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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, and connective tissues function as a holistic unit.

Using musculoskeletal evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify areas of dysfunction or poor movement patterns within your 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.

What does an Osteopath do during the first consultation?



Frequently Asked Questions

Osteopaths are primary healthcare providers which means that no referral is necessary. If your treatment is being covered by WorkSafe, TAC or DVA, you will require a referral to ensure that your costs are covered.
We are able to treat WorkSafe, TAC, EPC and DVA patients, however you will require a referral from your GP. For TAC and WorkSafe patients we will also require your claim number and date of injury.
We are covered by private health funds via extras cover. Exact details will vary depending on the individual fund and level of cover. We do have a Hicaps machine which enables you to claim health fund payments on the spot.

For medicare rebates you must qualify for an EPC plan. You will need to discuss this with your GP, and a referral is necessary.

Yes, please bring in any X-ray, CT or MRI scan results you may have. If you have a report for these scans, make sure you bring this along as well.
During your first consultation your osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask questions about your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes during the course of your osteopathic treatment, you should tell your osteopath.

Your osteopath may ask about any recent X-rays, scans or test results that you may have.

Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

Next, your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition.

The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. As part of the examination, you may also be asked to bend over or stand in your underwear. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear.

As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.

Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy, so hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation. Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.

Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and treat you. Follow-up treatments are usually shorter. Depending on your condition, they can take 30-40 minutes.

Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some long-term or chronic conditions may require a longer course or more frequent treatment. If you have any concerns, your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.



Inner North Osteopathy prides itself on a number of things: passion, dedication, and maintaining our practice standards to ensure we are using evidence based practice. This means utilising client centered care including education and management advice. We aim to provide you with the tools to be in control of your pain and enjoy the life you choose.

Sudi De Winter

Sudi De Winter

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Amy Lawton

Amy Lawton

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Lucy Hodgson

Lucy Hodgson

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Jan Buchanan

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Sam Williams

Sam Williams

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Sudi De Winter

Sudi De Winter

Sudi graduated from RMIT in 2004 and has been working in private practice since.

Sudi treats a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in running/sports injuries and chronic pain. Sudi is passionate about active management in healthcare and empowering the patient.

Running injuries are comprehensively assessed including video analysis of running technique. Management often includes strength/rehab exercises, running retraining with simple cues and education and advice for running load/training.

Chronic pain treatment is highly individualised but often includes pain education, mindfulness and cognitive approaches and graded exercise therapy. Sudi’s goal is to re-instil a confidence into the patient and their body.

Amy Lawton

Amy Lawton

Amy has been a qualified Osteopath since 2012 and uses dry needling therapy to compliment her osteopathic skills. The primary health care role of an osteopath is important to Amy who takes a holistic approach to her treatment emphasising overall well being and implementing long term self management strategies to help her patients’ regain optimal functionality and pain- free motion.

Lucy Hodgson

Lucy Hodgson

Lucy graduated from RMIT in 2004. Since this time she has been working in private practice around Melbourne. Lucy has completed post-graduate study in Osteopathy in the cranial field, and working with children and exercise rehabilitation.
Lucy believes strongly in a team care approach in order to provide the best results for the individual. She enjoys working with other practitioners and modalities to help get the most out of treatment. Lucy believes that good clinical outcomes are important to try and achieve longer overall health benefits.

Jan Buchanan

Jan Buchanan

Jan completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at ACNM in 2005, although she has formally been involved with massage during her studies since 2002.

Her history is working with people that have physical stresses that relate to their body use in a work environment.

Treatment focus is to release myofascial tension to relieve postural stress, move towards better alignment & movement patterns.

A combination of techniques may be employed to achieve this, including myofascial release, cupping, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, muscle energy techniques, facilitated stretching & manual lymphatic drainage massage.

She sees her role in massage as a facilitator to direct the body to heal itself.

Sam Williams

Sam Williams

Sam graduated from RMIT University in 2017. With an extensive history in various sports and modalities of fitness, including personal training, Sam works with clients to reduce their levels of pain while optimizing the functionality of the body as a whole.

Whether your pain is acute or chronic, Sam emphasises that all patients should leave the clinic with a far better understanding of their pain, including what they are experiencing and why. Holistic treatments include manual therapy, strengthening and stretching exercises, as well as promoting increased awareness and ergonomic adjustments throughout the patient’s day to day life. All in an attempt to ensure rehabilitation and ongoing maintenance rather than respite.


Treatment Techniques Osteopaths Use

There are a range of techniques our trained practitioners use to help ease your pain or prevent sports injuries. These may include:

Gentle Soft Tissue Massage

Gentle pressure is applied to muscles and other superficial soft tissues including the lymphatic system to increase blood flow in a restorative massage.

Deep Tissue Massage

Focusing on the deeper layers of muscles, tendons and the surrounding fascia to address repetitive physical stress.

Muscle Stretching

A technique used to ease pain associated with muscle tightness.

Dry Needling

Used for the treatment of muscular pain and myofascial dysfunction. It involves the insertion of fine needles into a muscle’s trigger points without the injection of any substance.


At Inner North Osteopathy we believe in maintaining current best standards of practice to treat each individual we see. We encourage a multi-disciplinary approach for pain and often work in team care arrangements with other health care professionals to provide the best care for our patients.

To learn more about Osteopathic treatment and how they can help you


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