How We Treat

applied osteopathic care

At Oomph Osteopathy we offer a number of different techniques to assist and help with main management and maintenance.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.

All current medical literature points to the fact that the body works as one harmonious system, rather than as a collective grouping of separate parts. Osteopathic medicine has long known and studied this truth and thus has offered a unique approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Foot massage

We take a holistic approach to your treatment by reviewing your direct problem area as well as an assessment of your whole body and your lifestyle including your diet, type of work and sporting activities.  This helps us to understand the cause of your problem and find ways for you to gain immediate and long-term relief; offer preventative solutions; and equip you with pain management skills.

We use our hands to treat you.  We work with your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons using a combination but not limited to stretching, massage, pressure point and manipulative techniques to promote mobility and restore your body’s balance.

Generally, you would expect to see some changes to your condition within 3-5 visits.

Australian Osteopathic practitioners are five-year university trained and are government registered and regulated health professionals.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling is a form of acupuncture where the needles are placed in muscle “trigger points”. A Trigger point is a discrete, irritable, overactive point in skeletal muscle or fascia that can be felt as a nodule or band in the muscle. Palpation of the trigger point reproduces the complaint of pain, so area’s of needling is dependent on therapist feel and reports of reproduction of pain.

What are the Physiological Effects of Needling?

Releases Pain Relieving Endorphins
Increases Blood Flow to Injury Sites
Increases Oxygenation to Injury Sites

Therefore Needling can:

Reduce Pain
Reduce the Intake of Pain Relieving Medication
Reduce Swelling

When needling stimulates the nerve fibres in the muscles, impulses are sent to the spinal cord and different areas of the brain. These centres in turn release endorphins and other chemicals, which block pain impulses.

The purpose of dry needling:

Dry needling is used to strengthen tendons and ligaments, stimulate Golgi receptors and muscles spindles, deactivate trigger points, treat overactive motor points and provide growth and blood factors.

Is Acupuncture and Dry Needling Safe?

Despite the fact that it involves skin penetration acupuncture and dry needling are relatively safe treatment techniques.  Only 10% of patients reported mild adverse effects such as tiredness after treatment, dizziness and bruising at the site of needling

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