Osteopathy is a form of manual health care which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in the body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues. Osteopaths do not use spinal manipulative techniques on babies and young children.
Australian osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years' university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Most people, regardless of age or gender, will suffer from back or neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, stiffness or pain at some stage. Osteopaths can help to identify the cause of the pain or injury and develop a safe and effective course of action to manage health issues – so people can make the most of their active lives. Osteopathy is not an alternative health option – osteopaths are university trained, government registered, allied health professionals. Osteopaths collectively treat over 50 000 people a week, generate over $250 million in the economy. Osteopathy has been practiced for over 100 years in Australia.
Not all osteopaths treat babies, infants and young children, however Dr Sharnie has gained additional postgraduate paediatric qualifications in order to provide top-level clinical support and assistance to children and their caregivers. Dr Sharnie was the inaugural chair to the paediatric clinical interest group for Osteopathy Australia with a responsibility for providing a duty of care, reflecting optimum safety, risk management and clinical quality in the best interests of children. Can Dr Sharnie help your child?
Womens health is an area of specialisation within medicine both osteopathic and in conventional care. Women undergo different stages of life and with that a multitude of changes that require adaptability
Dr Sharnie has a particular focus on the treatment and management of complex pelvic and lower back pain, as well as pain arising during or after pregnancy.
pain and Chronic pain
Dr Sharnie works under an evidence-based paradigm and uses interventions on the basis of their proven efficacy. Patients experiencing pain that seek osteopathic treatment commonly present with back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches, joint pain, work-related and repetitive strain injuries.
If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and are eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance, your GP can provide you with a special referral form to claim Medicare and private health fund rebates.
Sport and injuries
Dr Sharnie has a long and varied sporting history herself, ranging from Ironman long course triathlons (as you see here) and multiple 100km Oxfam trail-walkers to the more subtle forms of activity such as cross country skiing and yoga.
With a skill-set in injury prevention and rehabilitation, she has gained a clinical repertoire in working alongside elite and professional athletes to help maintain their best course of performance, as well as the everyday active folk.