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Our Treatments & Services

Don't let pain persist & continue to interfere with your quality of life

We don’t just treat injuries and pain, we assess everything from your posture and performance, to general well-being

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Initial consultation & paperwork

During your first visit to our clinic we will ask you to fill in a new patient form. This may take up to several minutes, so please be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes early & with glasses, if required. Your treating practitioner will then ask you a series of questions about your presenting complaint, previous traumas, surgeries & other related questions, in the aim of devising an appropriate treatment plan for you.

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More about your treatment

Treatment will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes and various techniques will be used to produce a positive outcome to dysfunctional and pain generated regions that may be present. Your osteopath or chiropractor may use one or several highly specific techniques during the treatment process. These techniques are outlined on our Treatments page.

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How we assess

During this part of your visit your practitioner will perform some specific tests and examinations. This information provides insight into what may be causing you pain, and gives your practitioner the information needed to treat your particular complaint. Our osteopaths & chiropractor use their hands and various non-invasive tools to assess you. Tissue tone and texture, range of movement, the quality of movement, tenderness, and any degenerated areas that may be present, are all assessed and taken into consideration when performing treatment. If you have any questions during any phase of your treatment, please let your practitioner know. Your comfort is important to us!

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What to wear

We ask our patients to please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing to your appointment that allows freedom of movement. Gowns and draping will also be provided and used when necessary. Attire similar to that worn at a yoga or gym class enables us to treat you in your own clothing and does not restrict movement during the treatment process.

Types of osteopathic & chiropractic techniques used during treatment
Osteopathic Medicine is a system of healthcare, supported by expanding scientific research, that promotes health through the treatment of an individual as a whole, rather than merely symptomatic parts.
This kind of treatment approach enables osteopaths to discover and treat the root cause of a person’s complaint rather than merely its superficial manifestation.  All techniques are used for a specific purpose and selected by the practitioner to bring about a certain change within your body. Our techniques are outlined in the following slides...
Soft Tissue Therapy
Ranging from deep tissue massage, connective tissue rebalancing and various stretches. Deep tissue massage, connective tissue release, trigger points, strain/counter strain techniques, and specific stretches to create balance and restore correct bio-mechanical function within the body. Releasing such restrictions can be beneficial to restoring and optimising blood and lymphatic flow.
A passive technique wherein targeted joints and articular structures are mobilised through gentle movement back and forth. This can help diagnose restriction and improve mobility in a soft and mild way.
Muscle Energy Techniques
Involves the use of specific muscle contractions against resistance to a particular muscle(s) or its antagonist to realign various structures, alter tissue tone and bring about balance in the area of concern.
Functional Techniques
Several indirect techniques that position the dysfunctional region into a position of ‘ease’, wherein aberrant nerve impulses and tissue tone is reduced. A very soft and gentle approach often used when the patient is in extreme pain.
Counter-Strain Techniques
Involves placing a dysfunctional joint or tissue into the opposing position to which the original strain pattern originated from. This enables the nervous system to tone down and helps to relax surrounding connective tissues.
Spinal/Joint Manipulation
Using extreme precision with minimal force to realign a dysfunctional joint back into correct alignment. It involves a quick thrust over a short distance to relax the periarticular tissues and allow the normalisation of joint function. An extremely effective technique that helps to restore correct function and alignment to joints. Aims to restore optimal nervous system function and communication between the brain, spinal cord and nervous system.
Visceral Techniques
This treatment approach is not only gentle but has far reaching results on other bodily regions. Organ restrictions can often lead to neck or shoulder issues, low back pain or digestive complaints. These techniques are performed on the abdomen to influence a positive change to dysfunctional organs and connective tissue by enhancing blood flow, connective tissue alignment & nerve supply.
Cranial Sacral Techniques
A system of diagnosis and treatment that explores: The motility of the nervous system The fluctuation of the cerebral spinal fluid Mobility of the cranial bones The involuntary mobility of the sacrum This style of treatment is very gentle in approach and has been found to be quite beneficial in the treatment of headaches, mild to severe whiplash strain and sprain injuries, vertigo and tinnitus, otitis media with effusion and serous otitis media, TMJ dysfunction, and sinusitis amongst others.

Pricing & appointments

Find out about our initial consultation, assessment & treatment, as well as ongoing treatment options.

The osteopathic tenents

Four main tenets act as a cornerstone to the osteopathic profession and underpin its practice:


The human person is a unit in which structure, function, mind and spirit are mutually and reciprocally interdependent.


The body, through a complex equilibrium system, tends to be self-regulatory and self-healing, processing an inherent capacity to defend, repair and remodel itself, in the face of disease processes.


Adequate function of body systems depends upon the unimpeded circulatory mechanisms, nerve impulses and neurotrophic influences.


A rational treatment regime is based on this philosophy and these principles.

Why has osteopathy & alternative treatments become so popular?​

We find and treat the cause of your pain, rather than provide short-lived symptomatic relief – when an individual’s body is in a dysfunctional state, their whole body is forced to compensate. Such adaptations to stress not only require more energy, but can, and often do, lead to a loss of overall function, increased wear and tear and poor mobility.