What is osteo?

Osteopathy is a system of manual medicine developed in the 19th century by an American physician- Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. 

In Australia, osteopathy is a government registered allied health profession and has evolved to become one of the most effective physical therapies for the treatment and management of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Its governing philosophy is that the body is a single unit of function (as opposed to just parts), and when exposed to the right conditions has the ability to self heal and repair. In order to achieve this we like to see how you are moving as a whole...not just at the site of injury. We also look at various factors in your life that can influence your complaint, such as your:

  • Nutrition

  • Exercise levels

  • Environment

  • Lifestyle

  • Stress levels

  • Current & past medical history.

Once we get an overall picture of how you are functioning, we then tailor an optimal treatment plan.


Osteo treatment is safe and effective for all ages. It is hands-on, yet non-invasive. We have a number of different styles depending on how firm or gentle you prefer the application to be. We commonly use:

  • Massage

  • Stretching & MET

  • Mobilisation

  • Manipulation

  • Biodynamic & cranial osteopathy

  • Functional technique

  • Myofascial release & counter-strain technique

  • Strengthening & rehab/prehab

  • Improving functional movements such as squats etc

At Move we see people of all ages and at all stages of life. Osteo treatment is suitable when you have pain, or a sense that something isn't quite moving right. Here are some common presentations that we consult at our clinic:

  • Low back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Disc injury

  • Sciatica

  • Headaches & migraine

  • Sports injuries

  • Muscle pains & strains

  • Joint pains & sprains

  • Shoulder pain & impingement

  • Pregnancy aches & pains

  • General stiffness & poor posture

  • Arthritic pain & stiffness

  • Growing pains in toddlers & adolescents

  • Groin pain

  • Ankle, achilles & plantar fascia pain

  • Hip & knee pain

  • Elbow, wrist & hand pain

  • TMJ pain


In order to graduate as an osteopath, a 5 year university degree is required. The course consists of a range of science based subjects (biology, anatomy, physiology, pathology & pharmacology, neuroscience etc), medical examination, orthopaedic and neurological examination, osteopathic diagnosis & technique, osteopathic science & philosophy as well as 2 years of clinical training. Students must also meet board requirements in order to obtain registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia (AHPRA).