Village Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Shellharbour

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of hands on manual therapy which recognises the important link between the body’s structure and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body as a whole unit with paying attention to how the bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function.


Osteopaths identify the type of dysfunction in the body through completing a thorough patient history and a hands-on examination. Treatment of the diagnosed dysfunction may include but is not limited to soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation.

In Australia, to become a registered osteopath there is a minimum requirement of a five year degree: 3 year bachelor of science (osteopathy) and a 2 year health science masters degree (osteopathy).

Common problems that an osteopath can assist a patient with include but are not limited to;

  • Neck and back pain
  • Acute or chronic muscular pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sciatica pain/ referral
  • Joint injuries
  • Tennis/ golfers elbow
  • Shoulder problems
  • Postural problems
  • Work injuries
  • Injuries caused by a car accident
  • Sports injuries
  • Pregnancy related pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Sinus problems

Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans.

If you are unsure if our Osteopath, Amy Kivell, can help you with your issue/s, feel free to give our friendly clinic staff a call to discuss your needs further.