Osteopathy | Musculoskeletal Assessment, Examination, Diagnosis


Osteopaths are focused on musculoskeletal assessment, examination, diagnosis and the application of ‘hands on’ or manual therapy procedures and techniques.

Osteopathy is the science and art of identifying and releasing the structures and tissues of the body, to help restore optimal function. It is not one particular technique. Osteopathy aims to restore health and reduce pain through the application of hands on techniques to the structures of the body.

The primary aim of applying these “hands on” techniques to the body is to accelerate the body’s natural self-healing processes.

Osteopaths take a thorougher medical history and examine the musculoskeletal structures and posture of the body and will then tailor specific treatment and or managment for the individual patient.

Osteopaths are trained in the use of a variety of different treatment techniques and approaches including mobilisation and manipulation of muscles and joints. Osteopaths focus heavily on the soft tissues and us a variety of styles including stretching, massage and release techniques to affect the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia).

Osteopaths are also trained to help in the rehabilitation process and can assist in exercise prescription and management. In particular we like to work closely with exercise professionals to assist patients in understanding how exercise can assist in recovery or genernal health maintenance

In Australia, Osteopathy is a 5 year, full time university program with rigorous training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). They are primary health care practitioners trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal system and other systems where necessary, and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral.

All of our Osteopaths at MOVE are university trained with masters level qualifications, government registration and in compliance with national registration we all regularly complete and are involved in continuing professional development and education outside of our practice.



A needling procedure that uses very fine needles inserted into muscles. The term is used to differentiate from medical injection needling procedures and to different from Acupuncture. Dry needling is not Acupuncture. It is simply a technique that many osteopaths and physiotherapists use to release tight and restricted muscles. A fine Acupuncture needle is inserted into a target tissue. It can be a useful technique for muscular pain and tension, especially when complemented by examination, other manual therapy procedures.


Optimal health and wellbeing starts with a health well balanced diet and optimal nutrition.

Modern Nutricueutical Products are produced under strict guidelines and in controlled environments. They are designed to assist when the body is deficient or overwhelmed by certain conditions.  The ‘practitioner only’ brands of products we use are for specific conditions where there is evidence to support its use.

In particular, we prescribe products that have specific combinations of nutrients and have been scientifically validated for the following effects:

  • anti inflammatories
  • muscle relaxants
  • cartilage supports
  • bone supports
  • collagen supports
  • support detoxification pathways
  • improve digestive function
  • improve or indeed reduce immune strength

Rock tape, dynamic tape and Kinesio tape are brands of tape. Each has a different quality and each is used for a different type of outcome. Each type of tape allows the practitioner to do different things depending on what they are trying to achieve. In general, these tapes have visco-elastic properties and a stretch/ recoil nature that assists in absorbing load and reducing the strain/ work on targeted tissues. Some stretch and recoil in one direction and others in multiple directions. They may be used to facilitate and provide strong assistance to the function of a muscle, which may improve recovery.


SCENAR is a form of electrotherapy. Other electrotherapies include TENS, ultrasound, interferential etc. they all affect the physiology in different ways but use electrical impedance of the skin that can effect the brain and nervous system in the way it addresses pain and other complaints. Electrotherapies may be useful for assisting the healing process of many conditions.

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