Osteopathic Services

No referral is needed.
For Osteopathy appointments call 03 9708 8866

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As Osteopaths we are very aware of the link that exists between the structure of the human body and the way it functions. Our expertise covers the entire musculo-skeletal system, and all the major organs that rely upon it. Osteopathy has proven to be a safe and gentle form of therapy, which is highly effective in relieving and treating functional health problems.

We encourage our patients to pro-actively manage their injuries and ailments, which in the long term leads to better health.

Choose the treatment option that suits you

Any of the following options can be included in your half hour consultation time, (45 minutes for new patients). Please let reception know if you are interested in any of these options when making your appointment.

There are many different ways that Osteopaths can treat so if you have a preference for a particular style, this should be clarified from the onset. If there are any techniques which you do not wish to have done, please let us know. Your comfort and satisfaction is our number one priority.

Osteopathic treatment works on 3 basic assumptions about the body. These are:

The body has its own self-healing mechanisms.
The body is a whole entity, and should be looked at in this context rather than isoltaing parts of it.
The body reacts to the way in which it is used - for example, poor posture, often linked to extended use of mobile phones and computers,  can cause back and neck pain.

All ages and all fitness levels treated

We are able to treat all members of the community from school aged children to the elderly, and everything in between. While we are very experienced at dealing with sports injuries, many of our patients come to us with day-to-day aches and pains, such as in the neck, back and shoulders.

​Andrew doesn’t treat babies or toddlers although he does treat school aged children for conservative physical therapy. Unnecessary treatment of children has become an area of concern for parents and the medical profession. Andrew doesn't believe in unnecessary "regular adjustments for wellbeing" and these not supported by research nor is it considered best practice across most healthcare professions. However, at times, due to activity related strains and sprains, some developmental mobility issues and other reasons, adjustments may be necessary. Each case is treated individually and the patients’ goals and concerns are always taken into consideration. If needed, Andrew is a great resource for assessment, management, and referral as necessary. 

Osteopathy Treatment Methods

There are many different treatment approaches commonly used by your Osteopath. Osteopathic manipulation techniques focus on the principal that body structure and function are dependent on one another. When structure is altered via the musculoskeletal system, abnormalities occur in other body systems. This, in turn, can produce restriction of motion, tenderness, tissue changes and asymmetry. 

Using physical examination, medical history, and diagnostic imaging or in-house assessment using Spinal Mouse or Mobee Med where relevant, we identify what is causing your condition. We are then able to use a combination of different treatment methods to treat your specific problem.

Treatment could include:

Soft tissue release,
Gentle joint manipulation,
Joint mobilization,
Muscle stretching,
Massage and soft tissue techniques,
Articulation – gentle rhythmic joint movements,
Myofacial release*
Muscle Energy Technique**
Dry needling,
Kinesiology Taping,
Exerise Therapy
Real -Time Ultrasound,
Sports supports,
Braces,
Orthotics,
Rehabilitation exercises,
Ergonomic and postural advice

*Myofascial Release – This procedure is designed to treat primarily the myofascial structures. In the use of direct myofascial release treatment (MRT) a restrictive barrier is engaged for the myofascial tissues; the tissue is loaded with a constant force until release occurs. In treating with indirect MRT the dysfunctional tissues are guided along a path of least resistance until free movement is achieved.
**Muscle Energy Technique – encouraging muscles to work against resistance. In this manual technique the patient is directed to use his or her muscles from a precise position and in a specific direction against a counterforce applied by the physician. The purpose is to restore motion, decrease muscle/tissue changes and modify asymmetry of somatic dysfunction.

We are also able to give you general advice on exercise and nutrition. Or alternatively refer you to a nutritional specialist, or personal trainer, if necessary.

Osteopaths train for 5 years

Osteopaths in Australia complete 5 years of university training. They are registered as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise various conditions in all areas of the body and not just musculo-skeletal injuries listed below. Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that may require referral to a GP or specialist.

We may be able to assist with the management of:

Back & Neck Pain or stiffness,
Repetitive Muscle Strain,
Limb, joint and muscle pain,
Hip pain,
Shoulder pain or frozen shoulder,
Ankle pain or sprains,
Knee pain,
Foot pain and heel pain,
Arthritis,
Headaches,
Sports Injuries,
Sciatica,
Postural strain,
Tendonitis,
Carpal Tunnel and wrist pain
Tennis and Golfer's elbow,
Jaw pain,
Whiplash,
Repetitive Use injuries,
Post Injury Rehabilitation,
Post surgery Rehabilitation,
and many more.

We can also help with Team Care arrangements from your GP for Chronic Pain Management (EPC or CDM with Medicare rebate).
Please ask if you require forms for Work Safe Claims, Veterans Affairs Claims, and TAC Claims.
Private Health Care Extras claims are available on the spot. (Please check with your provider for your level of cover as amounts of rebates vary)

Spinal Assessment with the Latest Technology

Spinal Mouse

Spinal Mouse is a computer assisted measuring tool for the assessment of spinal posture and mobility.

There is no exposure to radiation, it provides detailed documentation that can be sent to your GP or other health professional, there is accurate measurement of the mobility of each spinal segment and the validity has been confirmed by independent research. Spinal Mouse is used world-wide and is currently availablein our clinic in Australia.

Mobee Med

Patient Assessment with Mobee Med

Mobee Med is a state of the art diagnostic instrument for the fast and precise assessment of joint mobility.

Mobee Fit is a technological measurement device which replaces a goniometer. It is a calibrated device designed to easily and accurately measure the arc, or range of motion, of a specific joint.

Measurements may be done lying or sitting.  The device is placed on the respective joint and with one simple click Dr Andrew Welsh (osteopath) can see the degree of movement the patient has. The device also allows us to mark when pain occurs to precisely locate painful areas. This also means with subsequent re-assessment we can easily see how your degree of movement has increased before pain occurs. 

Osteopathy with Dry Needling

How does Dry Needling help?

Dry Needling helps by releasing muscle shortening. It is now well researched that the ‘twitch’ response in the muscle during dry needling is associated with the muscle relaxing and stopping the pull on adjacent areas.

Are there any side effects? The most common side effect is temporary muscle soreness after the treatment. Occasionally there is bruising. If soreness lasts longer than a couple days please give the clinic a call on 03 9708 8866.

What can Dry Needling treat? Dry needling, when combined with osteopathic physical therapy, can be an effective way to treat some conditions. Utilizing trigger point dry needing can provide an option for patients to complement hands on therapy and exercises which can result in an improved range of motion, decrease in pain and improved function. 

Some examples:

  • Rotator cuff and shoulder issues
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist and RSI problems
  • Chronic muscular tension
  • Sciatic and gluteal pain​
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Dry Needling

Are there any contraindications to Dry Needling?

When making an appointment for Dry Needling, please let us know if any of the following apply to you:

  • Pregnancy
  • Metal allergies
  • Implants
  • Axillary or inguinal node dissection
  • Joint replacements
  • Needle Phobia

Kinesiology Taping

Andrew Welsh (Osteopath) is a highly skilled professional who utilises strapping and taping techniques to prevent injuries. He has trained in the theory and application of kinesiology taping.

Kinesiology tape is a thin, stretchy, elastic cotton strip with an acrylic adhesive. Therapeutic kinesiology tape that can benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries, plus inflammatory conditions.

Kinesiology tape is almost identical to human skin in both thickness and elasticity, which allows kinesiology tape to be worn without binding, constricting or restriction of your movement.

Kinesiology tape is used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of physical disorders. For the first decade after its introduction practitioners in Japan were the main users of the therapeutic kinesiology tape. By 1988 the tape had been adopted by Japanese Olympic and professional athletes before spreading across the world.

You would have noticed that more and more professional athletes use kinesiology taping improve their sporting performance, prevent injury and allow them to return to sport quicker.

Biomechanical Analysis

Biomechanical assessment, observation and diagnostic skills are paramount to the best treatment. Osteopaths are highly skilled health professionals with diagnostic skills to detect and ultimately avoid musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Poor technique or posture is one of the most common sources of repeat injury. Andrew Welsh (Osteopath) has completed a Master’s Degree researching hip flexors, hamstrings, pelvic and lower back biomechanics.

The study of ‘biomechanics’ – how each part of the musculoskeletal system interacts with and influences every other part – is central to osteopathy. Any joint or muscle injury must be treated as part of the whole body, since other parts of the musculoskeletal system will also be affected. For example, an ankle injury may mean that the patient limps and favours the other foot. Over time, this imbalance can lead to other injuries, such as soreness in the other ankle, knee or hip, or perhaps back pain. Many clinic and treatments have you “going back” over and over, with Olympic and Sports Medicine expertise we aim to discover the true cause of your pain, why it has developed and how we can work together to manage and prevent future recurrences.

Exercise Therapy

Andrew Welsh has been trained in the use of exercise therapy to strengthen your muscles and improve your function. Some exercises have been scientifically proven to be one of the most effective ways that you can use to solve or prevent pain and injury.  In consultation with you, Andrew Welsh will determine the "best exercises" for you and the most appropriate "exercise dose" for you depending on your injury. You may want to incorporate essential components of Pilates and exercise physiology to provide you with the best result. Please ask if you require any additional information or exercises.

Real-Time Ultrasound

Andrew Welsh can also use Real -Time Ultrasound so that you can watch your muscles contract on a screen as you correctly retrain them. Please ask when making your appointment if you wish to try Real-Time Ultrasound. There is no additional charge for this treatment, it is included in your normal consultation cost. We do appreciate advanced knowledge of your request to enable time to set up the necessary equipment and allocate sufficient time.

Special considerations

In some disorders – such as prolapsed discs, joint infections or bone disease – manipulation may not be appropriate. Your osteopath will ask you about your medical history so they can treat you in the context of your overall health.

For more information on our clinic visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or call the clinic on (03) 9708 8866.

For additional information on possible treatments. Visit these pages on Osteopathy Australia -http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/osteopathy-and-you.html