What is Osteopathy?



family_together-300x199Osteopathy is a “whole body” system of manual therapy, based on unique biomechanical

principles, which uses a wide range of techniques to treat musculo-skeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body. 

Osteopathy uses ‘hands-on’ techniques to influence the way the body works. By manipulating the muscles, tendons, joints, connective tissue and ligaments, treatment can provide relief to the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and also the circulatory,respiratory and immune systems of the body. In this way, it is seen as a form of manual medicine which can influence all systems of the body towards a more efficient and holistic state of health.

In Australia, Osteopaths are statutorily registered practitioners with five years of full-time university training covering anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical diagnosis along with Osteopathic techniques.

 Philosophy / Principles

Principles of Osteopathy:

  • The body is one unit.
  • The functions and structure of the body are interrelated.
  • Our body has its own self regulatory mechanisms.  Each body has the inherent capacity to heal and repair itself.
  • Diseases arise when the normal balance of the body is disturbed by external or internal influences like the environment. The movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health. The nervous system plays an important part in controlling the fluids of the body.

How do we treat today and what does it consist of?

Your treatment will begin with a full case history and a thorough physical examination. The Osteopath will use highly developed skills of palpation and orthopaedic testing to find areas of stress, strain or weakness in the body and after making a diagnosis, treat specific areas relating to your complaint. The techniques employed are gentle and may be effective. The techniques your Osteopath will use may include:


  • Soft tissue techniques on muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Stretching
  • Articulation of joints
  • Joint manipulation
  • Trigger point treatment
  • Myofascial treatment
  • Craniosacral Treatment
  • Lymphatic Drainage




Techniques employed are generally safe and may cause some side effects in some people. These can be temporary soreness after treatment, bruising, muscle injury. Manipulation of the spine does carry risks which include: injury to arteries of the neck (reported incidence of 1:400,000 to 1:2,000,000) which can cause stroke; rupture to discs causing arm or leg pain, weakness and/or sensory phenomenon. The clinic aims to minimise these risks by taking a thorough medical history and performing relevant orthopaedic/physical exam as indicated by your specific history.

Who can benefit from Osteopathic Treatment?

Most people come to see Osteopaths because they are in physical pain. Headaches, backaches and neck pains are some of the more common complaints that we treat. Osteopathic treatment however can help with a wide and varied range of conditions including:headache-254x300

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Joint pain
  • Sciatica
  • Restricted mobility
  • Poor posture
  • Neuralgia
  • Stress related problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Pregnancy musculoskeletal complaints
  • Paediatric conditions such as torticollis, hip problems and scoliosis
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraines

Treatment is suitable for most members of the community, from young to old, all areas of occupation, to all family members.


The established North Western Osteopathic Clinic offers the best in osteopathic care for the treatment of paediatrics, children and teenagers.

We have a keen interest in infancy, embryology and common conditions associated with this. This supports our continuing interest and love of treating families from mothers preparing for babieschildbirth, to improving musculoskeletal function of babies, children and teenagers.

Our goal is to educate our patients especially mothers and parents so they may understand their infant/child’s condition, and empower them with the knowledge of home based techniques and management strategies to give their baby the best possible start to life.

The Osteopaths provide treatment for musculoskeletal imbalances in the infant’s body (caused by stress at birth).

We also treat children as they begin their school years. Factors such as unresolved birth trauma, poor posture, heavy school bags and non supportive school shoes can contribute to musculoskeletal complaints. 


At NWOC, we offer one on one Clinical Pilates sessions. This involves a thorough history and physical assessment followed by exercises appropriate to the individual. Clinical Pilates focuses on the deeper, smaller, stabilising muscles of the low back, abdomen and shoulder girdle. Such sessions may be appropriate for injury rehabilitation, pre and post pregnancy or postural support. Speak to our Osteopath regarding this.

The possible benefits you gain from Clinical Pilates:


  • improved posture & flexibility
  • increased muscle strength & relaxation
  • relief from back, neck, shoulder & pelvic pain
  • injury prevention
  • improved performance & body condition
  • reduced mental & emotional stress
  • rehabilitation
  • increased energy & vitality
  • pre & post-natal conditioning
  • pelvic floor and core muscle conditioning

* All Therapies are claimable with Private Health Insurance if Osteopathy is part of your extras package

Book your Pilates appointment with Dr. Julia McManus today Monday 12pm – 6pm, Tuesday 9am – 1pm and Friday 12pm – 7pm

Dry Needling

Dry Needling involves the utilisation of a fine filament needle to release
hyper-irritable knots within a taut band of muscle, known as Trigger points, which often cause referred pain.  The aim of the technique is to deactivate the trigger point and therefore promote muscular relaxation, pain relief and restore normal physiology to the muscle.

  • Overuse injuries (eg. tennis elbow, golfers elbow, tendinopathies)20150416_105131
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscular tightness / cramps (eg Spinal, Upper extremity, Lower extremity)
  • Postural concerns / strains
  • Upper back and neck pain / tension
  • Headaches
  • Buttock, thigh or leg pain.

Book your Dry Needling appointment with Dr. Amy Lawton today.