Osteopathy treatment is most commonly sought for musculoskeletal conditions such as;
- Intervertebral disc injuries1
- Chronic lower back pain2,3
- Neck pain and headaches3, 4
- Tendinopathies3, 7
- Frozen shoulder3
- Muscle strains3
- Ligament/joint sprains3
- Musculoskeletal pain related to Osteoarthritis3, 5
- Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain5, 8
- Postural related pains3
- Musculoskeletal sporting injuries3
- Dancing related musculoskeletal injuries3
- Biomechanical related pain6
- Women’s and Men’s musculoskeletal pelvic pain3
The Osteopathic approach
“We look at the body in health as meaning perfection and harmony, not in one part but in the whole”
– A.T Still MD, DO
The Philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other forms of manual medicine where the key principle is based on wholistic health functioning together in an integrated manner. Current evidence suggests that the best form of pain management associated with musculoskeletal conditions includes a combination of physical interventions, such as Osteopathy, lifestyle changes and proactive exercise regimes.
Here at Casey Central Osteopathy your treating Osteopath will assess and treat multiple regions of your body to ensure that the areas above and below where you’re experiencing pain are addressed as part of our wholistic approach. Your Osteopath will tailor the treatment to suit your needs with a multimodal approach consisting of a variety of structural hands on techniques such as;
• Deep and soft tissue release
• Articulation and mobilisation
• Trigger point therapy
• Manipulation of the spine
• Lymphatic drainage
• Myofascial release
Superficial Dry Needling
Superficial Dry Needling utilises fine sterilised acupuncture needles to effectively treat myofascial trigger points within muscle fibres11 . A myofascial trigger point is simply a bundle of muscular knots stimulated into a constant contracted state therefore producing your pain. You can often feel these knots within your muscles in the region of pain you are experiencing. You may feel a light prick sensation as the needle is inserted into the muscular knot, throughout the treatment you may also feel a tingling sensation in the region being treated. While more research is required to prove the benefits of superficial dry needling, some studies out there do suggest that the overall health benefits of this technique include pain relief in acute presentations, reducing inflammation and therefore pain, relaxation and improvement of sleep patterns.
The stainless steel needles we use are premium quality, ultra-thin and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
Cupping Therapy is an old Chinese technique where a cup is applied the skin. Negative pressure is then applied within the cup via a suction pump which then lightly draws the skin and superficial muscles to the surface. Gentle sliding of cups along the skin surface with mild suction can improve the efficiency of the treatment. It is very useful in rejuvenating the body by stretching tight muscles and fascia, activating the lymphatic system and promoting circulation. Evidence based studies out there have proven that cupping has had good analgesic and anti inflammatory effects on individuals who suffer from Knee Osteoarthritis9 and lower back pain10.
While the outcome of Cupping may leave you with round red marks on your body, it is NOT as painful as it looks. This dis-colouration is due to blood being drawn to the surface, it will generally subside within a week. It is completely normal if you experience some mild post treatment soreness or fatigue after a treatment, however this is no different from how you would after a normal Osteopathic consult.
Like any other technique our Osteopaths may utilize during treatment – there are always potential adverse reactions and outcomes to a particular technique chosen for treatment. Your qualified Osteopath will ensure that a detailed history and examination has been taken to make sure that these treatment techniques are suitable for you and that all risks are minimised to outweigh the benefits.