What is Osteopathy
Osteopathy is a ‘hands on’ approach to manual medicine that allows the practitioner to assess, treat and prevent biomechanical dysfunction of the muscular and skeletal systems. Osteopaths have a thorough understanding of how stress and strain affects your body, and possess the tools to correct biomechanical tension patterns to allow even distribution of force through the body’s structure, effectively restoring health to the body and alleviating symptoms.
Osteopathy in Australia is a Government registered Allied Health Profession regulated by AHPRA and is classed as a Primary Health Care Profession; you do not need a GP referral to make an appointment. All Osteopaths here at Maleny Osteopathy are also members of Osteopathy Australia, undertaking regular Professional Development and Learning, to ensure treatment and advice are of the highest standard, and reflect the latest advances in manual therapy research.
What To Expect
Osteopaths take the time to understand the patient and their condition by discussing relevant medical history and examining posture and movements. The subsequent diagnosis and prognosis is explained so you can understand the root cause of the issue and a practical treatment and management plan is developed, often involving specific exercises, stretches, lifestyle advice and activity modification. The Osteopath uses a combination of hands on techniques including manipulation, mobilisation, stretching and massage to help your body overcome restriction and instability in and around the problem area.
The body functions as a unit – Although the body has distinct components, they are connected and interdependent, so compromise of any part will have an effect on various systems.
Structure governs function – If the body’s structural elements (skeleton, muscles, connective tissues) are tight and restricted, it will affect how the body functions, moves and feels.
The body is capable of self-regulation and self-healing – The body wants to move towards a healthy state. The role of the Osteopath is to help loosen, strengthen, mobilise and balance tissues to create optimal conditions in the body to allow it to recover as quickly as possible.
What we Treat
Osteopathy focuses on optimising the function of your muscles, skeleton, nerves, circulation and connective tissues. By removing mechanical dysfunction in these tissues, Osteopathy can effectively aid in injury prevention, pain management, and improving your mobility, strength and performance. These are some of the issues commonly treated at Maleny Osteopathy:
- Neck Pain
- Upper and Lower Back Pain
- Postural Strain
- Sports Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Arthritic Pain and Stiffness
- Pregnancy Strain
- Tendonitis and Bursitis
- Hip and Knee Pain
- Shoulder and Elbow Pain
- Foot Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
Dr Kieran Schulz
Kieran graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2010 and, after gaining Australian registration, started working at one of Brisbane’s leading Osteopathic clinics; Move Osteopathy in Brisbane’s New Farm. Kieran has undertaken further study in musculoskeletal dry needling and functional taping. He prides himself on his friendly and compassionate approach to patient care and enjoys building a strong rapport with his clients. His professional interests include sports injuries, performance optimisation, and treatment of postural strain patterns.
Kieran enjoys hiking, gardening, ceramics and travelling around Europe. He is a keen swimmer and runner, and tries to read architectural theory books in his spare time.
Maleny Osteopathy was established to offer the Sunshine Coast Hinterland personalised, up-to-date musculo-skeletal healthcare of the highest quality. Our aim is to help patients overcome their biomechanical issues and improve functionality, thus relieving symptoms and equipping them with the tools and knowledge to manage and maintain optimal musculo-skeletal health.
We are proud to offer tailored, one on one health care solutions in a safe and welcoming environment. We endeavour to give 100% to all patients in every appointment. We intend to use an appropriately thorough medical history and examination process to inform an accurate and holistic diagnosis that informs an effective and efficient individualised treatment, management and rehabilitation program for each patient. We hope to empower patients to take control of their own musculo-skeletal health and encourage them to reach their full potential.