Let’s Talk Osteos – Debunking Common Myths
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Let’s Talk Osteos – Debunking Common Myths

Let’s Talk Osteos – Debunking Common Myths

Osteopathy is a fast-growing field of the Allied Health industry (according to an AHPRA report release June 2022, in the fyears between 2018-2022, the Osteopathy workforce grew by 31.7%!), but there is still a lot of confusion around Osteopaths and what they do. If you’ve ever considered Osteopathic treatment, you might have come across some of these misconceptions. We sat down with one of our Osteos at Brighton Spine and Sports Kate Harkin who has been a practicing Osteopath for many years to debunk some of the most common myths and shed light on what Osteopathy is truly about.

Myth #1: Osteopaths Only Fix Backs

While back pain is a frequent reason people seek Osteopathic care, it’s far from the only area they address. Osteopaths take a holistic approach, treating a variety of conditions throughout the body. From headaches and neck pain to sporting injuries, Osteopathy can offer relief.

Myth #2: Osteopaths Are Just Chiropractors

While both professions involve manual therapy, there are differences. Osteopaths leverage their comprehensive understanding of the body’s systems to employ muscle manipulation, joint mobilization, exercises, stretching, and more, aiming to improve overall health and function.

Myth #3: It’s All About Cracking Your Back

The “cracking” sound you might associate with Chiropractic care isn’t a common feature of Osteopathy. When it comes to the manual therapy aspect of their care, Osteopaths utilise a variety of techniques to improve mobility and address restrictions in the body’s . This though, is only a small component of manual techniques that are utilized by Osteopaths.

Myth #4: Osteopathic Treatment Hurts

While some discomfort is possible after treatment, Osteopathic treatments themselves shouldn’t be painful. A good Osteopath will prioritize your comfort throughout the session.

Myth #5: Osteopathy Isn’t Real Medicine

Osteopathy is a recognized form of healthcare in many countries, with Osteopaths extensive training. In Australia, Osteopaths undergo a 4.5-5year double degree, which includes a research element. This helps to ensure that our Osteopaths practice evidence-based treatment and examination methods. Just like all healthcare professionals, Osteopaths must maintain registration with a governing body. For Osteopaths, this is the Osteopathic Board of Australia, which is a subgroup of AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency).

Osteopaths work alongside other healthcare professionals to provide a comprehensive approach to patient care. With this, Osteopaths are frequently included in your health plan that is managed by your GP, including in Team Care Arrangement (TCA) and Enhanced Primary Care Plans (EPC’s)

To learn more about the Osteopaths on the team at Brighton Spine and Sports you can visit the website here and book in directly via HotDoc, or by calling our reception team on 03 9596 7211

If there is a part of your condition or injury that you are struggling to understand, be sure to seek clarification with your medical professional. None of the information in this article is a replacement for proper medical advice. Always seek advice from your trusted medical professional regarding your health and/or medical conditions.