Osteopathy & Physiotherapy

Osteopathy and Physiotherapy: “Why both?”

I am often asked, “What is the difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy?” However it is difficult to give a straightforward answer. Both are independent government regulated health professions https://www.ahpra.gov.au/  that share a common interest in the nervous and musculoskeletal systems, movement, and health but each retains their unique origins and practice principles and treatment approaches. Understanding the History of Manipulative Therapy helps put this into perspective (Pettman, 2007) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2565620/

I draw on knowledge and experience from both disciplines, gained throughout my professional practice life and I believe that this is the way that healthcare is evolving. Practitioners just continue to expand their interests and skills so they can better serve the needs of their patients/clients. I have always been drawn to osteopathy’s practice principles that have remained fundamentally unchanged from their origins; the body is a unit, the body has its own self-regulating mechanisms, and the body’s structure and function is reciprocally interrelated.

Osteopathic Principles: what does this mean?

To me, it captures the basis for a truly holistic approach; one that rests upon different forms of knowledge; essentially science and a patient-centred view. When a person presents with a particular complaint, the osteopath will take a full-body view and spends time looking for local and distal factors that might be contributing to the problem. Diagnosis and treatment is based on detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology merged with an appreciation of the individual and his/her unique situation, the osteopath’s ability to feel the body tissues and the sensitive application of manual therapy. The aim of treatment is to facilitate a beneficial change within the body - joints, muscles, ligaments, fascia, nerves and fluids. The body, which is in a continual state of inner motion, makes the change and the osteopath induces and guides the process, which fits with the idea of Re Balancing.

What about the body, mind, spirit approach?

We are complex beings and the more we learn about, and research human biology, the more we appreciate its complexity. Mind and body cannot be separated and healthcare has seen a shift toward a biopsychosocial model where we have a greater appreciation of the inter-relationship between a person’s background, thoughts, emotions, responses to different life experiences and their physical and mental wellbeing.

Practice Areas of Interest

Denise is passionate about, and has postgraduate training and experience in the fields of Paediatrics and Trauma Recovery.
She completed a research doctorate that explored osteopathy for babies with breastfeeding difficulties and has also played a key role in the development, coordination, and teaching of a graduate certificate course in neonatal and infant paediatric manual therapy at Victoria University.
Denise believes that appropriate early intervention for babies and children and support for their caregivers is all about preventative medicine; helping families and the very young, who are growing and developing, to achieve their full potential.
She also believes that humans, in general, have the biological resources to respond to, and deal with, various life challenges. However, social stresses and some physical and emotional traumatic experiences can have cumulative and far reaching negative effects on an individual’s wellbeing and quality of life. Hence treatment is not only important for injury recovery but to build resilience through understanding, body awareness, and ongoing self-management strategies such as TRE, EEL, and fitting of Prokinetics foot orthoses. [Denise is a provider of Prokinetics posture correction insoles that work on a dynamic basis to stimulate and strengthen the feet. For further information see http://www.prokineticsaustralia.com.au/]

Making an appointment 

Due to the COVID-19 Stage 4 restrictions, the clinic is only open to treat conditions that are considered URGENT CARE.

Unfortunately it is too difficult to monitor this with online bookings, so they have been disabled at this time.

If you feel that the absence or delay of treatment would:

• result in a significant change/deterioration in your condition
• impact on your ability to complete activities of daily living
• prevent you from going to work or completing work duties
• result in you escalating care to a GP or ER

Then please contact Dr Denise Cornall directly: 
Phone: 0467 574050      Email: denise@rebalancing.com.au



Cornall, D. (2011). A review of the breastfeeding literature relevant to osteopathic practice. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 14, 61-66.
Pettman, E. (2007). A history of manipulative therapy. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 15(3), 165-174.