current orthodox medical system could not save them, Dr. Still established a practice that bypassed drugs, purgatives and harshly invasive therapeutics to treat a person suffering from ailment. Today, this practise is known as Osteopathy.
In Australia, an Osteopath is an Allied Health professional who specialises in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a five-year, Bachelor of Science – Clinical Science/Master of Health Science – Osteopathy double degree. Only a few universities in Australia offer this course.
Osteopaths usually treat patients who complain of headaches, bad backs, neck pain, sciatica, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), asthma, joint pain, menstrual problems and pregnancy problems. An Osteopath may be able to treat chronic fatigue as well as arthritis and sports injuries.
Our osteopaths also work closely with other medical and healthcare professionals.