What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy takes a holistic approach and concentrates on the body as whole.  Treatments are centred on the principle that to achieve general wellbeing, all the bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue in our bodies must work harmoniously together.  

Manual osteopathy could be described in simple, lay terms as “holistic manual medicine”. Manual osteopathy is a system of health care that focuses on osteopathic diagnosis and treatment of the physical body’s structure in order to optimise physiological functioning. Manual palpation and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) are used in conjunction with biomechanical, orthopaedic and neurological clinical assessment.

What does Osteopathy treat?

Manual osteopathy is best known for treatment of:
  • Back and neck pain, sciatica 
  • Head ache 
  • Sport injury
  • Postural Strain
  • TMJ or Jaw pain
Put simply, optimizing structural balance allows the physiology to perform optimally.
The practice of manual osteopathy combines current medical knowledge with the osteopathic philosophy. Scientific plausibility and evidence-based outcomes have a high priority in patient treatment and case management. Manual osteopathy is a patient centred approach to health care rather than disease centred.

Rates & Packages

Initial Assessment $150

Treatment (1 hour) $110

Treatment (30 minutes) $70

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How do they treat?

Here are some of the treatments that your Manual Osteopath could use to treat pain and discomfort.

Mobilization:  Mobilizations are low-velocity techniques that can be performed in various parts of the body.  Generally considered to be safer than manipulation

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion

Muscle Energy Technique (MET) is a form af a manual therapy which uses a muscle’s own energy in the form of gentle isometric contractions to relax the muscles via autogenic or reciprocal inhibition, and lengthen the muscle.

Visceral osteopathy is concentrated on the body’s organs and central cavities and involves the Osteopath gradually manipulating the viscera and connective tissue surrounding internal organs to increase pliability and improve general movement.

Our Manual Osteopath

  • Amirali Rahnamoon Manual Osteopath

    Amirali Rahnamoon is a Manual Osteopath who uses his extensive background as a strength and conditioning coach with seventeen years of experience to inform his therapeutic approach. He has placed first in Natural Bodybuilding with Fame, 2006, and he employs that same dedication, strength and passion to his treatments.

Osteopathy Principles: 

Osteopathic manual practitioners (also known as manual osteopaths to distinguish themselves from American style osteopathic physicians who perform surgery and prescribe medications) assess and treat the whole person, not just the symptomatic region. So for example if a patient presents with headache they will be structurally assessed from head to toe. This is because the primary cause may be remote from the symptoms. For example; Unilateral pes plannus (flat feet) > functional leg length discrepancy> pelvic torsion> scoliosis> cervicogenic tension headache. This cause would only be detected with an holistic assessment.
There are eight major principles of manual osteopathy that are widely taught throughout the international osteopathic community.
  1. The body is a unit.
  2. Structure and function are reciprocally inter-related.
  3. The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms.
  4. The body has the inherent capacity to defend and repair itself.
  5. When the normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self maintenance, disease may ensue.
  6. The movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health.
  7. The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body.
  8. There are somatic components to disease that are not only manifestations of disease, but also are factors that contribute to maintenance of the disease state.
These principles are thought to be the underpinnings of the osteopathic philosophy on health and disease. Manual osteopathy is not just a set of techniques; rather it is a philosophy based on these principles. This philosophy is simple and sensible. When applied in practice, osteopathy can make profound changes in a person’s health. 
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised the Osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven, and the British Medical Association also recognised Osteopathy as a discrete health discipline.

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