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 energetic boys, has completed a Functional Nutritional course at 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!
Kirsten is a fantastic addition to the Team at Body of Life particularly given that her main motivator is helping people! She finds this extremely rewarding and giving someone immediate relief and lasting recovery from their symptoms so they can live their best life makes her very happy. Her patients love her calm and friendly nature and bubbly personality as well!
In her spare time, Kirsten loves pilates and swimming but her main exercise comes in the form of kid-wrangling and she adores spending time with her family along with reading and listening to podcasts. When it comes to TV she has watched Grey’s Anatomy from the beginning and she is still a fan, even though it jumped the shark a while ago! For something light-hearted and a good laugh, she also loves Schitt’s Creek.
In terms of advice for her patients, Kirsten believes that ignoring pain often leads to more pain. Be kind to yourself and listen to your body. And finally – Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. – Jim Rohn
Emma is a wonderful addition to our team and loves the fact that she can go to work and make a difference to someone’s life.
She loves to help others, give back and empower people to make positive changes as well as improve their symptoms, functionality and overall health.
Emma enjoys creating a supportive and empathetic space for people to heal and enjoys hearing client’s stories and experiences and finding out what they are passionate about. She aims to make everyone feel that they are heard, acknowledged and supported by their treatment process and believes that Osteopathy is so much more than hands on treatment.
Her favourite way to exercise is by being outdoors either walking, swimming in the ocean, running or bike riding and she loves to meditate and bushwalk. In her spare time she loves to walk on the beach with her dogs and loves to garden, cook and enjoy a good coffee!
Her favourite TV shows include Suits and Orange is the new black and musically she loves Sticky Fingers, Ocean Alley and Tash Sultana.
The thing that Emma wishes all of her patients did is to understand that a healthy body isn’t just about eating well and working out. It’s also about having a healthy mind!
Her favourite motto is “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency you have”.
Lydia is passionate about the human body and how it functions which influences her approach to treatment with the intention of getting you back to doing the things you love (or the things you just need to be able to do).
Lydia uses a holistic approach to treatment and management of a range of injuries/complaints incorporating her previous experience working in gyms giving training advice and guidance to a variety of clients and acute injury management working with sporting teams.
If you are looking for a health professional who will work with you to create a management plan that suits your lifestyle and goals and who will support you through the ups and downs of the process- Lydia is the practitioner for you!
Outside of work Lydia loves spending time with family and friends, snuggled up with a good book and being outdoors- she can usually be found at the beach having recently learnt to surf!
Erin is a fantastic addition to our Body of Life team as an Osteopath and we are fortunate she has crossed the border to NSW from Victoria! Erin gains great satisfaction from impacting another person’s life in a positive way and she does this with every client she meets! You will instantly feel at ease, supported and informed with Erin.
Erin provides a thorough assessment and ‘hands-on treatment’ as well as educating you regarding your condition. Erin is always looking for how to prevent the recurrence of an injury through changing work ergonomics or by providing an individualised exercise program. She always aims for you to regain confidence in performing your day to day activities as soon as possible, whether it be gardening, playing with your children (or grandchildren) or returning to your favourite sport.
Erin keeps fit and healthy by going to the gym herself and participating in group classes like Body Pump and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). She also enjoys taking her very energetic dalmatian for a walk! In her downtime, Erin loves spending time with family and friends, discovering a great new coffee shop or watching an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Her favourite quote is “It always seems impossible until it’s done”. Nelson Mandela
FAQ – Osteopaths & Chiropractors
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For more chronic conditions, complex injuries or where pre-existing health issues determine a slower healing time, perhaps more treatment will be required.
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Is Osteopathy and chiropractic covered by private health insurance?
Do you treat Work Cover Injuries?
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