Osteopathy is a ‘hands on’ approach to health care especially for musculoskeletal complaints. It recognises the important link between the structures of the body, the skeleton, muscles, joints, nerves and circulation and how it works and feels.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, our Osteopaths are able to identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Techniques like soft tissue massage, mobilisation, manipulation, stretching and dry needling as well as subtle and gentle ‘indirect’ techniques are some of the many tools we use to make it safe and effective for you and your family.
Additionally we also take the time to help you understand your injury or complaint and view it in the context of your whole body. The aim is to provide relief from your pain and also help you to understand why it occurred and how to prevent it from recurring.
This might include the provision of exercises (stretching, strengthening, neuromobilisation, balance or sport specific), postural retraining, advice on work ergonomics, stress management and correct lifting techniques. In addition we also work with your GP and other health professionals if required to ensure you are on your road to recovery and your healthiest and best life.
Body of Life Health Centre is equipped to look after babies and toddlers, school age children, hard working university students, athletes (including our weekend warriors), mums and dads as well as those older and wiser. So regardless of age we can help you!
Our Osteopaths are registered with AHPRA, members of Osteopathy Australia, qualified in dry needling and are committed to their ongoing professional education.
Osteopaths in Australia are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and Osteopathic techniques. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Also Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
To answer more of your questions about Osteopathy visit FAQ here.
Meet our Osteopaths
Dr Kristy Buist is a Founding Director and Principal Osteopath at Body of Life Health Centre.
She has always genuinely wanted to help people live their healthiest life, and this led to her discovery and love of Osteopathy. Kristy has extensive experience treating elite athletes from various sporting codes and loves to see her clients perform their best at all times.
She is well known at the clinic for her diagnostic skills, guiding her clients with the best management plan and her strong hands! Kristy will ask the tough questions and enquire about obstacles because she sees the potential in each of her clients to live a healthy and fulfilling life. She loves to educate and inform you so that know how to move forward.
Kristy seems to have more hours in each day and days in the week than the rest of us! She is a mother of two boys, is busy studying nutrition through Changing Habits, trains at Cross Fit regularly and still manages to socialise, cook from scratch at home and run the business.
She really is a superstar!
Mia is a registered Osteopath who has been at Body of Life for four years. Mia derives great satisfaction from her role as an Osteopath by teaching people about their pain and showing them how to take control of it again. She brings extensive experience from her 11 years in practice since graduating from the British School of Osteopathy in London.
Mia has a special interest in treating women before, during and after pregnancy and in treating infants and children and is well known at the clinic for her sense of humour and having the room with the most toys.
If you are planning a special night out, ask Mia for recommendations on restaurants and bars around Sydney. She loves fine food and good wine and is currently studying wine via the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) in her spare time.
She loves to travel and when she’s not heading home to the UK to visit family she will either be on a beach soaking up the Vitamin D or travelling somewhere new and fitting in as much as possible!
Dr Melanie Woollam is a founding Director and Principal Osteopath at Body of Life Health Centre. She has been providing Osteopathy care for individuals and families on the northern beaches for over ten years and is known at the clinic for her ability to coach people towards a healthy lifestyle. She walks the walk and practices what she preaches when it comes to healthy living!
Melanie decided to study Osteopathy because it encapsulated everything she is interested in – people, health, anatomy, exercise, sport and nutrition. Her aim is to see her clients live full, complete and healthy lives. This passion has led her to study wellness coaching to be better equipped to help people make the changes they want to make to live their healthiest and best life. Watch this space!
In her spare time Melanie teaches dry needling, runs workshops and seminars on healthy living, sits on tribunals for the profession and is an active member at C3Ryde.
Melanie is a mother of two young children who loves to cook, potter in her vegetable garden, surf, swim or grab the TRX for a quick workout in between loads of washing!
Kate is a Kiwi and recently decided to come to our wonderful country to expand her horizons. She loves Sydney life, particularly being able to explore our wonderful city and discover beaches where she can indulge her love of Scuba Diving and keeping active. She absolutely loves high energy activity and you will often find her in the gym but she also loves discovering new cafes and restaurants so has a balanced approach to her life!
In her capacity as an Osteopath Kate believes that when we injure ourselves or have ongoing or debilitating pain we tend to lose our confidence in our bodies and our ability to perform certain tasks. She loves helping clients regain that confidence in their bodies and get back into activities they once enjoyed or helping them to perform new activities that they never thought that they would! Kate always encourages her patients to move and keep active because the simple impact of an exercise or stretch can make recovery time so much shorter.
Her favourite motto is “Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt. Something we should all do!
Alex is a registered Osteopath and has been a valuable part of the team at Body of Life for over six years. She has always been interested in the body and the way it works. Alex suffered from headaches when she was young and she always thought there had to be a better way to explain and manage the pain. This led her to discover Osteopathy.
Alex is passionate about helping people to understand their condition or pain in order to move forward and enjoy life again. She is a brilliant communicator and is best known at the clinic for saying ‘Welcome to the torture chamber’ and having the treatment room with the most laughter!
In her spare time, she is at the gym, playing netball, spending time with friends or travelling overseas (when we let her go on holidays)!
Alex enjoys treating people of all ages, from all walks of life, with a wide variety of injuries and conditions.
FAQ – Osteopaths & Chiropractors
What will happen during the first visit?
How long will it take?
What should I bring?
What should I wear?
How many consultations are usually required?
There is no set answer as every person is different and every complaint presents slightly differently. For most complaints three or four visits are sufficient to reduce pain, improve mobility, provide education and give advice on reducing aggravating factors and improve overall health and well-being.
For more chronic conditions, complex injuries or where pre-existing health issues determine a slower healing time, perhaps more treatment will be required.