‘Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease. When the parts are readjusted disease gives way to health. The work of the osteopath is to adjust the body from abnormal to the normal; then the abnormal condition gives place to the normal and health and is the result of the normal condition.’ Taken from the writings of Andrew Taylor Still.
Treatment using Osteopathy in the Cranial Field involves placing the hands softly on various parts of the patient’s body, such as the head, pelvis or feet. The osteopath decides which body area to to focus on by taking of a full case history, undertaking a physical examination, and making a diagnosis. The treatment protocol is then discussed with the patient and a treatment plan formulated.
Treatment is usually done fully clothed although the patient might be asked to remove some items of clothing initially so the practitioner can carry out an examination on areas such as the spine.
Osteopaths are able to lodge ACC claims for patients with injuries directly without a referral from a medical practitioner. They can also refer for X-Rays and if indicated to other health professionals.