An osteopath specialises in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths believe that the body can heal itself if the right combination of manual techniques such as massage and the manipulation of muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons are used to bring the body back to a cohesive whole.Osteopaths usually treat patients who complain of:headaches, bad backs, neck pain, sports and work injuries, sciatica, repetitive strain injuries (RSI), asthma, joint pain, menstrual problems, pregnancy problems.There are also many other conditions that may benefit from treatment by an osteopath.
Osteopaths take a case history of each patient. They observe how the patient’s body functions when they sit, stand and lie down, as well as physically examine the patient by using palpation to determine which areas of the body are healthy and which are in pain.
An osteopath also observes the spine, shoulders , pelvis and limbs. At the initial consultation, the osteopath will devise a treatment plan for the patient, if he or she thinks that osteopathic treatment is suitable.
If the osteopath determines that osteopathic treatment is not suitable for the patient, they will refer the patient to the appropriate health professional.
Osteopaths may treat a wide range of patients, from children to the elderly. They can assist pregnant women by helping to reduce back pain as well as readying the body for childbirth.
After the initial consultation, a patient may need to see the osteopath only once or twice more, or may need to come back for six or more treatments. At the next session, the osteopath will determine if the treatment made an improvement in the patient’s condition and based on the patient’s answer, will decide whether to continue with that specific treatment or to try a new approach.
Dane has been in the allied health industry for over 17 years working between Australia and overseas.
Dane opened Tonic in 2013 after working in a few other clinics in the area and realising that there was a need for an interrogative health clinic in the centre of town that hosted a variety of healthcare professionals.
Dane has a Diploma in Health Science, Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine. In 2015 he completed a masters research project on frozen shoulder through southern cross university.
Dane uses all this extensive experience and training along with current research and evidence in medicine, pain management, neuroscience and rehabilitation.
Working with physios, chiros, osteos and medical doctors here and overseas has given Dane the perspective that there should be better communication between professions throughout the healthcare sector leading to better outcomes for the community.
At Tonic, we aim to help with that communication.
Simon provides individualised holistic osteopathic treatment and cares to support patients to overcome pain and restore mobility and wellbeing. Simon has worked in the health industry for over a decade and has a background in sports and remedial massage. Simon has successfully worked with top sporting teams including the Queensland and New Zealand rugby league and New South Wales cricket teams.
Simon holds a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Clinical Science from Southern Cross University. He has also completed post-graduate training in the osteopathic treatment and care of babies. Simon elected to study Osteopathy to meet his interest in the human body and its capability for self-healing. Simon uses a broad range of treatment approaches and techniques in response to patient needs and offers education and support to enable people to take control of their pain and restore and revitalise health.
Simon is passionate about the treatment of acute and persistent pain, sports injuries and supporting expectant mothers. Simon offers a holistic, integrative approach which is tailored to individual needs and supported by current evidence and research in musculoskeletal medicine, sports medicine, neuroscience, pain and brain-body interactions.