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What is Osteopathy?

Leading Osteopathy care in Gardenvale, Melbourne


Osteopathy can help improve pain, repair injuries, and restore the overall healthy functioning of the body and its systems. We look at your body as one cohesive unit that functions together in harmony. This means that problems in one area aren’t isolated, but often have a flow-on effect that may impact your overall wellbeing. This view of the body guides our assessments and your treatment plan and allows us to dive deeper to explore the relationship between your symptoms, their cause of the symptoms and how this affects your health.


Our clinicians use gentle, hands-on techniques to improve the musculoskeletal function of your body and its influences on the nervous system, blood circulation, and other organ systems. We aim to restore you to a state of balance and wellness where your body is able to self-regulate and heal - as it was designed to do.

Hands - On Techniques

Our Osteopaths use finely-tuned, hands-on gentle release techniques to improve the function and balance within your body. These are pain-free, comfortable and relaxing, and can include:

  • Gentle soft tissue therapy

  • Myofascial release

  • Cranial Osteopathy 

  • A Biodynamic approach to Osteopathy 

  • Counterstrain and functional technique approaches


Once you’ve made improvements, we help you maintain them. We’ll discuss lifestyle modifications, exercises and strategies you can implement in your day-to-day to help you continue to improve and maintain healthy function.


If you’re unsure if Osteopathy is right for your pain or problem, we offer free 15-minute phone consultations to see if we can help, or recommend a different allied health profession for you to contact. To speak to our team or request a call-back, call us on 03 9530 6449

Experienced Osteopaths

Our Osteopaths are qualified, experienced and government-registered allied health care practitioners, all having completed five-year double degrees in Australia.


We regularly undergo further professional development and postgraduate study - please visit our practitioner pages here to learn more about our qualifications and experience. We continue to upskill to offer the best treatment and service when helping you maximise your health and wellbeing.

What does an Osteopathic Session Look Like?

Each session is tailored to your problem and what you need. We integrate traditional Osteopathy techniques with current evidence to get the best results for your body. 


Your appointment starts by understanding the problems you’re experiencing, why they have developed and their widespread effects on your body - some of which you may not have even realised. We’ll complete a physical exam, talking you through what each movement is uncovering. We’ll discuss your results and treatment plan, ensuring you understand what is happening, why and what you can expect. Our plans are always adaptable and aim to get you back to good health as soon as possible.

What Can Osteopathy Help With?


We help manage a variety of conditions associated with the musculoskeletal, nervous, lymphatic and circulatory systems. Problems that may improve with treatment include:

  • Back and neck pain

  • Joint pain and muscle strains

  • Headaches

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Whiplash

  • Visceral techniques for digestion

  • Menstrual pain

  • Pain in pregnancy

  • Supporting your health in chronic fatigue

  • Breathing and respiration issues

  • Migraine management

  • Stress

  • Fracture recovery

  • Jaw pain and dental or orthodontic support

We Work Extensively With
Infants & Children

We understand the changes that young, growing bodies go through, and the demands that their musculoskeletal system places on them. We use gentle techniques to help relieve tension and strain that has developed during growth, trauma, falls or even from their labour. We work with infants and children of all ages, alongside their parents, to address these strain patterns. This can facilitate ongoing healthy development and support their young bodies in self-regulation and healing.


Whether you’re a professional or recreational dancer, the repetition required to master the work puts enormous pressure on specific bones, joints and muscles. This can take a big toll on your body and lead to pain and injury. When your ability to move freely is affected, it can seriously affect the quality of your performance.  We work regularly with dancers, gymnasts and acrobats of all levels to help treat injuries and improve body alignment and movement.

Yoga Practitioners

We’ve been partnering with yoga schools since 2002, so are very familiar with the unique demands that yoga places on the body - and how to safely and effectively manage these. With Osteopathy being well-aligned to the yogic principles of health and wellbeing, we work with you to improve your function, manage injuries, and help you master the poses you’ve been struggling to complete.

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It’s not just the increased weight that you’re managing during pregnancy but also your new posture, the changes in your hips, and even the pregnancy hormones that give your tissues and ligaments greater laxity (stretchiness). We can help you prepare for birth, assist you in your recovery after the baby is born, and help you manage postural strains, pelvic pain and lower back pain. Using our gentle approach, we work with many expectant mothers, whether they’re having their first child or their fourth, to help them feel more comfortable and move better as they progress along their months and trimesters.


We also offer combined mum + bub appointments for the women that we see during their pregnancy, once they are ready to come in after birth.

Trauma Recovery

‘Trauma’ is not just tissue or bone damage, it also has deep effects on your nervous system and can impair your circulation, thereby delaying your recovery. We help set things right so your body and its systems can return to functioning as it was designed to - including helping you recover quickly and well. We work with people of all ages to recover from accidents, sports injuries, head trauma, surgery - and whatever else life throws their way.

Recovering From Surgery

Surgery is so much more than a physical procedure - it affects a variety of body systems and processes, which can then manifest as problems to our overall health and wellbeing - even if it isn’t obviously related to the surgical area. We help you heal and recover from surgical procedures, so you can optimise your return to mobility and full function.

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At Southside Wellbeing, we have the privilege of working with many children and families, so we have refined and optimised our assessment and management processes for children.

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Cranial Osteopathy is a gentle and relaxing form of Osteopathy treatment ideal for newborns, adults, pregnant women and those in severe pain.

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