The Common Treatments Provided by Osteopaths in Melbourne

Close up of female patient receiving osteopathic neck treatment, image by city osteopathy

The main goal of osteopaths is to improve the health of patients through manual or hands-on treatment. As osteopathy is based on the belief system that all organ systems of the body work synergistically, an issue in one system such as the musculoskeletal system can affect the functioning of other body organ systems, too. With this in mind, osteopathy is perceived as a holistic approach to achieving overall health and wellness.

Osteopathic manipulative treatment is made up of a system of treatment modalities and therapeutic management that are all geared towards the alleviation of pain,  restoration of vital bodily functions, and the promotion of wellbeing.


During a visit to an osteopath in Melbourne CBD, here are common treatments that patients encounter:


  • Initial Consultation


Osteopaths will ask questions pertaining to your major complaint. During the interview, the patient will be asked about their medical history, family history, and other information that will help osteopaths arrive at an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

It is also during initial consultation that osteopaths perform careful examination of muscles and joints. Diagnostic exams may also be ordered to support a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Referrals will be made if and when the condition is beyond the scope of osteopathic medicine.


  • Disciplines of Osteopathy


Osteopathic treatments can consist of some of the following disciplines:

  • Fascial release refers to treatment that aims to restore both mobility and motility of membranes and connective tissues.
  • Soft tissue mobilisation that aims to reduce muscle and soft tissue tension, improve fluid dispersion and increase flexibility
  • Osteo-articular adjustments refers to the methodical manual technique which aims to reduce the strain upon an articular functional unit.
  • Stretching of articulations and soft tissues


If you want to learn more about these osteopathic treatment disciplines or if you wish to schedule an appointment with us, call us now on 03 9663 5450 today.

Dr Bronwyn La Brooy goes West……!

Escaping the hot and dry Aussie summer, Bronwyn has been Christmas market hunting in Germany!

Sampling gluhwein (hot wine), cheese and salamis around Czech Republic, Germany France and Switzerland she’s been lucky enough to see some incredible landscapes, whilst finding the most beautifully decorated Christmas tree and towns with festive spirit. (Dresden, Germany tops the lists!)
This particular photo taken from the top of the Swiss Alps at a balmy 0 degrees, which was then closely followed by an authentic Swiss hot choccy!
She will be back next week with plenty of stories to be told!
Dr Bronwyn La Brooy

What Should You Expect During a Visit to City Osteopathy?

Close up top view of osteopath doing healing treatment on female shoulder blade, Image by city osteopathy

If you are curious about what to expect during an osteopath visit, this article will be extremely helpful when scheduling an appointment with a trusted osteopath in Melbourne.


So what really happens during an osteopathy clinic visit? But before we discuss that, here is what you need to remember before you schedule an appointment:

  • Make sure that the osteopathy clinic is a duly registered business and the osteopaths are suitably qualified. You can check all licenses and registration online.
  • An osteopathy clinic in Melbourne should be able to provide sufficient information about the services they offer as well as the cost of available treatments. It is important to know these things before your appointment so you understand all costs involved.
  • Osteopaths should be able to give you details of their license and registration. You can verify this information with the Osteopathy Board of Australia.


During a visit, here are the common steps that you will encounter:

The initial consultation with an osteopath will be primarily focused on learning about the patient and his or her condition. Your first visit will last approximately 30minutes.


It consists of the following activities:

  • The osteopath will ask questions about your general health, previous and existing medical conditions, medications, and other information that may be pertinent to providing suitable treatment.
  • Comprehensive examination by the osteopath. You will be asked to perform certain movements and stretches to assess your posture and mobility.
  • Manual examination of joints, tissues, and ligaments through palpation.
  • If the osteopath detects serious condition beyond the scope of his or her practice, you will then be referred to other members of the healthcare team.


Osteopathic Treatment and Diagnosis

An osteopath specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and other related medical conditions. After a thorough examination and assessment, your osteopath should be able to provide you with a clear explanation of your condition and discuss the best treatment plan. The benefits and risks of actions taken will be discussed as well as other pertinent information such as frequency, expectations during the procedures, and the associated costs of treatments.

Treatment and management interventions will involve hands-on or manual manipulation of the intended joints, muscles and soft tissues. During treatments, an osteopath should be able to explain what they are doing to you, too. You are free to ask your osteopath if you have any concerns before, during, and after treatments.


Book your initial consultation with the best osteopath in Melbourne. Call our direct line on 03 9663 5450 today.

What did our Osteopaths get up to over Christmas?!

Shane Heslop had a lovely time with family over the Chrissy break.  A new pool was put to the test with all the mega hot days we experienced coming in to great use, and a very nice day at the boxing day test with my youngest boy and my father was greatly enjoyed.

  Whilst they did not go away, Shane and fam are gearing up for a Japanese holiday for the last two weeks of January culminating in a week at the snow at Nozawa Onsen.  Lets hope it snows a little bit more, its been a shocking start to the Japanese snow season with tiny amounts of snow compared to what should be normal.


Spinal Fusion Surgery – Controversial….?

There is much debate within the medical profession, and even within back surgeons themselves whether spinal fusion surgery is a valid treatment option.

Last year, the government announced plans to stop surgeons billing Medicare for spinal fusions to treat uncomplicated chronic low back pain.

After lobbying from surgeons, the federal government has reversed plans to stop funding a back pain operation critics say is expensive, dangerous and ineffective.

The changes followed a recommendation from pain specialists that there was no evidence spinal fusions helped people with lower back pain.

Spinal surgeon Professor Ian Harris, who has published several studies critical of fusions, said the government’s reversal showed that “doctors and surgeons have too much power, and the government is scared of them and happy to take the path of least resistance”.

Please read this very interesting article….. in the Sydney Morning Herald a few days ago.

We see lots of patients pre and post spinal fusion surgery.  Some patients feel like they desperately need the surgery.  Its always their own decision to make.  But the negative outcomes can be severe so patients should always explore ALL conservative options first, and that includes seeing your own Melbourne Osteopath.

Dr Shane Heslop


Dr Peter Lockhart – Osteopath

Peter Lockhart has extensive clinical experience from working across Northern New South Wales and South-Eastern Queensland. He is excited to have relocated to Melbourne to start his own family and be close to his partner’s family. Throughout his career, Peter has treated various populations including athletes and weekend warriors as well as families and office workers.

Peter is a dedicated osteopath who enlists a modern approach to pain management. He was initially fascinated with the principles of osteopathy, particularly the understanding of interconnectedness within the human body. His style of treatment blends progressive pain academia with classic osteopathic techniques. Peter uses a wide range of methods including trigger point work, strain counter strain, mobilisation, manipulation, dry needling, and exercise rehabilitation.

Peter prides himself on offering experienced pragmatic management strategies coupled with clear communication. Pete’s treatments focus on pain mitigation, improved functionality and the promotion of patient resilience. He integrates his experience as a personal trainer to best solidify ongoing pain relief.

Outside of work, Peter is a passionate surfer, basketballer and food lover.