Osteopathy is a ‘whole body’ system of manual medicine, this has been in practice for over 100 years! This system utilizes unique biomechanical principles to treat musculoskeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body. It was developed in the 1870’s by an American physician, Dr Andrew Taylor Still, who recognised the body to be equipped with everything necessary to heal itself and in doing so derived four key principles on which to base the philosophy of Osteopathic treatment:
In Australia, Osteopaths are recognised as primary health care providers and are trained to recognise conditions that require referral to medical practitioners or other allied health. Osteopathic university graduates hold either a double Bachelors or Master qualification. They complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques to enable them to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopaths are required by Australian law, to maintain ongoing professional development and education every year to stay in practice. In Australia, all osteopaths are required to be government registered practitioners. If an osteopath does not appear on this register they should not practice. The register can be found at: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx
People attend an Osteopath, when they experience long term (chronic) and short term (acute) problems, like the examples below:
YOU might be able to ask your Osteopath for information any other health concerns or for a general check-up.
Osteopathic treatment is non-invasive and patient-centric to facilitate ease of movement of, and integration between, the tissues of the body. They do this largely through helping patients to be free from inappropriate physical restrictions and tension patterns within the “whole body system”. Osteopaths and the World Health Organisation (WHO) defines these restrictions and tension patterns as Somatic Dysfunction, that is, the impaired or altered function of the body framework and all it's associated parts including muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue and organs.
This means treating patients as individuals first, before seeing them as members of a disease/injury classification. Osteopathy incorporates a holistic approach whereby the entire body is examined, and not just the area of pain/dysfunction in order to understand what the patient’s system is doing to heal itself, and what can be done to facilitate this. It also aims to aid in dealing with the complex interplay of all of the patient’s tissues, systems, and broader environment, rather than overly emphasising one specific part or aspect.
Osteopaths are unique in that they use a variety of hands on techniques. This means that techniques are chosen specifically for the needs of each individual depending on their complaint and preference of treatment methods. The expansive range of hands-on techniques means that it is safe and gentle enough for everyone from a newborn baby through to the elderly. These may include, but are not limited to:
Which might include thrusting techniques (e,g the audible manipulation of joints using a high-velocity but low-amplitude thrust)
Rhythmic/repetitive movements of the joints of the body, which may be rhythmic/repetitive
Application of low-load, long- duration manual force applied to muscles and fascia.
Muscle Energy technique (MET)
A range of techniques using active patient cooperation of either concentric, isometric or eccentric muscle contraction aimed at improving the range of motion of joints.
Osteopathy may help with a variety of medical conditions, including:
Your Osteopath will provide explanations of what seems to be happening and why (which can be particularly relevant to pain perception). They ask: “how would a body normally resolve this problem; and what is blocking that from happening in this individual at this time?”
** People often find it beneficial to have regular treatments in order to maintain their flexibility and relieve pain. Or use Osteopathy as an adjunct to their regular modality of treatment.
Dr Casey Beaumont has practised as an Osteopath first in Victoria and now in South Australia since 2011, after an internship and then graduating from RMIT University with her Master of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Health Science at Adelaide University majoring in Physiology, Pathology and Neuroscience.
Casey brings with her the unique expertise that comes from being a high-performance athlete. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors in the garden or at the beach, cycling, pilates and olympic weight lifting. Like any athlete Casey has seen her share of injuries and rehabilitated them. As a result of this, Casey has a special interest in biomechanics and problem solving!
Casey is a strong believer in using a holistic approach in helping you to find your own balance of mind, body and spirit in order to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. As a result of this, Casey offers individually tailored treatments, rehabilitation and advice to achieve and maintain health and wellbeing for each and every person.
Dr Courtnay Wood was born and raised in Melbourne, but we won’t hold that against her! She holds a double degree from RMIT University, completing a Bachelor of Health Science and Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy), as well as an external hospital placement in Goa, India.
Courtnay believes in holistic, patient-centred approach to treatment, management and rehabilitation. She is dedicated to helping you return to a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle; including your favourite exercise, sport or helping you to feel more comfortable at your occupation.
Courtnay's interest in Osteopathy has developed over her many years as a rhythmic gymnast and coach, compelling her towards maximising her learning and understanding of the detailed workings of the human body, especially in maintaining physical conditioning and injury prevention during training.
Courtnay welcomes all kinds of conditions as she values the opportunities of the ever-evolving health industry, evidence-based medicine and Osteopathic field. Courtnay endeavours to learn about what motivates you towards health and is excited to treat as many different aliments as possible to facilitate her continual growth and learning.
When not treating patients, Courtnay enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading a good book and travelling. She can speak French and is interested in other cultures and customs.
Mel has joined our team at Resilient Health from Melbourne after completing a Bachelor of Science, Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) and an Osteopathic internship in Melbourne in an extremely busy clinic.
Mel first became interested in Osteopathy after developing a range of injuries from netball as a teenager. Mel fell in love with the way Osteopaths treat the person and not the injury, and she always strives to create this environment for her patients too.
Mel is a very hands-on practitioner who enjoys treating any patient presentation, whether you’re sore from lifting small humans Mum or Dad, or an elite athlete having lifted a heavy set. Interning as an Osteopath in the lockdown in Melbourne Mel has A LOT of experience in treating ergonomic working from home injuries too!
Like the rest of our Resilient team, Mel likes to address all aspects of her patient's health by providing a balance of manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation, ergonomic and wellness advice. Mel also ensures that all of her patients leave the consultation room feeling fully equipped and empowered to lead a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Outside of the clinic, you will find Mel checking out local brunch hotspots, travelling, or winding down with Yoga and a good book. As she is not native to Adelaide, please let her know your favourites!