What separates our osteos from other health professionals is how we see your body, and our role in your care. Your body is a powerful structure with thousands of parts working intricately together for one goal: to sustain life at its fullest. This means your body knows exactly what to do when something goes wrong – but amongst the stress of daily life, things can get in the way of it being able to repair and calibrate efficiently. Your body will inherently do its best to heal itself, but when it can’t, it will compensate by following less-than-ideal pathways that are found in the way we move, function, and the structure of our body. Ultimately, this results in pain and other symptoms – but these are just the byproduct, not their cause.
While others focus on treating these symptoms first and foremost, we look deeper to the underlying dysfunction and imbalances, and use hands-on manipulation and other techniques to help restore your body’s natural ability to heal and regulate, which reduces pain and optimises the way you move and live.
What we treat
Osteopathy is a first-line treatment for aches, pains and dysfunction in the body.
At Bodyworx, we have built a strong reputation for working with those whose pain has previously been invalidated because it’s relatively common, without acknowledging that it’s absolutely not normal. This includes those:
- Told to ‘wait and see’, yet are still living with pain
- With inconclusive tests, unanswered questions, and stalled progress
- Wondering why their pain keeps coming back
- Whose pain appears ‘out of nowhere’
Some of the many conditions we see include:
Lower back pain
Low back pain is frustrating, debilitating and a problem we take very seriously. While some of our clients have an ‘acute’ episode of low back pain, meaning that their symptoms started in the past six weeks, others suffer chronic, persistent or fluctuating low back pain for months, if not years, indicating to us that the deeper underlying cause has not been addressed. By uncovering the source of your pain and dysfunction, we can help reduce your pain, and improve quality of life and long-term health.
We don’t realise how much we move our neck in everyday life until neck pain starts and makes everyday activities like looking at our kids in the back seat very difficult. The symptoms of neck pain don’t stay limited to the neck either, and can result in headaches, muscle spasms and pain in the arms or shoulders for many of our clients.
Headaches and migraines
The pounding, squeezing or piercing pain of a headache or migraine is something many of us are familiar with, yet many shrug it off or simply take pain relief without ever looking into the underlying cause in their body as a way to manage and prevent their symptoms. With headaches and migraines often disrupting our work, social activities or ability to simply enjoy a quiet night at home, our osteopaths take recurring headaches and migraines of any severity very seriously.
You have a nerve called the sciatic nerve that originates in your spinal cord in your lower back, and travels deep down past your buttocks, down the back of your thighs and lower leg, to your foot. When this nerve is compressed or irritated at any point along its journey, this is known as sciatica. The result can appear as pain, numbness, muscular weakness or tingling anywhere along the nerve, which can range from a dull ache to incapacitating pain. You may also have difficulty moving and controlling your leg, significantly affecting your quality of life.
A sports injury is any injury sustained during exercise - whether that’s on the court with your team, or when you’re out for a casual jog on your own. For most of us, exercise is a cornerstone of our physical and mental health and wellbeing. So, when an injury occurs that interferes with our ability to stay active and mobile, or causes us pain every time we try to participate, it can be incredibly frustrating and disheartening, especially when we’re not sure why it’s not going away. Sports injuries we often treat include muscle, tendon or ligament strains or sprains, as well as injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip or groin, knee, ankle and foot. the body. If the deeper causes are ignored, and only the symptoms are treated, then many people will experience repeated injuries without understanding why.
Breathing not only sustains our lives and health by getting oxygen to every cell and tissue, but it also affects the way we move and think, our posture, our metabolism, the chemical processes happening in our body - and much more. When our breathing becomes dysfunctional, it can no longer efficiently respond to our needs, which then leads to negative consequences for our body, such as worsening our pain.
Other symptoms we treat
We treat a wide range of other symptoms, ranging from chronic pain to joint pain, which can lead to stress and anxiety, and invite you to see our osteopaths to experience our unique skill set when it comes to caring for your body and your long-term health.