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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the
structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints,
muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic
unit. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths
can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques
such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons
and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
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.