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What is Osteopathy?

Dr DeArne treating a patient's neckOsteopathy is a unique system of holistic manual medicine, which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it operates on a daily basis.

Osteopaths are highly-trained practitioners who focus on how a patient’s skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function together as a whole. As a manual medicine, both diagnosis and treatment are carried out with the hands.

In Australia, Osteopaths are statutorily registered practitioners who have studied the field full-time at tertiary level for five years. Just some of the areas covered within this degree include anatomy, physiology, pathology, radiology, neuroscience, orthodox medical diagnosis as well as osteopathic philosophy and technique.

The Origin of Osteopathy

The concept of Osteopathy was developed in Missouri in the 1870s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still. After several of his family members fell prey to an outbreak of spinal meningitis, Dr Still became disappointed with what he believed to be the inappropriate use of aggressive drug therapy. Instead, he began to advocate the treatment of the individual, rather than treating the disease in isolation. His new holistic approach to treatment was unpopular with other doctors at the time, however his persistence in educating others about his concept led to the establishment of the American School of Osteopathy in 1892. Osteopathy has continued to develop and gain in popularity since this time and is now widely recognised throughout the world.

How Can Osteopathy Help You?

Osteopathy can assist you with treating a number of common ailments and concerns to help in restoring physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. Our team of highly-trained and experienced Osteopaths focus on the joints, muscles, and spine to treat issues such as:

Because of the holistic nature of Osteopathy, patients of all ages with all varieties of health issues and conditions may benefit from our treatments and services.

Get in Touch!

To find out more about how Osteopathy may help you, or to schedule a consultation with our experienced team of practitioners, please contact (08) 9485 2800 today!


West Perth Osteopathy | (08) 9485 2800