Pain

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Ballarat osteopath - Treating PainPain is the most common reason people choose to see an osteopath. In particular neck and back pain, headaches and migraines, and shoulder pain are the most common complaints.

We try to help our patients achieve better health by assessing where they feel their pain and how it may be affecting their whole body. For example, often a patient will complain of chronic headaches and we will assess and treat their neck, head and shoulders. We will also always look at the whole body and often find other areas of strain, for instance in the lower back, and treat these areas as well.

This may be particularly important with pain that has been felt for a long time. If we just treat the painful area, you may only feel short-term relief. When we treat strain in other parts of the body as well, you may gain longer lasting relief or your pain may not return at all.

 

 Osteopaths commonly treat:

Low back pain and sciatica

Neck pain

Headache/Migraine

Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, impingement syndrome, shoulder instability

Upper and lower limb pain

Jaw (TMJ) pain

Pelvic pain and pelvic instability

Hand and foot pain

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:06

Babies and Children

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Ballarat osteopath - Babies and childrenOsteopathy is suitable for the smallest of babies right up to growing teenagers.

We often help babies with problems that are related to strains acquired during birth. If your baby is having feeding difficulties, suffering from reflux and vomiting, or is very irritable and sleeping poorly, then osteopathy may be helpful in alleviating the musculo-skeletal aspects, such as muscle tension and joint restricion, that may contribute to the above problems.

Toddlers and children commonly see us for problems such as postural problems, pain after a fall or fracture, scoliosis and other musculoskeletal issues.

We also see teenagers with all sorts of different problems. Often it is for pain associated with study habits and heavy schoolbags, too much time in front of a computer or gaming console, scoliosis, sporting injuries and bone growth problems.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:46

Biodynamic Osteopathy (Cranial Osteopathy)

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Ballarat osteopath - Cranial osteopathy

Biodynamic Osteopathy recognises that the embryological forces that created the embryo, are also the forces of growth and development, and the sustaining, healing forces throughout life.

Osteopathy has the core belief that the body functions as a single unit; body, mind and spirit.  Furthermore, that it is capable of self-regulation and healing. Health is our natural state and the body is always moving towards it.

Biodynamic Osteopathy is an extremely gentle and holistic treatment approach that views the body as a whole. As with any Osteopathic consultation, your osteopath will take a complete medical history, perform a thorough examination and testing as required and provide a diagnosis. With Biodynamic Osteopathy, there is further assessment made that is much more subtle: the patient may be fully clothed as the practitioner applies their hands gently to different areas of the body to assess how it is functioning and the structures that may need assistance back to health.

With this information, the Osteopath assists the body to a resting place, a point of balance. It is thought this supports the body to come to ease, rest and heal. People often comment on feeling very relaxed and peaceful after treatment.

Biodynamic Osteopathy is suitable for all conditions that normally present to Osteopaths and appropriate for all ages; babies, children, adults and elderly.

Osteopaths study Biodynamic Osteopathy as post-graduates. The full complement of study takes over 10 years to complete and includes specific modules in the Treatment of Children.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 11:10

General Health and Wellbeing

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Ballarat osteopath - Health and wellbeingIf you like to stay as healthy as you can, osteopathy may be a great way to help you optimise your efforts. We often give advice on exercise, stretching, and lifestyle changes that may help to improve your health.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 10:42

Pregnancy (before, during and after)

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Ballarat osteopath - Pregnancy, before, during and afterThe health of the musculoskeletal system is very important during pregnancy, labour, delivery and post-natally. Osteopaths can assist pregnant women to achieve and maintain their physical health. .

Some women experience some pain, discomfort and illness during pregnancy. Some of the most common complaints include low back and pelvic pain and instability, sciatica, neck pain, headaches, shoulder and mid-back pain.
To accommodate the growing foetus the body undergoes tremendous changes. Increased abdominal size due to growth of the baby causes the body’s centre of gravity to shift forward. This can place strain on the lumbar spine and pelvis. Hormonal changes that prepare the body for delivery cause softening of muscles and supporting ligaments. The combination of these two factors frequently result in stress on the low back and pelvic joints which can cause low back and pelvic pain, and associated leg pain or sciatica.
During birth, the descent of the baby through the pelvis is influenced by the tone of the ligaments, the release of hormones, the strength of uterine contraction, gravity and position of the baby. If the mother's pelvis is unstable or lacking mobility, it may interfere with the baby’s passage through the birth canal. 
After birth some women experience persistent low back pain, mid-back pain or neck pain. This is usually associated with the change in physical activity that new mothers experience. Activities such as breast feeding, carrying the baby and the constant bending over to pick the baby up from cots, change tables and the floor can play a role in the development and persistence of musculoskeletal pain for new mothers.
Last Updated on Friday, 30 June 2017 11:55

Injury recovery

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Ballarat osteopath - Injury recoveryBeing injured can be very frustrating.

If you are an elite sportsperson, a weekend warrior or just trying to keep fit, we can help to get you back out there as soon as possible.

Whether you twisted your knee on the weekend, had a fall off your bike or horse, have a repetitive strain, or are recovering from surgery, we can help you overcome your injury. We can individually tailor a rehab program to suit your specific needs and help you to a complete recovery.

We often see people who have sustained injuries from a motor vehicle accident or from a workplace injury. Our osteopaths are registered to treat people with TAC and Workcover claims.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 March 2016 10:40