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What is osteopathy?

Osteopathic Medicine is a unique form of hands-on manual therapy combined with specific exercise. Osteopaths are concerned with the whole body & how it functions as a whole. Our special focus is joints & connective tissue, however, we do our best to facilitate the body to heal itself by analysing the normal & abnormal movement of any body tissue. First, we aim to get people out of pain, the reason most people come to see us in the first place.
When you see an Osteopath, initially they will take a full thorough medical history, then carry out a detailed physical exam including orthopaedic testing. A diagnosis will be made & a treatment plan formulated. Sometimes you will be referred elsewhere for a 2nd opinion or for medical imaging, X-rays etc &/or blood tests. Osteopathy is a very safe form of treatment, there is good evidence for this. The risks are much lower than even over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen.

In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training.  This training incorporates study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, general medical diagnosis, and osteopathic techniques.  Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions which may require referral to a medical practitioner

DR JEFF HARRIS

HND, BClin Sc’, BSc(hons), PGCE MHSc(Osteo)

I am an experienced Osteopath diagnosing & treating physical pain syndromes using physical hands-on treatment, dry needling & specific exercise.

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How Osteopathy Can Help You

Adults

The adult body has developed its own rhythms and compensations for managing the stresses and strains of everyday living. Maybe you have an old injury that has caused you to favour a particular leg in the way you walk or your occupation requires you to hold a particular posture (such as sitting, bending or reaching) for long periods. Whatever your situation, your body has adapted to support you in your everyday life and in turn may have tilted your pelvis, tensed up muscles or curved your spine in a particular way. Redressing this imbalance that we have developed over a long period of time requires regular attention. Osteopathy offers the expert attention to your individual situation that identifies where imbalances exist in your body whether they are structural or muscular. These imbalances may present to you in symptoms such as headaches, backpain, postural pain, or other strain.

Treatments for infants and children

The process of birth places great strain on a baby's head and body. Difficult protracted births in particular can create a level of stress and strain stemming from the skull, that may contribute to a baby's irritability as his or her body tries to find a balance and rhythm for development. Distortions in the skull may hinder growth, coordination and postural development. As children become more active and grow to become teenagers, their body frame undergoes changes that require maintenance of a natural spinal curve and attention to the normal accidents, sprains and strains that can occur from being a normal active teenager. Babies, toddlers and teenagers may benefit from support of treatments as their bodies grow and develop into young adults. Each child is assessed for the specific challenges that their bodies face and to enhance their opportunities for strong healthy development. Children may also suffer from conditions such as Asthma or general growing pains that can be assessed individually and treated according to the balance required for the child's body to correct itself.

Back Pain

The spine is home to a nework of nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons that bear the strain of our body and send out messages of pain to the brain. Back pain can appear all along the spine from the neck area (cervical) to the upper back (thoracic) to the lower back (lumbar) to the tail bone area (pelvic). Pain in the back may even radiate out to extremeties such as hands and feet. Back pain can be caused from a huge range of activity including heavy lifting, sports injuries, accidents and falls, menstruation, pregnancy, bending or even sitting for long periods.

Headaches

Headaches are a commonly occurring ailment that ranges in its presentation from a mild discomfort to intense pain and varies in its frequency and length of presence. Tension headaches are a result of muscular tightness around the skull, neck or shoulders while migraines are severe headaches that may give rise to feelings of nausea, vomiting and visual sensitivity. Through cranial osteopathy, headache sufferers can find relief with treatment that uses gentle manipulation of the bones of the skull. Depending on the individual patient's situation, muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper spine can also be relieved through targeted massage to support relaxation of muscle tension that maintains the headache.

Athletic people

Whether you workout at the gym, are a casual jogger, play on a weekend sports team or are a professional athlete, you may find yourself with an injury caused by your chosen sport or are noticing some restriction in your body that's not allowing you to perform as well as you would like. Injuries seem clear when you take a particular blow to the body, fall badly during play or over exert yourself in trying to reach a goal. Other injuries may creep up on you as the continual repetitive motion slowly wears down a muscle or joint. Common sports injuries include neck and back strains and injuries to shoulders, elbows, wrists, hip knees, legs and ankles. Osteopathy has the potential to assist in recovery from sports injuries, prevention of injuries and improvement in performance. Treatments are directed to improve circulation and neuromuscular function and improve blood flow to joints and muscles. Gentle techniques involve manipulation, mobilisation and soft tissue stretching.

Acute and chronic pain

Acute pain refers to a short period of emotional or physical unpleasant sensory experience. It may be the result of an accident or injury and generally is pain that is expected to resolve quickly. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is continuing pain that lasts beyond a reasonable expecred period of healing. Whether the pain you experience is a direct result of a particular event or has been an ongoing problem for a long time, the osteopathic approach is to gain a whole picture of the history of the pain and other pre-existing conditions that may contribute to the onset of acute pain or the maintenance of chronic pain. Some examples of acute pain include a sporting injury, headache, joint sprain or muscle strain. Some examples of chronic pain include neck or back pain where the pain signals are still being sent but the tissue damage is no longer evident.

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98 - 102 End Street Deniliquin, New South Wales

0448 015 666

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