11-15 atchison st.
02 4229 5907
02 4229 7880
- sports medicine & nutritional/environmental medicine
welcome to the osteopathic and healthcare clinic, the private osteopathic practice of ian cassidy and associates. The clinic offers one of the illawarra regions most experienced and busiest osteopathic medicine centres, with access to sports medicine, nutritional and environmental medicine specialist, naturopathy, massage therapy, psychology and podiatry. the clinic has helped over fifteen-thousand clients since 2003.
what is osteopathy?
osteopathy is a “whole body” system of drug-free manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles, tendons and spine. its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems via a wide range of techniques. it focuses on treatment of musculo-skeletal problems and other functional disorders of the body.
osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating symptoms, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and well-being. it was developed in america in the 1870’s by a missouri doctor, andrew taylor still, and has developed to the point where it is now widely recognised throughout the world as one of the most scientifically validated and effective therapies.
who is the aoa?
the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) is the national professional body representing osteopaths in australia. our core work is liaising with both state and federal government, all other statutory bodies regarding professional, educational, legislative and regulatory issues as well as private enterprise. osteopaths are registered allied health practitioners, and one of the ten registered health professions in every state and territory of australia. osteopathy is not an alternative health option – osteopaths are university trained, government registered, allied health professionals. currently an osteopath undertakes a 5-year, university masters degree to achieve registration in australia. most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sport injuries, stiffness or pain at some time. osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage pain – so people can make the most of their active lives. osteopaths collectively treat over 30 000 people a week, generate over $200 million in the economy, plus osteopathy has been practiced for over 100 years in australia and a registered profession in australia for 30 years.
are osteopaths qualified?
in australia, osteopaths are statutorily registered practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. they undergo a five year, full-time university training program. osteopaths are primary care practitioners, and are trained to be able to recognise conditions which require medical referral.
how does osteopathy work?
osteopaths use the concept of “somatic dysfunction” to help aid diagnosis. the main features of somatic dysfunction include tenderness, restriction in motion, asymmetry and changes in skin / tissue texture. when a combination of these is present in an area, the osteopath will conclude that there is an somatic dysfunction present, which will cause a negative reflex from that area to structures associated with it. therefore any of the muscles and organs which share their blood and nerve supply or are mechanically related may be adversely affected. this is how an osteopath diagnoses and treats dysfunction of the whole body. therefore, an osteopath can treat a huge variety of musculoskeletal problems and diseases that manifests itself through the musculoskeletal system.
what conditions to osteopaths treat?
- musculoskeletal complaints:
- lower back and neck pain
- shoulder, knee and ankle injuries
- occupational RSI, postural issues, ligament sprains, scoliosis
- nerve related problems:
- pins and needles
- carpal tunnel
- arms falling to sleep at night
- miscellaneous – osteopathy can play a significant role in the management and treatment of symptoms of arthritic conditions, gynaecological and obstetric problems, post-partum aches, urinary incontinence, and help reduce the symptoms of colds / the flu / and asthma. osteopaths can play a role in the rehabilitation process pre and post operations such as knee reconstructions / replacements. we also have a wide range of gentle techniques for use on infants and children.
how do osteopaths treat?
osteopaths utilise a wide range of treatment techniques such as manipulation, joint articulation, soft tissue mobilisation, muscle energy technique, counterstrain, fascial and visceral techniques, and cranial. despite the wide range of techniques, we are a structural based treatment clinic.
what can I expect after treatment?
usually, the relief you will feel is immediate. other times, you may feel better for about 2-3 days, and then the pain returns. or nothing appears to happen, and then the symptoms disappear after a day or so. whatever, the process of healing has begun. your osteopath has attempted to correct the aberrant “default” pattern of your structure, and this will generally take more than one session. muscles and connective tissue which have been relaxed and had their “setting” changed, tend to slip back to their old ways after about 48 hours. it is important that your initial session be followed up. you can expect to need 3-5 session for most complaints. whatever the situation, we will endeavour to keep your outlay of time and money to a minimum. exercise should not be painful, and at most a slight discomfort felt. pain can be an indication of tissue damage, and we consider that you should exercise only to your level of tolerance.
Is treatment safe?
there is no such thing as a form of medical treatment that is 100% safe in every individual circumstance. in saying that osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medical profession. due to the high level of training and continuing education osteopaths are able to recognise conditions that are not suited to osteopathic treatment and will refer on to the appropriate professional. all practitioners working at the centre participate in regular ongoing professional development education seminars to ensure patients safety is at the forefront of every consultation.
do i need a referral?
you do not require a referral to see us privately. if you are seeking treatment underthe medicare’s enhanced primary care program. WorkCover or CTP you will require a referral from a GP or specialist. if you are in doubt, do not hesitate to contact us.
how is it different from other disciplines?
it is difficult to define what another health care profession does and what they do. what defines professions is the underlying philosophy they follow and its broad range of techniques. osteopathy was one of the first professions to incorporate biomechanical analysis on how injuries occur and what the secondary effects are likely to be.
osteopaths base their treatment on four key principles:
- the body is a unit,
- the body has self healing and self regulating mechanisms,
- structure and function are interrelated and,
- rational treatment applies these first three tenets to the care of the individual patient.
a simple example: for a knee injury the osteopath will do much more than just examine and treat your knee. they will want to know how the injury occurred to not only assess which tissues in the knee are damaged but what is the involvement of other areas that have mechanical relationship to the knee, such as the foot / hip / lower back / pelvis. they will ask questions on what other secondary effects maybe appearing or may have caused the injury.
what is naturopathy?
naturopathy evolved out of the ancient healing traditions of early Greek medical philosophy. naturopathy is increasingly being recognised by mainstream medicine as a valuable and effective system for treating a variety of disorders. naturopathy maintains that the body can heal itself if it is given the right circumstances and conditions. a range of treatments or therapies are used to stimulate the body’s own healing powers or ‘vital force’.
commonly treated disorders
a range of disorders commonly treated include:
- digestive complaints
- mood disorders and depression
- allergies and sensitivities
- behavioural problems
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- musculoskeletal complaints such as arthritis
- cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) problems
- high blood pressure
- fertility problems
- endocrine disturbance
- hormonal imbalances, such as premenstrual tension and menopause.
a naturopath will want to know about your diet, lifestyle, family background and environment, as well as the history of your illness or complaint.
a naturopath employs a range of non-invasive techniques including:
- nutrition and dietary advice
- herbal medicine
- dry needling
- chinese cupping
- ear candling
naturopathy aims to:
- minimise symptoms
- support the body’s vital force (its capacity to self-heal)
- re-balance the system so that illness is less likely to occur in the future
- educate the patient to look after their own health and the health of their family
what is massage therapy?
massage is the systematic and scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for therapeutic purposes. it has a broad range of applications and can assist in the treatment of common ailments such as tension headache, stress, arthritis, lower back pain, sciatica and insomnia.
massage therapy has the following benefits such as muscle and skin health, improved lymphatics, general health and wellbeing, pain relief, stress management, and improved health of the cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive systems.
massage therapy techniques utilized may include:
- therapeutic or relaxation massage
- remedial massage
- sports massage
- structural body bodywork
- lymphatic drainage and
- pregnancy and children’s massage
what is podiatry?
a podiatrist is a health professional who specialises in treating the feet. they can treat conditions such as toe fungus, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, bunions, infections and foot injuries. jamie, our resident podiatrist looks at biomechanics issues of the foot and lower limb at this clinic.
in the sports medicine field, podiatrists can monitor the condition of an athlete’s feet, treat any injuries that may have occurred, observe how the athlete moves, and can advise on the best footwear. sports injuries that a podiatrist may treat include plantar fasciitis, shin pain, a sprained ankle, stress fractures or achilles tendonitis.
a podiatrist may prescribe and make orthotic inserts for patients. Sometimes a patient needs extra support in their shoes to help them walk without discomfort. a podiatrist will assess and diagnose whether an orthotic device would make a difference. If so, the podiatrist will make a cast of the foot and then create the appropriate device.
a podiatrist completes a four year full time bachelor of Science/Master of podiatric practice degree or a four year bachelor of podiatry degree. the courses include theoretical and practical lessons, as well as clinical experience.
once qualified, your podiatrist will be registered with AHPRA.
what is psychology?
psychologists can provide individual and group based therapy utilising psycho-education, skills training, cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation strategies, motivational interviewing and generalist counseling.
julijana stanojevic has over 10 years experience in an occupational rehabilitation setting and understands both the physical and psychological barriers that individuals face after they sustain a workplace injury. juliajana speaks fluent macedonian.
areas of work include:
- pain management counseling
- behavioural issues
- anger management
- stress management
- self esteem and resilience
- adjustment disorders, anxiety
- stress issues
- socials skills and
- dual diagnosis.
what is sports medicine?
sports medicine aims to prevent, diagnosis and treat injuries and illness related to sports and/or exercise. it includes acute, overuse or gradual onset injuries that may have occurred at home, work or play. sports medicine not only looks at musculoskeletal injuries but cardiology, neurology, respiratory medicine, biomechanics, sports psychology, and drugs in sport.
do i require a referral?
a valid referral for your condition/injury from a medical practitioner (doctor/GP) is required for your consultation in order for you to claim the maximum rebate for your consultation from medicare.
what is nutritional and environmental medicine?
nutritional and environmental medicine looks at the interaction of nutritional and environmental factors with human biochemistry and physiology and the resultant symptoms and disease. it aims to help treat illness and disease, for primary prevention and promotion of optimal health and well-being. treatment is aimed at correcting underlying causes as well as providing symptomatic relief. this may involve removal of certain foods from the diet or toxins from the patient’s environment, or prescription of supplements such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements and essential fatty acids where diet and lifestyle alone cannot rectify physiological imbalances.
sports / nutritional medicine
receptionist / massage therapist
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