Our treatments are specifically tailored to suit both the patient and the relevant problem. Our treatment methods include soft tissue massage, myofascial stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation, gentle indirect techniques and dry needling.
Regardless of age or gender, 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some time in their life. Quite a high statistic, but little surprise given the number of pain sensitive tissues around our spine, and the increase in sedentary occupations and lifestyles these days.
Shoulder pain is fast becoming a common presenting complaint at Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic. The reasons for this are many and varied, but could be due to some of the following observations: spending more time in sedentary positions, poor posture, changes in the position of the shoulder blade and increased muscle strain.
The most common type of headache originates from joint strain or muscle weakness in the neck and upper thoracic region. Other causes include eye strain, stress, poor posture, sinus congestion, infection or allergies.
Reduced joint or muscle flexibility may affect your performance and result in injury if you don’t realise that you can’t perform at your usual level. If you do become injured, your osteopath is highly trained to facilitate a return to optimal function and prevent compensatory strains from occurring. This may minimise re-injury and allow a quicker return to physical activity.
Osteopaths offer treatment for babies, children and teenagers for a variety of conditions. There are a range of problems that may interfere with the normal development of a child. Trauma during pregnancy and birth, childhood accidents and falls, or simply the rapid changes of the body’s growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Painful feet are very debilitating. Pain in the heel area is especially common and may be associated with a calcaneal spur, usually referred to as a heel spur. Osteopaths will not only advise you on appropriate footwear and exercises but will work to increase the joint range of motion and flexibility of muscles in the feet and lower leg.
Dry needling is a form of treatment that works well in conjunction with other Osteopathic manual techniques, and is used to target trigger points (knots) in tight muscles. It uses extremely fine acupuncture needles (0.25mm in diameter), which allows the practitioner to target deep tissues specifically and accurately.
Your osteopath may help prevent or manage a wide range of pre- and post-natal musculo-skeletal conditions, either solely or in conjunction with other health care practitioners. Your osteopath will carefully select the most appropriate treatment techniques to assure the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby.
OA osteopaths must be government registered, meet high professional standards and complete annual continuing professional education to practice.