The philosophy of Osteopathy is what sets it apart from other medical disciplines. The key principles are based on all parts of the body functioning together in an integrated manner. If one part of the body is restricted, then the rest of the body must adapt and compensate for this, eventually leading to inflammation, pain, stiffness and other health conditions. When the body is restricted in movement, Osteopathic treatment assists the body with pain and stress reduction as well as increasing mobility providing the body with the opportunity to heal itself.
Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilization or manipulation of joints.
In many cases, Osteopaths complement the advice given by Medical Doctors. For example, people who suffer from arthritis are often prescribed medication by their doctor. In addition to the medication, Osteopaths can help ease the pain caused by joint and muscle stiffness by improving mobility and blood flow to the joints.
Osteopathy is aligning itself to be a six-year university course which includes a degree and masters qualification. Senior students complete clinical training under the supervision of registered Osteopaths at student teaching clinics.
All of our professionals at Continuum believe in working as part of the healthcare system often referring people to Medical Doctors and/or other allied health professionals when required.