What is Osteopathy?

Osteopaths are healthcare professionals who specialise a holistic approach to treating musculoskeletal issues and promoting overall well-being.

Osteopaths use wide variety of manual techniques, such as joint mobilisation, soft tissue manipulation, and stretching, to address imbalances and restrictions in the musculoskeletal system. This allow treatments to be tailored to individual needs. By assessing the body as a whole, including joints, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues, osteopaths aim to identify and address the root causes of pain and dysfunction. Additionally, they provide patients with personalized advice on posture, exercise, and lifestyle modifications to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment and prevent future issues.

All Australian osteopaths have completed a 5 year double degree and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Our Techniques

Australian osteopaths use a variety of techniques aimed at improving musculoskeletal health and overall wellbeing.

Some of the common techniques employed by osteopaths include but are not limited to:

Soft tissue therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilisation and articulation and muscle energy technique (MET). Some of our osteopaths are also trained in the use of dry needling.

These techniques are tailored to each individual patient based on their specific needs, symptoms, and health goals. Osteopaths in Australia typically use a combination of these techniques in their practice to address a wide range of musculoskeletal issues. Exercises are often prescribed to assist with rehabilitation.

What to expect?

If you are a new patient to our clinic you will be asked to fill in a patient information form that includes providing us with your contact details, an outline of the reason for your visit to the clinic and some basic health information.

Your consultation will then include your osteopath taking a thorough case history, including questions regarding the site, nature and mode of onset of your pain. You may be asked questions surrounding your general health and past medical history as this will assist our osteopaths to provide an accurate diagnosis and administer appropriate treatment. Once your case history has been completed, your osteopath will perform a physical examination, explain their diagnosis and provide treatment specific to your condition.

There may be times where your osteopath feels it is important for further evaluation such as diagnositic imaging (x-Ray, CT scan MRI, ultrasound) is required or further evaluation and/or treatment from another health professional is necessary and this will be explained to you.

Commonly a home exercise program including stretching and strengthening is the recommended.

Low Back Pain

Content According of the World Health Organisation, low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints . It can occur at any age, however recurrent episodes tend to be more common as we age. Low back pain is considered a major factor in why people are unable to work and can restrict their ability to participate in their leisure activities. Depending on the underlying cause and severity the injury, low back pain can range in both its intensity and nature. Although there are many causes of low back pain, some common reasons include muscle strains, facet joint sprains, disc injuries and arthritis. At Lower Plenty Osteopathy, we are trained to provide assessment and diagnosis of your back pain and to provide manual therapy and management advice to assist you in getting back to feeling your best.

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What we treat

As Osteopaths, we are experienced assessing your musculoskeletal system.
Our approach to your health care goes beyond just looking at the site of your pain. Through hands on treatment and the implementation of a tailored rehabilitation program, we aim to assist you in achieving your health goals.

Neck and back pain

Muscle strains, disc injuries, joint sprains and arthritis are just some of the reasons you may be suffering from neck or back pain and are one of the most common reasons people seek osteopathic assessment and treatment.


Tension headaches are one of the most common types of headache and can be related to muscular tension and joint dysfunction of the upper back and neck. Treatment aimed at reducing muscle tighness and improving joint range of motion may assist in improving the symptoms of tension headache.

Sporting injuries

Whether resulting from acute trauma or an overuse type injury, osteopaths are trained in the assessment and diagnosis of sporting injuries and can provide advice and rehabilitation programs to get you back doing the activities you love.


There are many forms of arthritis with one of the most common being osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is characterized by joint pain and stiffness and a reduction in mobility. Your osteopath may assist by using manual therapy techniques aimed at improving the joint range of motion and muscular stiffness along with exercise and lifestyle modification advice.

Pain as result of poor desk ergonomics

Is a poor workstation set up contributing to your neck, shoulder or back pain? Our osteopaths can assist with ergonomic advice to reduce the strain on your body that may be leading to pain and stiffness.

Overuse injuries

Overuse injuries generally result from repetitive activities and can result in injury to muscles, ligaments, bone and tendons. Accurate assessment, treatment, load management and exercise rehabilitation is vital to the resolution of overuse injuries.

Workplace injuries

Whether resulting from trauma or from overuse, a work place injury can interfere with your both your ability to work and your ability to enjoy your day to day activities. We are here to assist with your recovery from injury.

Leg foot pain

Lower leg and foot pain can be acute or chronic in nature and be related to age, unsupportive footwear, poor biomechanics, overuse problems or acute trauma. Ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendinitis, arthritis and muscular strains are some of the issues that can result and our team of osteopaths are here to assist getting you back on your feet.

Hip pain

Pain in the hip, buttock or groin can occur at any age and be caused by a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues including but not limited to arthritis, impingment, tendinitis, bursitis, muscle strain, referred pain from the lumbar spine and development problems such as hip dysplasia. By performing a thorough assessment to determine the cause of your hip or groin pain, your osteopath can then determine the best management and treatment options for you.


Sciatic pain is the result of irritation to the sciatic nerve. Pain can be felt into the buttock, thigh ,calf or foot and can be accompanied by tingling or a feeling pins and needles. At Lower Plenty Osteopathy we are experienced in the assessment and management of low back and sciatic pain.

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