What Do Osteopaths Treat?

Working with a holistic approach to diagnosis, treatment and management, our osteopaths can treat a wide range of conditions using a variety of techniques


We believe that only by treating the individual, not just the symptoms, can problems be alleviated and a true sense of wellbeing restored. These are just some of the common issues that we see and treat at West Perth Osteopathy:

Back Pain

80% of our population, regardless of gender and age, will suffer from back pain at some point in their life. The common causes of back pain include: extensive sitting or standing heavy lifting injury pregnancy constipation or irritable bowel endometriosis or menstrual pain poor flexibility muscle weakness dysfunction. Some of the more serious causes could be disc injury, ...

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Muscle stiffness, joint strain, eye strain, sinus congestion, whiplash, stress, poor posture, jaw imbalance, grinding of teeth, infection, and allergies and intolerances are all common causes of headaches. Your osteopath can help to: improve general mobility reduce muscular tension, nerve compression and inflammation improve blood supply and drainage to and from the head and neck advi...

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Neck Pain

Your neck is a complex structure made up of the vertebrae and the joints and discs between them, and the muscles and ligaments that hold it all together. Any one or more of these structures can be injured. You can strain or sprain ligaments or muscles with sudden, improper or repetitive movements. You can even sprain a disc causing a bulge that can irritate a nerve. These injuries can result ...

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Sports Injuries

Osteopaths can treat and prevent sporting injuries in those of us participating in some type of sport – from elite athletes to weekend warriors. Common sports injuries include: Neck and Back strains Wrists Elbows Ankles Knees Legs Hips & Pelvis Osteopaths are highly trained in facilitating a return to optimal function, as well as in preventing compensatory stra...

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Caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve (a nerve within the buttock, running down the leg), sciatica is a painful condition with symptoms including: pain in the buttock or down the leg numbness muscular weakness pins and needles or tingling difficulty moving or controlling the leg Sciatica could be the consequence of a number of underlying conditions and causes. ...

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Joints and Flexibility

Muscular flexibility and joint range of motion are the major precursors to injury, and can limit sporting performance. A flexible person can perform for longer durations with consistency, while a less flexible person can be at a great risk of injury when pushing their self. Osteopaths use a variety of hands-on techniques in treatment to improve muscular flexibility and joint range of motion,...

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Knee Pain

There are many degrees of knee pain, and many contributing factors and causes. As well as treating knee trauma from specific falls or accidents, Osteopaths may determine the cause of knee pain and, most importantly, help you correct the mechanics of your knee and patellofemoral joints so that you are able to move around with confidence and comfort. If need be, an osteopath will refer you on...

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Ankle Sprain

Damage to ankle ligaments (an ankle sprain) typically occurs with simple, sudden traumatic incidents, such as rolling or twisting of the ankle. Pain, swelling, bruising and instability are commonly felt following such an incident. Osteopaths may assist in the rehabilitation of a sprained ankle using soft tissue treatment, active and passive mobility exercises, balancing and re-strengthening ex...

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Heel & Arch Pain

Foot pain can be debilitating. Pain in the heel area is especially common, and could be associated with a calcaneal – or heel –spur. Our feet are made up of a series of small bones known as tarsal bones. These tarsal bones start from the calcaneal (heel) and form an arch, supported by a strong band of sinew (plantar fascia) stretching across the sole of the foot underneath the skin’s surf...

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Bursas are fluid-filled sacks that sit between bones, tendons or ligaments when they come into contact with one another, preventing rubbing. Bursitis is the condition of inflammation of these bursas, and is usually caused by excessive tension or overuse of a particular joint, or by an accident such as a fall or car accident. The joints most commonly affected include: shoulder knee hip ...

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Osteopathy is suitable for everyone. Because of its holistic nature, individuals of all ages, with all varieties of health issues and conditions, may benefit from osteopathic treatment. If you have any questions about treatment of any of the above conditions, or any others, don't hesitate to ask your osteopath at your next visit to the clinic.

Research & Evidence on Osteopathic Treatment may be found here: http://www.osteopathy.org.au/pages/research-and-evidence.html