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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic form of healthcare which can benefit people of all ages from babies to the elderly by helping individuals improve or restore health and wellbeing.

What can osteopathy treat?

Osteopathy can be used for rehabilitation, injury management, assistance with general health problems / medical conditions or to generally improve individuals’ wellness. 

Musculoskeletal conditions our osteopath can treat:

  • Back pain, pelvic pain, or sciatica

  • Neck pain, headaches or migraines

  • Hip, knee or ankle pain

  • Shoulder, elbow or wrist pain

  • Sports injuries

  • OOS or RSI

  • Arthritis management

  • Pregnancy and post pregnancy related pain

Neuromuscular conditions our osteopath can help:

  • Sciatica 

  • Digestive or gynaecological complaints

  • Headaches

  • Migraine prevention

  • Asthma or breathing related disorders

  • Sleeping, feeding or digestive problems in babies

  • Recurrent ear infections in children

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What can I expect when I see KRC's osteopath?

In your initial appointment, we'll ask a lot of questions to understand your symptoms, medical history and lifestyle before a physical examination assessment takes place to help make an accurate diagnosis for you.

During a physical examination assessment, you will be taken through some movements and orthopaedic tests to identify any joint problems. Other examinations which can take place in your appointment can include, blood pressure or nerve checks, osteopaths can send for referrals for x-rays or ultrasounds without consulting with a GP. Communication with your GP and specialists can occur if an MRI or blood tests are needed.

Meet Kaitland Parks, our Osteopath at Knox Rehab Clinic.

 

Sometimes the cause of the problem may be in a different area to the pain, for example, pain in your lower arm may be linked to the nerves in your neck, so a whole-body assessment may be needed. 

 

Treatment involves manual therapy with hands-on techniques including soft tissue to release tensions in muscles, stretching muscles, improving mobility of joints, improving blood flow and lymphatic drainage as well as exercises to work on outside of the treatment room.

 

Dr Parks will explain what is involved before any treatment so you can agree to consent to your course of treatment. There may be times where you feel discomfort during or experience some mild soreness after your treatment, this will normally go away within 48 hours.

 

Generally you would expect to see some changes in symptoms after 1-3 visits, however long term chronic conditions will need longer and more frequent treatments to see benefits which will be discussed with you at your initial appointment.

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