A graduate from RMIT University, Christina holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy). She enjoys working with patients of all ages and treating a range of acute and chronic conditions with a special interest in back and neck pain, postural issues, headaches/migraines, repetitive strain injuries and sporting injuries.
Christina uses an array of hands on techniques and management strategies tailored to individuals’ needs. She has completed additional courses in myofascial dry needling, cupping, taping and radial shockwave therapy and incorporates those skills within her treatment.
She takes great pride in seeing the positive effect osteopathy has on improving the health and wellbeing of her patients. Christina is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Osteopathy Australia.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy stemming from the theory that the body acts as holistic unit. As allied health professionals, Osteopaths recognise the important link between structure and function of the body and base their treatment towards allowing the body to heal itself.
Through assessing the integrity of bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue, and internal organs, osteopaths base their examination, diagnosis and treatment not only on the presenting symptoms, but on further analysis of the underlying causes of pain for long lasting relief.
In Australia, Osteopaths are government-registered practitioners who have completed a 5 year minimum accredited university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic technique.
Osteopaths treat a variety of conditions such as:
Acute or chronic musculoskeletal pain
Neck and back pain
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injuries)
Inflammatory conditions (plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bursitis)
Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain
Shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand pain
Myofascial dry needling is a procedure that involves the insertion of a thin filament needled directly into myofascial trigger points within the muscle. It is an effective technique for the treatment of muscular pain and inflammatory conditions. It is used to promote blood flow and encourage the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms.
Myofascial trigger points are hyperirritable nodules located within a taut band of muscle that are painful on palpation, can limit range of motion and can cause referral patterns distant from the original location.
Myofascial cupping is extremely beneficial in promoting blood flow to areas that require healing throughout the body. It can assist in improving range of motion, eliminating trigger points and reducing fascial restrictions commonly caused by repetitive movement originating from sports or the workplace. By decreasing fascial adhesions it can contribute in diminishing the incidence of injury and maintaining musculoskeletal function.
As myofascial cupping can take time, it is suggested to a book a 45-minute consultation in order to receive it maximum benefits.
Initial Consultation (45 minutes): $105
Subsequent Consultation (30 minutes): $85
Subsequent Extended (45 minutes): $120
Subsequent Long (60 minutes): $160
Concession rates are available for pensioners and health care cardholders and will be discounted $10 from the consultation rate.
Private health rebates are accepted and can be claimed on the premises. Rebate will depend on your level of cover and private health fund.
Medicare ‘Chronic Disease Management Plans
Ask your GP if you are eligible for a Chronic Disease Management plan, formerly known as an EPC plan (Enhanced Primary Care). Medicare rebates may be available to patients by a GP referral for a maximum of five osteopathic treatments partially covered by Medicare. The Osteopathic rebate is currently $52.95. Often rebates can be paid directly back into your account on the same day as payment. Pensioners and healthcare cardholders will be bulk billed.