Osteopathy

Since 1998, our Osteopaths have helped thousands of people of all ages achieve great results in returning them to optimal health and wellbeing

At Canterbury Health Hub, our Osteopaths offer extensive experience and are recognised as one of the most highly reputable groups in the eastern suburbs. We will work with you to uncover the real reasons for your problem and outline exactly what is required for resolution. We thoroughly listen, educate and guide you and provide you with the necessary tools so you can return to doing the things you love.

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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of complementary hands-on manual Medicine that focuses on the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues.

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Osteopathy is a form of complementary hands-on manual Medicine that focuses on the treatment of the musculoskeletal system, including the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues.

Osteopaths apply the philosophy of treating the whole person. Consistent with this philosophy, not only do Osteopaths treat the cause of the problem but they also focus on the surrounding inter-related structures in order to prevent the condition from recurring. This philosophy and approach to treatment is what sets Osteopathy apart. The Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub are registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia and are members of Osteopathy Australia (OA) – the national professional body representing Osteopaths.

The Philosophy of Osteopathy

Manual Medicine techniques such as those performed by Osteopaths have been documented for over 4000 years. It was not until the 1870’s however, that medical physician Andrew Taylor Still proposed the theory and practice of Osteopathic medicine.

His basic philosophy can be divided into four principles:

1. The Body is a Unit

The body is made up of many different systems that all work together in order to achieve an optimal function of the entire organism. Osteopaths believe that a problem in one area of the body affects other musculoskeletal regions and/or other body systems.

2. Structure and Function are Inter-related

Osteopaths strongly believe in the relationship between body structure and its ability to function. If a body’s structure is sound and balanced, then it can function at an optimal level.

3. The Somatic Component of Disease

Osteopaths believe that the musculoskeletal system is an integral part of total body health. For the body to recover completely from injury or disease, problems within the musculoskeletal system must be addressed.

4. The Healing Power of Nature

The body has within itself methods for protection, repair and regulation which are necessary for health maintenance and recovery from disease. The role of the Osteopath is to enhance this inherent capacity for health.

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The Recognition of Osteopathy

Osteopaths complete a 5 year full time University degree that leads to a Bachelor/Masters qualification. They are government registered healthcare providers registered to treat WorkCover, TAC and Veterans’ Affairs patients.

Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral or referral to another Allied Health Practitioner.

Osteopathy has been practised for more than 100 years in Australia. Globally, it is now widely recognised as one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies. Notably, the World Health Organisation recognises the osteopathic concept of somatic dysfunction as being scientifically proven. This concept, unique to osteopathic practice, describes impaired or altered function of the body framework (including the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues). During your consultation, your Osteopath may refer to this diagnostic term.

Research on Osteopathy is undertaken continuously in Australia and abroad. Findings and outcomes from this research, published in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, sustain the growth and development of the profession.

Osteopaths in Australia are nationally registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Osteopathy Australia (OA), established in the mid 1900’s, acts as the national professional body representing Osteopaths. The Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub are both registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia associated with AHPRA and are members of OA.

How do we treat?

Osteopaths pride themselves on their expertise in using hands-on techniques. Our treatment methods, addressing a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints, are considered some of the safest and most gentle forms of complementary therapies available. At Canterbury Health Hub, you will receive a personalised treatment program from your Osteopath. This will detail everything you need to know about your condition, so you can feel confident you are on the right path to finding a solution and achieving your healthcare goals.

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A typical consultation includes the taking of a comprehensive case history, a thorough examination, followed by hands-on treatment. All techniques aim to restore movement to areas of the body identified as being tight or restricted in movement. This enables the body to function at its optimal level which in turn allows healing to occur quickly.

After our initial assessment, we develop a personalised treatment program for your unique situation, which outlines a summary of our initial assessment and everything you need to know about the path ahead.

Consistent with our whole person philosophy, advice for further management of your condition, including stretches, ergonomics, posture, rehabilitative exercises and nutrition may also be incorporated into a consultation to ensure that the condition is addressed thoroughly.

Osteopathy is suitable for treating people of all age groups. This includes newborn babies, children, teenagers, pregnant women, adults, the elderly, athletes, tradesmen and more.

We use a wide range of gentle treatment techniques including:

  • Soft tissue massage and stretching techniques
  • Articulation/mobilisation techniques – the movement of joints through their range of motion in order to restore function.
  • High Velocity Low Amplitude techniques (HVLA) – the technical term for manipulation, whereby the Osteopath uses a gentle method of maintaining precise positioning of a joint, followed by a mild thrust action.
  • Muscle Energy techniques (MET) – in which tight muscles are gently released by alternately being stretched and made to work against resistance. This helps to restore function to the muscles and surrounding joint structures.
  • Counter-strain techniques – in which a release of restriction is achieved by the placement of the affected joint or muscle in a position of comfort, while applying a ‘counter’ stretch to the antagonists of the tight muscles.
  • Functional techniques – whereby the dysfunctional joint is placed into its preferred resting position, allowing a gentle release of the joint to occur.
  • Osteopathy in the Cranial Field/Biodynamic Approach – gentle release of all structures using the fluid forces of the body.

What we treat:

People of all age groups seek osteopathic treatment most commonly for musculoskeletal complaints including:

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Repetitive Muscle Strains
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Jaw Pain
  • Arthritis and Joint Pain
  • Muscular Pain
  • Pregnancy Related Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Postural Problems
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Hip, Knee and Foot Pain
  • Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain
  • Injuries from work or road accidents

Furthermore, Osteopathy, when used in conjunction with medical treatment, may help to reduce the severity of symptoms in conditions such as:

  • Asthma
  • Digestive problems
  • Lowered immune response following illness
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Osteopathy, Toddlers and Adolescents

As children develop and explore during this period, they often test their bodies’ ability and resilience to the limit.

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As children develop and explore during this period, they often test their bodies’ ability and resilience to the limit.

It is vital to ensure the stresses and strains they place on their bodies during play are not affecting their normal musculoskeletal development.

This is also an age where common muscle and/or joint conditions may develop (as a result of accidents, falls, sporting injuries or poor posture) and remain into adulthood. Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Scoliosis (s-shaped curvature of the spine)
  • Sporting Injuries
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • Headaches
  • Knee pain (for example: Osgood Schlatters)
  • Heel and Foot pain (for example: Sever’s Disease)
  • Neck pain due to poor studying posture and/or computer use
  • Back pain associated with lifting/carrying heavy school bags
  • Repetitive injuries associated with rowing, swimming, tennis, gymnastics
  • Injuries associated with playground falls and/or contact sports

Personalised Treatment Plans

At CHH, our Osteopaths are committed to developing a personalised treatment plan to help you get back on track towards optimal health and wellbeing. In summary, we provide our diagnostic opinion regarding your condition, any further investigations that may be needed, frequency and amount of treatment required for resolution, general advice on posture, activities to avoid to prevent re-aggravation, exercise advice (stretching and strengthening), ergonomic advice, nutritional advice and more. This summary is all written for you into a small booklet for you to take with you. There is nothing better than a plan!

Members of Osteopathy Board of Australia and Osteopathy Australia

The Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub are registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia and are members of Osteopathy Australia (OA) – the national professional body representing Osteopaths.

Highly experienced therapists Fast and effective relief Convenient Location On-Site Parking Instant HICAPS Health Fund Rebates General Enquiry Call (03) 9836 3688 Book Online

Osteopathy and pregnancy

During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes numerous changes, both hormonally and structurally.

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During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes numerous changes, both hormonally and structurally.

Early stages of pregnancy may be associated with symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, headache, dizziness and fatigue. As the pregnancy progresses, the extra weight creates a shift in the body’s centre of gravity (forward weight carriage), an alteration of the spinal curves and relaxation and softening of the muscles and supporting ligaments of the body. These changes may cause an increase in mechanical stress to the musculoskeletal system, resulting in pain and discomfort.

The most common complaints associated with pregnancy include:

  • Lower back and buttock pain
  • Sciatica (leg pain)
  • Neck, shoulder and middle back pain
  • Headaches
  • Pelvic girdle instability
  • Sacro-iliac Joint pain
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Pelvic floor weakness and incontinence
  • Poor abdominal tone
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Is it safe to have osteopathic treatment during pregnancy?

Absolutely! The osteopathic techniques used to treat a pregnant woman are both gentle and carefully selected to ensure that the mother-to-be is comfortable at all times.

Should I have an osteopathic treatment following the birth of my newborn?

Many new mothers receive osteopathic treatment following the birth of their newborn in order to correct the body imbalances that may be present, particularly to the pelvis, lower back and mid back region. Please ask your Osteopath when it would be appropriate to commence your osteopathic treatment following the delivery of your newborn.

Personalised Treatment Plans

At CHH, our Osteopaths are committed to developing a personalised treatment plan to help you get back on track towards optimal health and wellbeing. In summary, we provide our diagnostic opinion regarding your condition, any further investigations that may be needed, frequency and amount of treatment required for resolution, general advice on posture, activities to avoid to prevent re-aggravation, exercise advice (stretching and strengthening), ergonomic advice, nutritional advice and more. This summary is all written for you into a small booklet for you to take with you. There is nothing better than a plan!

Members of Osteopathy Board of Australia and Osteopathy Australia

The Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub are registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia and are members of Osteopathy Australia (OA) – the national professional body representing Osteopaths.

Highly experienced therapists Fast and effective relief Convenient Location On-Site Parking Instant HICAPS Health Fund Rebates General Enquiry Call (03) 9836 3688 Book Online

Osteopathy and Sports

Our Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub treat a wide range of sports athletes, from elite gymnastics competitors and professional sports men and women to weekend ‘warriors’.

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Our Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub treat a wide range of sports athletes, from elite gymnastics competitors and professional sports men and women to weekend ‘warriors’.

They appreciate the frustration that is experienced when an injury occurs and how vital it is to receive the best treatment and management advice possible.

Our Osteopaths treat a wide range of sporting injuries, including

  • Muscle strains to the neck and back
  • Ligament sprains to the ankle and wrist
  • Hip, knee and leg injuries. For example: shin splints, patellar tendonitis, hamstring, groin and calf strains
  • Shoulder and elbow injuries. For example: rotator cuff tendinopathy, tennis and golfers elbow
  • Whiplash
  • Back spasms
  • Trauma

Consistent with our whole person philosophy, our Osteopaths not only treat the actual muscle strain or ligament sprain but also diagnose and treat the overall body imbalance which may have resulted in the injury occurring in the first instance or may have occurred in response to the injury.

A tailored stretching and strengthening program is also provided, enabling a return to your chosen sport as quickly as possible. If required, our Osteopaths may refer you for X-ray analysis or to a sports physician for a second opinion.

Personalised Treatment Plans

At CHH, our Osteopaths are committed to developing a personalised treatment plan to help you get back on track towards optimal health and wellbeing. In summary, we provide our diagnostic opinion regarding your condition, any further investigations that may be needed, frequency and amount of treatment required for resolution, general advice on posture, activities to avoid to prevent re-aggravation, exercise advice (stretching and strengthening), ergonomic advice, nutritional advice and more. This summary is all written for you into a small booklet for you to take with you. There is nothing better than a plan!

Members of Osteopathy Board of Australia and Osteopathy Australia

The Osteopaths at Canterbury Health Hub are registered with the Osteopathy Board of Australia and are members of Osteopathy Australia (OA) – the national professional body representing Osteopaths.

Highly experienced therapists Fast and effective relief Convenient Location On-Site Parking Instant HICAPS Health Fund Rebates General Enquiry Call (03) 9836 3688 Book Online

Why Choose Osteopathy at CHH?

At Canterbury Health Hub, our Osteopaths offer extensive experience and are recognised as one of the most highly reputable groups in the eastern suburbs. We will work with you to uncover the real reasons for your problem and outline exactly what is required for resolution. We thoroughly listen, educate and guide you and provide you with the necessary tools so you can return to doing the things you love.

Solving your healthcare puzzle

Solving your healthcare puzzle

Every person's healthcare needs are different. That's why we work with you to uncover the missing pieces of your healthcare puzzle. We recognise that the best results are achieved through thorough case history taking, high quality treatment, appropriate rehabilitation and injury prevention strategies.

We have been providing care since 1998

We have been providing care since 1998

We are a group of highly experienced and dedicated Osteopaths who pride ourselves on delivering both efficient and effective treatment results for people of all age groups. Our osteopathic experience at CHH sets us apart.

Personalised treatment program

Personalised treatment program

You receive a personalised treatment program, which outlines our initial assessment and recommended action plan. This leaves you feeling assured of your treatment and confident that we are working towards a solution.

We are committed to you

We are committed to you

When you partner with CHH, you're choosing a results-driven clinic that is passionate about helping to get you back on track. We aim to thoroughly understand your goals and objectives that matter most to you and use our years of experience in delivering resolution.

Diverse range of referral partners

Diverse range of referral partners

We pride ourselves on a diverse network of Medical and Allied Health professionals who can support you to achieve your healthcare goals. These include G.P.'s, specialists and exercise physiologists and we refer to them as required.

Industry registration and continued learning

Industry registration and continued learning

We are registered with Osteopathy Australia, AHPRA and attend regular Continued Professional Development courses to further enhance our skills and knowledge, providing you with the most up to date treatment approaches.

Get in touch today

Get in touch today

Need help finding the right practitioner or don’t know what type of treatment you need? Our friendly reception team are ready to help you find the right practitioner for you.

Tel: (03) 9836 3688 Fax: (03) 9836 3687 7/333 Canterbury Road,
Canterbury Vic 3126

Typical response time: under 1 hour (Mon-Sat)