How many of you often put up with annoying aches and pains in your back and neck?  Statistics show that close to 80% of us will experience back pain at some point in our life.  Many of us often experience back or neck pain on an annual basis or even more frequently.  A visit to your Osteopath is more than just a “rub and crack”.  Your Osteopath will most likely be able to shed some light on why you have suffered from neck or back pain, as well as give you practical advice on how better to manage it and prevent a recurrence.  Often people say, what is the biggest risk factor for getting neck and back pain, my answer to them is often simple.  The single biggest risk factor to getting neck or back pain is if you have had neck or back pain before.  Once you have had a bad neck or bad back, the chance of it recurring is often much greater.

Why can seeing an Osteopath be helpful?  An Osteopath studies for 5 years at University in Australia, undergoing detailed training in assessment and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions.  They will be able to give you a good idea as to what is causing your pain, why and how best to manage it.  If they cannot treat or feel that it is not appropriate, they will refer you onwards to the appropriate practitioner who can.

What do Osteopaths do in their treatment?  Osteopaths use a variety of hands on techniques to treat the body.  They often combine soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, taping, stretching, dry needling and prescribe exercises within their consultations.

Do Osteopaths treat neck and back pain?  Yes.  We also treat shoulder pain, repetitive strain injuries, elbow pain, tennis elbow, golfers elbow, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), rotator cuff strains, neck pain, wry neck, disc injuries, hip and knee injuries, foot and ankle injuries, patellar maltracking injuries, jumpers knee, runners knee, itb syndrome, tendinitis, plantarfasciitis, achilles tendinitis and much more.

How long will the consult take?  An inital Osteopathic consult normally takes between 45- 60 minutes.  Follow up consultations are approximately 30 minutes.

Do I need a referral to see the Osteopath?  No.  Anyone can make an appointment to see the Osteopath.  A referral from the GP is not required.  This is the same as booking an appointment to see a Physiotherapist or Chiropractor.

Where can I book an appointment in the city? Principle Four Osteopathy is located in the heart of the Melbourne City CBD 3000 area, located at 29 somerset place, near the corner of Little Bourke & Elizabeth St.

Appointments can be made by calling 03 9670 9290 or booking online @ www.principlefourosteopathy.com Why apply for a private loan?

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