How does an osteopath treat adults vs. children?
The adult body is taller, heavier, and generally less flexible with regards to movement and function which can make adults just a little more prone to injury. As adults, our body structure is somewhat ‘fixed’ which can create limitations of body function, flexibility, and movement leading to injuries or illness.
At Growing Bones, our osteopaths work to keep the flexibility and adaptability of the adult body equal to that of a child. They use their hands to free up areas of structural restriction to improve pain-free body function and improve flexibility, with the aim of making movement through life easier.
Holistic osteopathy for adults at Growing Bones involves whole body assessment, individualised treatment, and take home advice and exercises if necessary.
What can I expect from my first osteopathic session?
Happily, most people find the overall experience of an osteopathic treatment quite relaxing and stress-relieving.
Your first osteopathic consultation will be one full hour to allow ample time for your osteopath to fully understand the history of your condition, thoroughly assess your presenting complaint, and ascertain the best individualised treatment approach.
(Subsequent consults at 30 minutes are standard. You have the option of 45 minute subsequent consults for more complex or chronic conditions.)
Your osteopath will also perform a physical examination to assess your general movement and posture, alignment of pelvis and spine, flexibility, muscle tone, and joint mobility. The actual treatment involves the use of relaxing but in-depth therapeutic massage techniques and gentle rocking motions to influence joint mobility and muscle relaxation. As restrictions in the body are located, they are massaged, stretched, manipulated and ‘rocked’ (articulated) to relax and release muscles and joints, and improve blood flow to the area.
You will probably feel quite relaxed and refreshed at the end of your osteopathic session, some people do experience some tenderness the days following treatment. We recommend you relax afterwards to allow your body to integrate the treatment.
What types of conditions are suitable for osteopathic treatment?
All our osteopaths have several years of experience in treating a wide range of adult conditions and pain presentations. Research suggests that osteopathic manipulative treatment has a therapeutic effect on lower back pain, neck pain, musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy, and headaches / migraines. (read more)
Adult conditions commonly presenting to our osteopaths include, but are not limited to:
Osteopathic treatment and management is commonly provided for a wide range of conditions in both men and women...
- Low back pain / sciatica
- Neck pain / headaches / migraines
- Postural concerns
- Hip / knee / ankle / foot pain
- Carpal tunnel / repetitive strain injury (RSI) symptoms / wrist forearm pain
- Shoulder pain
- Jaw pain
- Acute joint sprains
- Sports injuries
- Arthritic symptoms
- Chronic pain management
- Rehabilitation post-surgery
- Musculoskeletal preparation for pregnancy (women)
- Post-natal issues such as weak pelvic floor or abdominal muscles
- Osteopathy for pregnancy
Want to know more about osteopathic care?
To find out if osteopathy is suitable for you, please call us on (03) 9687 3040, or make an appointment using our secure online booking tool.