Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic and gentle form of healthcare that utilises a variety of hands-on techniques to diagnose and treat physical restriction within muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints and fascia. By supporting the body’s self-healing mechanism, our osteopaths aim to gently release any strains present, relieving pain and discomfort and improving mobility. A body free of restriction naturally moves towards a state of health and overall balance.

Our osteopaths are highly skilled and expertly trained in the areas of women’s health, pre and postnatal care, pelvic health, visceral osteopathy and paediatrics.

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Our Osteopaths have experience in assisting with:

  • General osteopathic care (lower back and hip pain, headaches, neck shoulder and wrist pain, and foot, ankle and knee problems)
  • Pre and postnatal care
  • Labour preparation
  • Diastasis treatment & rehabilitation
  • Guidance regarding returning to running post baby
  • Chronic pain associated with pelvic conditions such as vulvodynia, coccydynia, pudendal neuralgia, endometriosis, adenomyosis & inflammatory bowel conditions
  • Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
  • Pediatric care
  • Pediatric bladder & bowel concerns (constipation and bedwetting)
  • Pelvic health concerns
  • Bladder, bowel & gastrointestinal health

Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques, which enable them to accommodate the individual needs of all their patients.

These techniques include:

At The Fertile Project, our osteopaths are dedicated to supporting women, and creating a caring and safe environment to allow healing to occur, while also supporting the needs of women of all ages. They also have a wealth of experience treating the entire family, from newborns with colic to young athletes with sporting concerns and the elderly.

Our Osteopaths pride themselves on taking the time to truly listen to their patients, while at the same time working with them to identify and treat the cause of their specific health concerns. With this knowledge and understanding of each individual, they will then create a unique treatment plan to address the needs of each patient. Our Osteopaths will also support their patients’ health journeys by empowering them through a mixture of education, breath work, mindfulness, yoga practice and positive lifestyle advice to get them back to the best version of themselves.

What is Visceral Manipulation? (Visceral Osteopathy)

French osteopath Jean Pierre Barral’s clinical work with the viscera (organs) led to the development of a specific form of manual medicine: visceral manipulation (VM).

All of our organs are suspended within the musculoskeletal system via specific fascial connections. Visceral osteopaths recognise this relationship and use their palpatory skills to assess the motion of the viscera and its fascial attachments. Gentle techniques are then applied to release any tension present within the fascial network.

Visceral Manipulation and Osteopathy

Kathryn is a highly skilled practitioner in the field of visceral manipulation, she has completed numerous visceral courses both locally in Australia and with world renowned international practitioners. Her experience includes both internal and external visceral work in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology, the urinary system and gastrointestinal health.

Kathryn will combine general (external) visceral manipulation along with general osteopathic techniques as a part of her holistic approach to healthcare when seeing patients with general osteopathic complaints. She may combine internal visceral work when helping those patients who require internal pelvic floor assessment and treatment.

Kathryn has worked most of her career alongside naturopaths and acupuncturists, assisting with numerous visceral conditions including gynecological issues (period pain, chronic pain associated with endometriosis), gastrointestinal imbalances (IBS, constipation and ulcerative colitis) and respiratory complaints (asthma, adhesion post-pneumonia). Since furthering her skills in pelvic health and the direct relationship the pelvic floor has on the gastrointestinal system, Kathryn has found visceral osteopathy to be the perfect adjunct for helping those patients with pelvic floor concerns and chronic pelvic pain.

With Kathryn’s years of experience in the area of visceral osteopathy she was asked to lecture on this topic at Victoria University, Melbourne.

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle form of osteopathic treatment. It can be used to treat people of all ages, and is particularly suited to treating babies and children.

Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a subtle, whole-body motion that is present within all tissues. This subtle movement is called the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), or cranial mechanism.

The emphasis of a cranial osteopathic treatment is on the whole body. We consider that optimal health will occur when the whole body is in balance and functioning as one unit.

Throughout life we experience a range of stresses, including physical, traumatic, emotional and nutritional stress. Although your body works hard to resolve such stress, a lasting strain pattern often remains. As the layers of strain accumulate throughout life, they may begin to disrupt the Primary Respiratory Mechanism (PRM), reducing the flexibility of all tissues in the body, affecting your ability to adapt to further stresses and predisposing you to injury.

A cranial osteopath is trained to diagnose any strains that are preventing the expression of optimal health. They will gently help your body’s natural self-healing mechanism to release any unwelcome strains, enabling a state of health and balance to be restored. This process can be deeply relaxing and we encourage our patients to take this opportunity to rest and unwind during treatment.

Training of a Cranial Osteopath

All osteopaths complete five years of full-time university training. This training covers osteopathic philosophy and technique, anatomy, physiology, pathology and general medical and orthopaedic diagnosis.

After graduating from university, a cranial osteopath will complete various courses in the area of ‘Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’ or ‘A Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field’ to give them the skills to diagnose and treat using cranial osteopathy.

As Chloe predominantly treats using a cranial approach she has undertaken many courses in Australia and internationally to further her cranial osteopathic skills. These include: Phases I – V of the Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field courses, A Biodynamic Approach to Osteopathy in the treatment of pregnancy, labour and newborns, A Biodynamic Approach to the treatment of children: Phase I & II, an Osteopathic Approach to the treatment of the Gastrointestinal Tract, and many more. Kathryn has also completed further training relating to cranial osteopathy and utilises these skills during some treatments.

What Can a Cranial Osteopath Treat?

Cranial osteopaths treat the whole body to facilitate change. Our osteopaths have observed that cranial osteopathy can assist in the treatment of the following:

  • Birth strains in babies and children
  • Pregnancy related tensions impacting the optimal positioning of the baby
  • Pregnancy related aches and pains
  • Neck and Back pain

    Headaches and Migraines

  • Sciatica and leg pain
  • Joint and muscle pain

Pediatric Care

Here at The Fertile Project we have a passion for treating the littlest members of your family. When it comes to treating babies and children, the root cause of the presenting symptoms often stems from strains induced during birth or even in utero. Regardless of the mode of birth, significant forces are placed on a baby as they make their entrance into the world. These forces can result in strains and stress to the anatomy and physiology which can lead to a wide variety of symptoms.

Some of the more common reasons parents bring their babies in for a treatment are: excessive crying, straining to poo, squirming when feeding, favouring turning their head one way, flattening of the head, difficulty latching, frequent hiccups, vomiting, reflux and difficulty with sleep & settling, to name just a few.

As osteopaths, it is our job to find and feel the strains that are present and to help return the tissues to a state of balance, helping your baby’s system rest and to allow for growth and development to occur without the stress and strain of unnecessary tension.

Your appointment will begin with a thorough case history before moving on to assessment & gentle treatment tailored specifically to your individual needs.