Osteopathy is a popular form of alternative medical treatment that involves a number of restorative approaches: manual therapy, massage, exercise, lifestyle advice, and more. Many visit an osteopath to help relieve pain and discomfort.
Here in Australia, osteopaths are government registered, and must hold university training in several medical and healthcare fields.
If you’re looking to improve your well-being by increasing mobility, minimising tension, and eliminating pain, an osteopath could help. In the article, we’ll share our top picks for osteopaths in the Canberra region.
What Makes an Effective Osteopath?
When looking for an osteopath, keep an eye out for the following must-have traits.
- Necessary registration. Never visit an unregistered osteopath. Government registration ensures your osteopath can provide effective, safe treatment.
- Qualifications. As we mentioned above, osteopaths are required to have some tertiary qualifications in the areas of anatomy, pathology, physiology, and general healthcare.
- A holistic approach. We all know that there is no one-size-fits-all medical treatment. The best osteopaths approach your ailments with a holistic attitude.
- Professional service. As with all medical services, you should feel completely comfortable and confident in your practitioner. They should behave in a friendly yet professional manner.
- A comfortable environment. Some aspects of an osteopathic treatment require you to relax. If you’re in an unclean, strange, or overly clinical environment, you may not be able to get the most out of your appointment.
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The Top Canberra Osteopaths According to You
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In 2013 Dr Samita Patel decided to open her own osteopathy practice so she could provide a full spectrum of services. She has since trained in visceral manipulation techniques and continues to treat her ongoing and new patients. Her friendly and caring attitude is testament to her growing business and expertise in Osteopathy.
Patrick’s wholistic nature allows his treatment to be gentle yet specific and he finds his patients respond really well under his care. He welcomes people of all ages into his practice from newborns to the elderly. His new clinic in Narrabundah is modern and easy to find. Patrick is available for appointments every weekday except Thursday.
Their team of 8 Osteo’s, based in Phillip, are dedicated to relieving pain and gaining optimal health through Osteopathy. With services available for babies, kids, pregnant women and adults, Canberra Osteopathic Centre seeks to find the best state of balance for your body. Open Monday to Saturday; their easy to use online booking system will find a time to suit your schedule.
Located at the Hackett shops Dr Anna Walton, Dr Betsy Foskett, and Dr Lauren Bowman are all highly trained and professional Osteopaths ready to help you and your family. Between all three ladies, they have a wide range of experience across various conditions. Easing pain and discomfort and working to rehabilitate each individual client is always their joint goal.
Osteopathy, pilates and massage are all available from the Braddon based practice. Dr Kieran Step, Dr Tom Eastman and Dr Stephanie Villinger are all skilled experienced Osteo’s and Yvette Croft offers 18 years experience in remedial massage. The entire team believe in a hands on approach and create individual treatment to each of the clients.
Have You Tried Osteopathy in Canberra?
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