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Osteopathy: What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Osteopaths spend five years at university learning how the various systems of the human body interrelate. 

The challenge in explaining what it is that Osteopaths treat is that they treat people. And people are complex. They are composed of muscles, nerves, arteries, lymph vessels, organs, bones. 

And more than that, they are influenced by the world they live in, what and how they live, what roles they perform, what hobbies they have, what foods or medications they take.

So when you have an ache or a pain or a discomfort, the Osteopath you see will be thinking about a lot of factors that may have lead to that sensation. 

And all of those factors will influence how they approach helping you as well as the advice and education they provide.

What Conditions Do Osteopaths Treat

  1. Upper and Lower Back Pain

  2. Ankle and Foot Pain

  3. Headaches

  4. Hip Pain

  5. Knee Pain

  6. Neck Pain

  7. Pregnancy Pains

  8. Sciatica

  9. Shoulder Pain

  10. Sports Injury

  11. Jaw Pain

  12. Wrist and Elbow Pain

  13. Concussions



Upper back pain frequently results from postural tension. Our work/lives are dominated by repeated positions. Human cashews is a common descriptor...

Significant joint and muscular strain results from sedentary professions that require a hunched-over stance or holding a very rigid position all day.

Upper back issues might result from gym injuries caused by overly relying on your strong arm when utilizing arm weights.

Lower back pain is the most frequent ailment our osteopaths treat, followed by headaches.

Although the lower back can be strained very easily, some of the more common patterns we observe are caused by pelvic imbalances, tension in the hip flexor muscles, or strain in the joints from carrying children on one hip.



A concussion is a brain injury brought on by the brain's acceleration or deceleration inside the skull after a major blow to the head or another part of the body.

Consciousness loss, headaches, pressure in the head, neck discomfort, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, or balance issues are just a few of the symptoms that may appear.

Osteopaths cannot help with brain injuries however they may be able to help with some of the sequalae of concussions. 



Headaches and migraines are among the most prevalent problems that can be treated by osteopathic medicine, and osteopathic medicine frequently helps to lessen their intensity and frequency.

To prevent vertigo, your body constantly tries to keep your eyes and ears level.

This could imply that any stress placed farther down the body could result in a compensatory stress placed on the neck, where tight muscles would then produce headaches.

In order to relax neck muscle tension and lessen your headache and migraine symptoms, our osteopaths frequently strive to ease neck strain, ease postural strain, and enhance function throughout the spine and limbs.

Similarly, when we are stressed we often tense our neck and jaw muscles. Relaxing those muscles and helping patients both manage stress and manage the physical manifestation of stress can be useful for headaches.



Hip pain can be brought on by sedentary work, as well as by lower back or knee strain. Or from muscle weakness, repeated stressful loads or from acute incidents.

Hip pain can also be brought on by arthritis, as well as the disorders perthes disease and slipping femoral capital epiphysis, which are more common in adolescents and will all be ruled out by your osteopath.

In order to prevent your discomfort from reoccurring, osteopaths will try to balance tension in the lower legs, thighs, pelvis, and lower back in addition to relieving strain in the hip muscles and joint.

Osteopaths will mix hands on work with advice and education to alleviate your hip pain.



The knee, another extremely complex joint in the body, contains specialized structures known as the menisci and collateral ligaments.

Most people have heard of abnormalities in these structures being surgically fixed by football players.

There are several knee strains that less physically active people complain about as well.

Your osteopath will work with the alignment of the foot, lower leg, upper leg, and pelvic balance to promote circulation and lymphatic drainage to the area, as well as to lessen strain in the muscles and joint structures.




Numerous parts of the body might influence neck joint strain and muscle tension.

The muscles in the neck connect to the shoulder, ribs, upper back, and in certain cases, the lower back as well.

Additionally, it is the final area your body goes to adjust for other stresses in order to keep you balanced, which can cause muscle and joint tension.



During pregnancy, a woman's body experiences considerable postural and alignment changes. Osteopaths are all experienced in assisting new moms with a number of common pains, including pain in the back, hips, pubic joint.

In order to make you more comfortable during your pregnancy, we will work with you to realign your body, ease joint and muscle strain, and minimize muscular tension.

For pregnant women experiencing limitations in rapid movement, our mild method is ideal.


Many people refer to this ailment as leg pain, but it is actually anatomical only when you feel shooting pain at the back of your leg.

Many osteopathic patients come in with agonizing aches in their legs from the back or front, or even severe pains in the groin.

While this is not genuine sciatica, it is nonetheless caused by a physical strain, and we attempt to remove both the shooting sensations and the aching. Osteopaths will also work with you to send you for any necessary imaging, such as x-rays or a referral back to your GP for a CT or MRI to ensure you don't have any nerve compression that necessitates surgical intervention.



The shoulder joint is the body's most intricate joint.

There are numerous reasons why you might be experiencing shoulder pain, including the fact that it is attached to muscles in the neck, upper back, lower back, and pelvis.

But this is frequently the case.

As you begin to sag, your arm turns inward, causing the humerus (upper arm bone) to hang from the shoulder's muscular tendons rather than from the joint capsule. This causes the tendons to wear out more quickly, which frequently results in tendonitis, which we treat.



Our osteopath's mild treatment method is ideal for sports injuries since it allows us to correct your strain pattern as soon as you get hurt without making you feel worse.

In order to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, which aid in pain relief and healing, our osteopaths work to realign your joints and reduce muscular strain.

Additionally, we align you properly so that the scar tissue that forms when a muscle or joint heals will be as well-aligned as possible and keep you strong but flexible.





Osteopaths approach pain issues differently from chiropractors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists.

They treat the entire body rather than simply the area of pain.

By examining how different body regions influence the body biomechanically, the osteopath may be able to relieve pain and enhance mobility more effectively.

But more than that, Osteopaths take into account who you are and what you do and really look at why the sensation you feel is occurring. 

They aim to relieve but also to help you understand so you can prevent it from re-occurring.


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Our Local Melbourne Osteopath Treatment Specialists

Providing Osteopathy to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield.

Dr Amelia Caunt Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.)MAOA

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M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.), MAOA

Dr Nicholas Arora Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.), MAOA

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