An Osteopath provides a hands-on and holistic approach to healthcare that recognises the connection between the structure and function of the body.
Your Osteopath will take a thorough case history and perform an evaluation to assess and diagnose dysfunctions of the musculoskeletal system (which consists of muscles, bones, ligaments, internal organs and so forth).
A good Osteopath does not just treat the site of pain, but also attempt to identify factors that are contributing to your symptoms and address these to provide effective treatment outcomes. It is through this approach that Osteopathy aims to relieve pain, inflammation, tension and restrictions of movements, joints or connective tissue, which in turn improves function.
Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching, massage, general articulatory, joint mobilisation and gentle balancing techniques to assist in restoring the bodies function. In addition, your Osteopath may provide you with information regarding pain management and strategies to reduce recurrence – such as stretching or exercise.
Conditions that an Osteopath treats
People of all age groups seek Osteopathic treatment most commonly for musculoskeletal complaints including:
- Sporting injuries
- Neck and back pain
- Arthritis and joint pain
- Jaw pain
- Postural problems
- Tennis elbow
- Hip, knee and foot pain
- Injuries and work or road accidents
- Repetitive muscle strain
- Headaches and migraines
- Whiplash injuries
- Muscular pain
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
Dry needling utilises acupuncture needles to release trigger points within muscles. Trigger points are hyper-irritable areas within a taut band of muscle composed of multiple contraction knots which can cause pain and dysfunction. The needle causes a relaxation of this knot which in turn aims to deactivate the trigger point, promote relief of pain and restore normal physiology to the muscle.
Is Dry Needling the same as Acupuncture?
Although dry needling uses the same needles as acupuncture, it is not the same technique. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy whereby needles are inserted into meridian points (specific energy points). Dry needling is strictly based upon Western medicine whereby the needle is inserted into muscular trigger points – which are first located manually by your dry needling specialist within the consult.
How does it work?
Inserting a fine filament needle into trigger points causes bio-mechanical changes which alleviate pain. Eliciting a local “twitch” response within the muscle can assist in breaking the pain cycle and releasing tight knots within muscles.
Which conditions can be treated with Dry Needling?
Dry needling can be used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal problems. Specific conditions for which dry needling can be utilised include:
- Repetitive strain injuries – tendonitis, tennis elbow, golf elbow.
- Back and neck pain – include postural strain.
- Shoulder and arm pain (shoulder impingements, tendonitis)
- Buttock and leg pain (including sciatic pain)
- Hamstring strains
- Calf tightness or cramps
Prices vary according to the practitioner and length of treatment. Please visit our Online Bookings page or call our Carlton North clinic on 9347 9247 for further information. Hicaps private health insurance claiming is available for those clients holding private health insurance coverage on Osteopathy.