Osteopathy is a holistic approach to health care that revolves around the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease. It is a system of health care that focuses on treatment of the joints, muscles and connective tissue with 'hands on' techniques such as soft tissue massage, passive range of motion and gentle indirect 'slow release' techniques that are especially suitable for infants and children.
As part of the holistic, or ‘whole person’, approach to optimal health, we also consider the roles of appropriate exercise programs, a healthy diet and nutrition, and emotional well being (through techniques such as stress reduction exercises and strategies) as important factors in your treatment.
Basically, the goal of osteopathy is to restore the individual’s natural abilities to heal, by using a combination of biomechanics, lifestyle improvements, and healthy nutrition.
In Australia, Osteopathy has been practiced since 1909 and, as well as the United States, is widely practiced throughout the United Kingdom, Europe and New Zealand.
Your initial appointment at bulb will involve...
History: A detailed case history will be taken of the current complaint, as well as a history of past and current medical conditions. Also a number of questions will be asked about your different body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory etc.) to determine how efficiently these systems are functioning, as well as whether or not they are contributing to the current complaint. For newborns or infants, questioning will also cover the pregnancy, labour, whether the child is breast fed or bottle fed, bowel habits etc. If you are pregnant, additional questions regarding previous pregnancies (if relevant) will be asked.
Assessment: Once the case history is obtained, you will be asked to undress down to underwear. There is an initial observation for symmetry, tone, colour changes and posture. Then neurological, orthopaedic, palpation and motion testing are assessed as indicated.
Diagnosis: A diagnosis is made based on the findings from the case history and the assessment. You will have an opportunity to discuss the diagnosis, probable causative factors and prognosis for recovery at this stage. Further investigations may be necessary to confirm or exclude certain diagnoses eg. x-ray (contraindicated in pregnant women, of course).
Treatment: With informed consent, treatment may consist of one or more of the following techniques: 'hands on' techniques such as soft tissue massage, passive range of motion and gentle indirect 'slow release' techniques that are especially suitable for infants and children.
It is most likely that you will require more than one treatment to achieve an optimal outcome. Subsequent treatments involve reassessment and treatment.
Here at bulb, we have a special interest in treating pregnant women and children of all ages. The most common complaints associated with pregnancy are lower back pain, sciatica (nerve related leg pain), neck shoulder and middle back pain. Women also seek treatment to optimise the functionality of their bodies both during pregnancy and during delivery as well as to speed up the recovery process post partum.
The most common reasons for presentation of a newborn or child are: colic, reflux, irritability, suckling problems, difficulty walking or crawling, difficulties during pregnancy or birth, childhood accidents or falls, sporting injuries and infections such as ear and throat infections.
Early stages of pregnancy are often associated with nausea, morning sickness, headache, fatigue and dizziness. As you reach the second trimester, the extra weight of the growing uterus creates a shift in the body’s centre of gravity. This extra weight gain and hormonally controlled ligamentous laxity can cause generalised back pain, sciatica from pressure on the sciatic nerve and pubic symphysis or sacroiliac joint pain from instability. Underlying scoliosis or structural asymmetries from trauma, previous pregnancies or congenital deformities can contribute to pain or a compromised uterine environment for the developing fetus.
Post pregnancy some women experience back pain or begin to suffer menstrual pain. These symptoms can be caused by ligamentous laxity and muscular weakness. Another common complaint in breastfeeding mothers is mid and upper back pain from postural strain. Post pregnancy treatment at bulb includes advice on breast feeding and sleeping posture and strengthening exercises for your pelvic floor and abdominal stabilising muscles.
The goal of osteopathic treatment for pregnant women here at bulb is to maximize your body’s ability to adjust and compensate for the changes associated with pregnancy as efficiently as possible.
The purpose of osteopathic treatment of children at bulb is to maximize your child’s ability to grow and develop to the best of his/her ability, unhindered by strain patterns and asymmetry that can develop as a result of being squished in the uterus, a difficult delivery, ear and throat infections, asthma, childhood falls or sporting injuries.