“Nothing looks as good as healthy feels. Let us show you how we can help get you healthy.”
— Dr. Robert Amato
Initial Osteopathic Consultation
Even if you have had other forms of manual therapy before, your first Osteopathic experience may be very different.After taking an extensive case history, we do an initial structural assessment and perform motion tests and any necessary neurological and orthopedic tests. We may request other investigations if necessary for diagnosis. We assess the range and quality of motion in joints and soft tissues and look at your general structural/ postural pattern.
The reason for taking a comprehensive case history and performing an initial assessment is to judge whether it is safe for us to use particular osteopathic techniques with you, and whether osteopathic treatment is appropriate. We are interested in what has worked for you previously, and whether you have treatment preferences. We can explain the treatment plan, and gain your consent before treatment. You should let us know immediately if you would like to change the treatment we are giving you.
Your Osteopath will then explain to you what they have found and how they would like to approach the treatment, as well as explain what you can expect, any risks involved, and gain your consent for treatment.
The Osteopathic Treatment
The treatment itself can vary practitioner to practitioner, but all will involve a hands on approach. Osteopaths have a wide variety of manual techniques they use to treat various complaints. They include:
- Articulation (joints are passively taken through their range of motion by the practitioner)
- Muscle Energy Techniques (used to lengthen tight, contracted muscles)
- Counterstrain (releases tight muscles by positioning the affected muscle in a shortened position to stretch the opposing muscles)
- Manipulations (short, quick movements used to unlock joints and get them moving better)
- Functional Techniques (gentle mobilisation of joints by easing patterns of stress)
- Visceral Techniques (used to influence the function of organs)
- Dry Needling
What is Dry Needling?
Dry needling is a therapeutic technique procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needling directly into a muscle in an area of the body, most typical one causing pain. It is very effective in the treatment for acute and chronic pain, rehabilitation from injury, and even pain and injury prevention. There are no injected solutions and the needle is very thin to reduce any discomfort.
The main aim of dry needling is to achieve pain relief by de-activating painful nodules in muscles known as myofascial trigger points. A myofascial trigger point (sometimes known as a knot) consists of multiple contraction knots, which are related to the production and maintenance of the pain cycle. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being.
Conditions which respond to dry needling include, but are not limited to:
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Being situated just north of Melbournes’ CBD, our osteopaths treat a variety of both office based and sporting injuries.
Our Osteopaths in Melbourne are currently available Monday to Saturday.
Meet Our Practitioners
Dr. Robert Amato
Dr. Robert Amato
Osteopathy & Remedial Massage
B.A.Sc (Comp. Medicine), Masters (Osteopathy), B.Sc (Biomed Science), Dip (Remedial Massage)
Dr. Monica Bassier
Dr. Monica Bassier
B.A.Sc (Complimentary Medicine), Masters (Osteopathy)
Massage & Fitness
Diploma of Remedial Massage