Here is a list of conditions that we regularly treat at Quay Osteopathy, but osteopathic care is suitable for any region of the body that is painful or feels like it isn’t working effectively. If you are unsure if Osteopathic care is the right choice for your complaint, please contact the clinic to speak with an osteopath directly.
Pregnancy is a time where women need to take the utmost care of themselves. With so many changes occuring within the body including shifting centre of gravity, hormone fluctuations and weight distribution, it is understandable that the body can feel strained. This most commonly presents as back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, indigestion, swelling and headaches.
Osteopathy is a gentle form of treatment that focuses on maintaining balance and alignment within the body during pregnancy. If the tissues have the health and flexibility to adapt to these changes it lessens the likelihhood of pain and discomfort during your pregnancy and, most importantly, places the mother in the best possible position for the rigours of labour. Osteopathy can help with both pre-natal and post-natal care.
At Quay Osteo we provide excellent care for expecting-mum's in the Torquay and Surfcoast area. We understand that it is such an exciting time and will do everything we can to make you feel great throughout your pregnancy. We have undertaken ongoing learning in biodynamic craniosacral osteopathy so that we have a variety of treatment options available to pregnant women.
We even have a specially designed Preggie Pillow that will allow you to lay face down without placing any pressure on bub, which allows you to fully relax while we use massage, stretching and mobilisation to have you moving comfortably.
Osteopathy is a gentle and safe treatment form for babies and children. It is often difficult for an infant or young child to communicate areas of discomfort or pain. Our osteopath has undertaken ongoing learning in Biodynamic Osteopathy, a form of cranial osteopathy, to develop skills that allow areas of tension or reduced function in infants and children to be identified.
Biodynamic Osteopathy can be a very effective type of treatment for presentations such as difficulty feeding (attaching and suckling), colic, poor sleep, excessive crying and general irritability.
It is sometimes asked why a newborn would need manual treatment? We must remember that the birth process can be quite forceful and traumatic for both the mother and the child. Long labours, fast deliveries, breech or posterior positions, getting a "shoulder stuck" or forceps and caesarian deliveries can all result in strain patterns developing in the skull and spine.
Newborns are remarkable in their design. The different plates of bone that make up the skull overlap during the birth process to allow for an easier passage of the head, which often results in a misshapen skull at birth. The body recognises this and slowly self-corrects. However, if other strains have taken place it can confuse or distract the body's ability to heal. Cranial Osteopathy supports these strain patterns in a gentle way that allows your baby to move back towards it's perfection and original "blueprint".
Each individual has different activities that they enjoy and different goals that they wish to achieve. Regardless of the sport you choose or how hard you play, beginning from a place of alignment and balance will increase your strength and enable you to reach your peak performance. Most importantly, it will help to avoid injuries caused by poor body mechanics.
Quay Osteo's founder, Dr. Laura Walsh, comes from a background as club osteopath at Carlton Football Club. Osteopathic treatment was recognised by the Carlton players as an important part of their routine to recover from game day and prepare for the next match. Increased flexibility in hamstrings and the lower spine allowed for more power with kicking, manouvering around tackles and reduced post-match soreness.
Making Osteopathy part of your exercise routine will help you avoid niggling repetitive strain injuries and structure a plan to move towards fitness goals that you'd never thought possible.
As club osteopath at the Carlton Football Club in 2009 and 2011 our principal osteopath has an excellent grounding in sports injuries, injury management and injury prevention.
When an injury occurs, there is rarely a magic overnight cure. Tissues take time to heal, regardless of whether it has been muscle, ligament or bone that has suffered trauma. However, understanding your injury from the outset and the expected timeframe for recovery will make a substantial difference in being able to structure your rehabilitation program and return to activity.
Quay Osteopathy prides itself on practitioners with well-honed diagnostic skills which include orthopedic testing and structural assessment. This means that we will assess the cause, location and severity of the injury accurately, provide referral for diagnostic imaging (x-ray, MRI, ultrasound) if necessary and explain all of this to you in terminology that you will understand. YOU are the most important part of the recovery process and we will give you the information required to get you back to activity quickly and avoid re-injury in the future.
Education is the most important element of treatment for this age group. It doesn't matter how many times mum has told them to "stand up straight", they don't listen. Sometimes this postural advice sinks in more quickly coming from their osteopath. Other key areas of advice include footwear, school bags, study/desk ergonomics and laptop usage.
Successful treatment of adolescents relies on them feeling like they are part of their own treatment process. So often we forget that teenagers are no longer children (no matter how many times they remind us otherwise), and answer for them or make assumptions on how they feel or what has happened.
At Quay Osteopathy we aim to gauge as much information as possible from the adolescent patient and then supplement this with what their parents have observed and a detailed medical history (even teenagers will admit to being vague on these details).
Treatment then depends on the individual teen. We take into account an individuals pain threshold, level of trust and forces experienced with regular sporting activites. Some teenagers will respond best to gentle, unwinding techniques similar to those used with babies and children, others will be at the stage of responding well to an adult-style, structural treatment.
The beauty of treatment with adolescents is that they rarely have chronic pain issues, therefore they tend to respond much more quickly to treatment than adults with a similar complaint.
We don't believe in old. Too often we see people accepting stiffness and reduced flexibility as inevitable as they mature. Or worse, they feel forced to cease activity completely because of arthritis or chronic pain. While there are times when injuries and weakness mean that we do need to rest an area or modify an activity, at Quay Osteo our goal is to keep you doing what you love. There are likely to be some battle scars and old football/netball/skiing injuries, but these tell a story of a life well lived. Don't accept age as the excuse for ongoing aches and pains.
Our highly-trained Osteopaths understand the mechanics of how your body works. Through a range of hands-on techniques that can include massage, stretching and manipulation, we will will tailor a treatment to suit your individual needs. We can't promise to make you 20 again, but by improving joint mobility we stimulate better lubrication and health of the joints which may reduce pain in chronic arthritis.
We are also trained in strengthening and rehab, which means that we can identify areas of weakness that are creating recurring problems for you. Having a foundation of strength and stability is the platform required for all activities - golf, hiking, chasing grandkids - your options are endless.
We pride ourselves on listening to your needs. Please contact us if you have any concerns or hesitations you'd like to discuss before making an appointment.
Golf is one of the incredible activities that goes beyond being merely a sport, but rather it is a lifestyle. And, at times, quite a frustrating one! Quay Osteopathy takes a special interest in golf from the perspective that a comfortable swing requires symmetry, flexibility and timing. Australia's own Adam Scott regularly sees an Osteopath.
If you are like me, in any given round, there are always a handful of those sweet shots. And each and everyone of them is followed by the thought: "If only I could do that every time..."
Do any of these statements apply to you?
- I need to take nurofen/panadol before a round to get through.
- My arthritis is playing up.My left hip/knee/low back hurt when I drive the ball.
- I might need to take the cart around today.
- Sorry, but I'm going to have to pull out of Tuesday's competition because of (insert pain)
To reproduce the same shot over and over, the body needs to begin from a place of symmetry. Quite often the position where our body feels symmetrical to us and where we are actually symmetrical are vastly different places.
Osteopathic assessment identifies the areas of restricted movement within the body that are maintaining your asymmetrical posture and applies treatment to correct this misalignment. Golfers will sometimes comment after a treatment that they feel crooked, while at the same time their wives or mates comment on how they look "straighter" or "taller". This is because our bodies develop a chronic habit of being comfortably asymmetrical. It comes as a surprise when it is actually balanced again, and can take a short period of adjustment before the tissues let out an "Ahhh..." sigh of relief.
Imagine what that could do for your golf game?
An incredibly powerful treatment style that requires subtlety and extensive practical application, biodynamic cranial osteopathy achieves profound clinical results.
By using light touch biodynamic osteopaths are able to get a picture of how the body is functioning as a whole, rather than a collection of individual systems (eg musculo-skeletal, respiratory, digestive etc). Honing in on an area of pain directly can mean that pressure is placed on that area of the body, muffling more subtle clues that the body is expressing about the deeper maintaining factors that cause a chronic, repetitive problem. Instead, Biodynamic Osteopathy communicates with the sense of health within the patient, a space where the system feels calm and neutral. This space is then supported and maintained as the tissues and systems re-organise around this balanced point.
Osteopaths believe that the body is capable of healing itself and biodynamic cranial osteopathy is a wonderful way to work with the tissues towards this goal.