Osteopathy Essendon

Why Do You Need to Find a Registered Osteopath?

March 10, 2022

There is no shortage of benefits to seeing an osteopath. Their in-depth knowledge of the neuro-musculoskeletal system allows them to deliver targeted manual therapy and clinic exercise programs which help increase mobility, improve posture, alleviate joint stiffness/muscle soreness and more.

Through comprehensive assessments of your individual nervous system and musculoskeletal conditions, an osteopath can help you accelerate recovery from a physical injury, reduce stress and achieve a better overall quality of life. 

But how do you find an osteopath you can trust, and rest assured that they have completed enough training and education to be proficient in their field? This article provides helpful information on what is required to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as guidance on how to find a legitimate osteopath professional. 

But first, here’s some quick facts:

  • Osteopathy has been practised in Australia for more than a hundred years
  • We were one of the very first countries in the world to regulate osteopathy
  • More than 75,000 Australians visited an osteopath every week in 2016-2018 alone
  • Osteopathy is Australia’s fastest growing healthcare profession


Is osteopathy regulated in Australia?

We’ll cut to the chase – yes, it is. Osteopathy is nationally regulated by the Osteopathy Board of Australia for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

Not only do osteopaths undergo comprehensive university education in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques; but they’re also required to be government-registered with AHPRA. 

In Australia, an osteopath is legally required to maintain ongoing professional development and training annually, or else forfeit their practice.


Finding a trustworthy registered osteopath

What do you do when you’re in the market for a new home, or looking for a suitable school to send your children to? You do some research! Finding a registered osteopath that you can rely on is no different (actually, it’s much easier).

A quick Google search will reveal any registered osteopath’s credentials in Australia, usually with plenty of ratings and reviews to give you an idea of patients’ experiences with them.

Check to see if the osteopath’s name appears in the Register of Practitioners – this system will tell you whether they are registered and deemed safe to practice. It will also tell you if their registration has been cancelled or suspended for whatever reason. 

As an example, you’ll find all of Essendon Natural Health’s practitioners on the Registry, along with countless positive ratings and reviews online. We have worked with thousands of patients across Melbourne with varying conditions and ailments, adopting a holistic approach that encompasses osteopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, nutritional medicine advice and other natural health treatments.


Schedule an appointment with one of our registered osteopaths today

Essendon Natural Health is one of Melbourne’s leading osteopathy providers. Dr. Sonia Dolatian and Dr. Amy Ly draw on the following methods to deliver tailored osteopathic care to patients suffering from aches and pains: 

  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching
  • Joint manipulation/articulation
  • Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
  • Postural release
  • Advice on stretching, ergonomics and posture
  • Strengthening/exercise programs

Book an appointment online or call 03 9337 8572 to speak with our friendly reception team about our osteopathy treatments today.

Robert Gentile

B.C.M (Hons), C.Clin.Prac (China), C.Toyohari. Registered Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Integrative Natural Medicine Practitioner.

Robert is a passionate and warm practitioner who has an extensive knowledge of integrative and functional natural medicine. He is down to earth and has an interest in organic foods, gardening and sustainable living. With over a decade of experience, he is renowned for being very thorough by both fellow practitioners and patients alike.