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Recommendations for osteopath in Canberra?

By longshanks 23 September 2011 26

Title says it all – any recommendations for a good osteopath around the traps would be most welcome.

I live in Weston Creek and work in Belco, so anywhere between those two areas would be fine.


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honestjoe 7:31 pm 21 Apr 12

Went to city osteopath clinic on recommendation of these posts last week now in more pain than before don’t know where to go?? I had the best osteopath. In Adelaide but he has passed away now I have tried one Tapper in Belconnen didn’t do anything and these lot who really hurt me – help I have tried physio before it dosnt help I need a good adjustment. I need help.

bywongqueen 10:26 am 28 Sep 11

Maxwell Fraval also gets my thumbs up, and I am a qualified scientist and sceptic. I also had doubts initially but my health has made a quantum improvement since seeing him in conjunction with my excellent dentist, who work together to solve health problems in a coordinated way. However, you are not likely to get in to see him unless you are a child or referred by one of his alliance partners as he is world best practice and not taking new patients, as far as I am aware.

Shanski_0 9:40 am 27 Sep 11

Calamity said :

I would highly recommend Canberra City Osteopathy – 6247 0733

+1
These guys are amazing. Cannot reccomend them enough…

Kristielee 8:48 am 27 Sep 11

+1 for Maxwell Fravals office in Tuggers. I tookmy daughter to see Sharnie McCooke there. She was fantastic

Aimee7586 12:09 pm 26 Sep 11

Mark Tapper – Belconnen Chiropractic Centre – he is an osteopath.

Sorry to the ‘haters’ posting comments but they really do an amazing job! I had a very painful join in my spine after having my second son – I couldnt sleep and did nothing but take pain relief. I went and saw Mark twice, I am now pain free and sleep all night without medication….and my kidneys are happy about that too!!

Watson 10:26 am 26 Sep 11

Tooks said :

Osteopathy and chiropractic was – for me – a quick fix which did ease the pain of my injury but did nothing to fix the problem. A good physio achieved more in a fortnight than months of work with an osteopath.

But sometimes there is no solution to the problem of course. But I get your point that it is usually better to combine it with other treatments.

tidalik 10:24 am 26 Sep 11

Sally Wallace in Swinger Hill is brilliant. Look up http://www.familyosteopathy.com

Tooks 10:16 am 26 Sep 11

Osteopathy and chiropractic was – for me – a quick fix which did ease the pain of my injury but did nothing to fix the problem. A good physio achieved more in a fortnight than months of work with an osteopath.

mouldy 10:03 am 26 Sep 11

ScienceRules said :

Well I suppose if you MUST see a snake-oil salesman, just choose the cheapest one. Neither osteopathy or chiropractic have any scientific, medical or biological plausibility so if you insist on pissing your money away, just make sure you don’t have anything seriously wrong with you to start with.

Sorry champ, but I’ll have to pull you up on that one. I can’t comment on Chiro as I have no experience with them. I am however a physio that works in the same practice as Osteopaths. Osteopaths are allied health professionals (just like nurses, physios and many others). They are not medical doctors nor do they profess to being such. Osteopathy is however a treatment option for musculoskeletal injuries that is EVIDENCE based practice. Given that your user name is “ScienceRules” you are no doubt aware that evidence based practice is the cornerstone of any science based intervention. Maybe a little thought before we open our mouths with ill informed rhetoric next time?

Martlark 8:49 am 26 Sep 11

Go to Fravel’s in Kambah. If you go often enough you might take up all the appt. slots that my wife thinks she needs. Then I would not be sending my hard earned money off to la la fantasy snake oil land.

Katietonia 8:15 am 26 Sep 11

I go to Bodycraft Osteopathy in Downer.

Watson 9:58 am 25 Sep 11

ScienceRules said :

let’s count the logical fallacies shall we?

1. It doesn’t matter if I’ve had the same health problems as you have, the issue is the effectiveness (or otherwise) of osteopathy.

2. If you really have muscle spasms when people point at them then how were you able to tolerate “a sophisticated form of massage”?

3. They might know more about muscles and nerves than a masseuse but the latter doesn’t pretend to be practicing medicine.

4. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve said it, science isn’t a religion and never can be. Science change its position the light of evidence. Religion (and osteopaths) do not.

5. I don’t suppose you have any evidence for this lack of peer review do you? Didn’t think so. The scientific and medical world is awash with peer reviewed journals. They are not all top quality and studies have to be assessed on their merits. But that’s how science works.

Medicine isn’t perfect but well meaning quacks don’t contribute one iota of knowledge to the advancement of civilisation.

2. D’uh! Exactly my point?
3. I have never heard an osteo proclaim that they practice medicine really. I have only gone there after seeing other doctors, for some temporary symptom relief. I can’t see why anyone would have a problem with that? If I find that falling backwards onto a trash can cures my back ache, why would you question it?

This post is not the place to be discussing the general flaws in modern day scientific research, so I guess I am sorry that I brought it up. I’ll even take back my statement if you like, because that’s how much I care about starting a debate about anything on the RA.

But osteos get a thumbs up from me. Just only go to the ones that come recommended as – like with any profession – there are plenty out there that won’t help you. Which is what this post was about.

ScienceRules 7:50 pm 24 Sep 11

what_the said :

ScienceRules said :

Well I suppose if you MUST see a snake-oil salesman, just choose the cheapest one. Neither osteopathy or chiropractic have any scientific, medical or biological plausibility so if you insist on pissing your money away, just make sure you don’t have anything seriously wrong with you to start with.

Yeah, all these Universities selling these Bachelors of Science in Chiropractic are real snake oil salesman aren’t they. Next you’ll be telling me pyschology is the devil…

It is indeed a great tragedy that Universities have sold out to altmed nonsense. A Bachelor of Science in Chiropractic is as meaninful as a Bachelor of Science in Unicorn Breeding. They are both fantastic fairy stories and just as useful in treating people who are actually sick.

Having these courses available only degrades the value of real degrees.

ScienceRules 7:47 pm 24 Sep 11

You obviously never had anything seriously wrong with your bones/muscles/nerves. I don’t do alternative medicine, but I sure as hell wouldn’t let a physio come anywhere near my muscles when they spasm when someone points at them. However, I have been to osteos in those situations and walked out almost pain-free. What’s more, the treatment didn’t hurt either. I see it as a sophisticated form of massage, only they have a hell of a lot more knowledge about the skeleton and the muscle and nerve system than the average masseuse.

I’ve said it before, science is the new religion. Scientists and their financiers pick and choose what and how they test, peer review is pretty much non-existent these days and it can hardly be called objective anymore.

let’s count the logical fallacies shall we?

1. It doesn’t matter if I’ve had the same health problems as you have, the issue is the effectiveness (or otherwise) of osteopathy.

2. If you really have muscle spasms when people point at them then how were you able to tolerate “a sophisticated form of massage”?

3. They might know more about muscles and nerves than a masseuse but the latter doesn’t pretend to be practicing medicine.

4. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve said it, science isn’t a religion and never can be. Science change its position the light of evidence. Religion (and osteopaths) do not.

5. I don’t suppose you have any evidence for this lack of peer review do you? Didn’t think so. The scientific and medical world is awash with peer reviewed journals. They are not all top quality and studies have to be assessed on their merits. But that’s how science works.

Medicine isn’t perfect but well meaning quacks don’t contribute one iota of knowledge to the advancement of civilisation.

Watson 6:06 pm 24 Sep 11

Inappropriate said :

After all, universities aren’t about making money but more about education…

You mean the same universities that fund scientific research?

Inappropriate 2:39 pm 24 Sep 11

what_the said :

ScienceRules said :

Well I suppose if you MUST see a snake-oil salesman, just choose the cheapest one. Neither osteopathy or chiropractic have any scientific, medical or biological plausibility so if you insist on pissing your money away, just make sure you don’t have anything seriously wrong with you to start with.

Yeah, all these Universities selling these Bachelors of Science in Chiropractic are real snake oil salesman aren’t they. Next you’ll be telling me pyschology is the devil…

Can’t be snake oil if a university teaches it …

http://handbook.uws.edu.au/HBOOK/course.aspx?course=4597.1 (and http://handbook.uws.edu.au/HBOOK/unit.aspx?unit=400496.1)

After all, universities aren’t about making money but more about education…

what_the 11:33 am 24 Sep 11

ScienceRules said :

Well I suppose if you MUST see a snake-oil salesman, just choose the cheapest one. Neither osteopathy or chiropractic have any scientific, medical or biological plausibility so if you insist on pissing your money away, just make sure you don’t have anything seriously wrong with you to start with.

Yeah, all these Universities selling these Bachelors of Science in Chiropractic are real snake oil salesman aren’t they. Next you’ll be telling me pyschology is the devil…

Watson 11:08 am 24 Sep 11

ScienceRules said :

Well I suppose if you MUST see a snake-oil salesman, just choose the cheapest one. Neither osteopathy or chiropractic have any scientific, medical or biological plausibility so if you insist on pissing your money away, just make sure you don’t have anything seriously wrong with you to start with.

You obviously never had anything seriously wrong with your bones/muscles/nerves. I don’t do alternative medicine, but I sure as hell wouldn’t let a physio come anywhere near my muscles when they spasm when someone points at them. However, I have been to osteos in those situations and walked out almost pain-free. What’s more, the treatment didn’t hurt either. I see it as a sophisticated form of massage, only they have a hell of a lot more knowledge about the skeleton and the muscle and nerve system than the average masseuse.

I’ve said it before, science is the new religion. Scientists and their financiers pick and choose what and how they test, peer review is pretty much non-existent these days and it can hardly be called objective anymore.

ScienceRules 8:59 am 24 Sep 11

Well I suppose if you MUST see a snake-oil salesman, just choose the cheapest one. Neither osteopathy or chiropractic have any scientific, medical or biological plausibility so if you insist on pissing your money away, just make sure you don’t have anything seriously wrong with you to start with.

gertel 9:09 pm 23 Sep 11

Dr Mark Tapper at Belconnen Chiropractic at Emu Bank. He is brilliant – has improved my life/health very much for the better.

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