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What is Osteopathy?

At Box Hill Osteopathy we aim to provide exceptional healthcare every single time. We pride ourselves on delivering dedicated and thorough osteopathic management.


Through a holistic and collaborative approach we aim to find the root cause of why pain persists.It's our mission to have you return to the things you love doing.

For over a decade we have been serving residents across Melbourne, building a strong community within our clinic. We invite you to come join us and discover the benefits of our Osteopathic practices. 


Osteopathy is a form of holistic manual therapy and treatment which uses the hands-on technique. Osteopaths consider the body to function as an integrated unit. It is rare for an osteopath to treat one area of the body. Assessment and treatment involve the consideration of how the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, gastrointestinal system and circulatory systems are functioning.

Osteopathy use a variety of manual techniques including myofascial release and soft tissue technique, resistedmuscle lengthening, nerve mobilisation, dry needling (western medical acupuncture), joint articulation and manipulation. Treatment applied on the day depends on both the individual presentation and preference. I’m a strong believer in patient autonomy and work in a collaborative method.

Osteopaths look beyond what happens in the treatment room and consider external factors that may be influencing why the body is not healing. As a result, we provide advice on diet, exercise, posture and stress. Through this comprehensive approach, we aim to provide long lasting results. Australia osteopaths are government registered primary healthcare practitioners. Our training is comprehensive and covers medical sciences and diagnostics, as well as orthopaedics, neurology, pain science and as well as classic osteopathic.

As primary practitioners we are able to carry out basic medical exams in order to determine if referral is necessary.

Osteopaths may assist with the management of the following conditions:

  • Neck and back pain

  • Tendon and joint pain

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Shoulder pain

  • Postural problems

  • Sports and exercise injuries

  • Foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis

  • Sciatica pain

  • Wrist pain and carpal tunnel

  • Tennis/golfers elbow

  • Jaw pain

  • Spinal pain

  • Muscular tightness and imbalances

  • Tendon injuries

  • Hip and knee pain

  • Ankle pain


The initial appointment is 45 minutes in length. It involves taking details notes about a client’s history, performing a thorough physical exam and treatment. The client's history is taken in a private room. We will ask you about your current problem, previous medical history and general health. 

A thorough examination will be performed in order to form a working diagnosis. Here, general posture, function and the appearance of the affected areas considered. Orthopedic testing and neurologic exams are applied if indicated.

Following discussion of the diagnosis and treatment plan, treatment will commence. Osteopathic treatment aims to be as holistic as possible.  If relevant, you will be given advice regarding changes you could make to your daily activities that will assist in your recovery. This may include the setup of your work station or car, modification of activities or exercise.Specific stretching and strengthening exercises may also be given. Our principal osteopath, Dr Peter Lockhart has extensive experience as a personal trainer and clinical Pilates instructor and utilises these modalities in client management.

In certain cases, patients may be referred for further investigations such as X-rays, CT scans or MRIs. 

The process with your osteopath is a collaborative one from start to finish, we encourage you to ask questions and communicate with us if you have any concerns


Please bring any relevant medical paper work including imaging reports (CT scans, x-rays, MRI’s, ultrasounds) For private healthcare holders we offer onsite rebates if supported by your provider. For EPC referrals it’s important to bring documentation and your Medicare rebate so we can process the refund for you on site.

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