Osteopathy is a manual therapy that focuses on assisting the body to restore functioning and movement.
Our osteopaths do this by using soft tissue massage, stretching, joint mobilisation and manipulation.
Osteopaths also use hands on techniques which may influence different systems of the body such as digestion, respiration and the nervous system.
Your osteopath will begin your consultation with a thorough discussion about the complaint or problem you are presenting with. They will also ask about your general health and medical history as part of their assessment.
An examination is conducted looking at how the affected region is moving, whilst also assessing related areas or structures.
Your osteopath will then discuss their diagnosis and treatment plan. This usually includes home exercise, ergonomic or rehabilitation advice.
Treatment is then tailored to what we find during examination, and discussing this with the patient. All treatments are individualised, based on your specific needs.
During and after treatment your osteopath will offer advice and exercises to enhance your recovery. Our osteopaths can give you guided programs to follow, and monitor your progress to restore your functioning and help you return to your best.
Osteopathy and Pregnancy
We appreciate that pregnancy is a unique and amazing experience. Many changes occur to the body to allow for the baby’s growth, preparing the body for labour and motherhood. For some women this can result in discomfort and limited functioning.
The osteopaths at Peninsula Osteopathy + Allied Health can assess if problems arising during pregnancy may be due to:
change in functioning of the body
pressure on structures as baby grows
change in body weight and balance.
HOW CAN PENINSULA OSTEOPATHY HELP?
After a thorough patient history and examination, our osteopaths use hands-on treatment to assist your body with changes occurring during your pregnancy. Patients are encouraged to be actively involved in their treatment and they will be able to give feedback at all stages of their care.
Our approach is tailored to each patient’s needs and includes:
- Using soft tissue massage, stretching and joint movement to assist restricted areas to move better
- Giving appropriate exercises to strengthen the pelvis and pelvic floor, and stretches to relieve areas of tightness and restriction
ergonomic advice e.g. postural advice for work, labour, and feeding your baby
- Regular monitoring and reassessment of your symptoms as your pregnancy progresses
- Assessment and advice post labour to assist your body to best respond after your pregnancy and birth, and into motherhood
- Exercise classes for pregnancy and motherhood conducted at the clinic.
DR BELINDA KELLY
Belinda completed her 5 year osteopathic training at Victoria University before commencing practice in Geelong, then moving on to Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne to experience osteopathy in many different settings. Settling back in Geelong Belinda realised there was a need for osteopathic services on the northern Bellarine, and established her practice within Drysdale Clinic in 2005.
Belinda enjoys treating patients with problems related to injuries or conditions, and has a special interest in women’s health, particularly treating women pre and post natal. Belinda has a keen interest in most sports, which was reflected in her masters study on injuries in elite women cricketers. Belinda presented her study at the World Congress of Science and Medicine in Cricket in South Africa in 2003 during the cricket World Cup.
Belinda has a young family who all enjoy participation in different sports and activities. Belinda has a love of swimming, pilates and an addiction to stand up paddle boarding! Belinda enjoys being able educate patients through treatment and lifestyle advice, so they can help themselves to maintain and improve their functioning.
Belinda also teaches pilates at the clinic.
DR MEAGHAN WHELAN
Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)
Bachelor of Science (Clinical Science)
Bachelor Human Movement and Exercise Science/Bachelor of Psychology
Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (Myotherapy)
Meaghan has extensive experience working in elite sports with more than a decade working in AFL talent pathways including Western Bulldogs AFL and AFLW, Victorian Football League club Werribee and TAC Cup club Western Jets. She has also spent time trackside treating international track cyclists.
Meaghan has a keen interest in treating women through all stages of pregnancy and has undertaken additional learning to further development her skills in this area.
In her passion for preventative health and well-being, Meaghan has become a qualified Pilates instructor and finds it beneficial to incorporate this in her treatment sessions. Meaghan leads Pilates classes at our clinic and with year 12 students at Saint Ignatius College.
Away from work Meaghan loves gardening and enjoys getting tips from her green-thumb patients while helping them remain injury-free to spend more time in their gardens.
DR TENEILLE MALONEY
Teneille completed her osteopathic training at RMIT Melbourne where she commenced work in private practice. Teneille then had a travelling adventure before returning home to settle in Geelong.
Teneille has returned to work at Peninsula Osteopathy after maternity leave. Teneille has a special interest in women's health and has completed post graduate courses in this area. Teneille also enjoys treating a variety of conditions including neck pain and headaches, low back pain and sports injuries.
Teneille is also qualified to utilised Musculoskeletal Dry Needling as part of osteopathic management of soft tissue conditions.
DR DEMI DONEGAN
Demi completed her training at RMIT University and has moved to enjoy the coastal lifestyle. Demi enjoys treating a variety of conditions from sporting injuries, postural issues, neck and back pain to pregnancy related issues.
Demi's caring personality is evident in her approach to osteopathy. She is passionate about promoting overall wellbeing and is committed to helping her patients achieve their personal goals and maintain health and fitness.
Demi has also completed her Clinical Pilates training and is looking forward to running some classes to help her clients that one step further.
Demi loves being outdoors and keeping active as well as relaxing with a good book. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends and getting to the beach with her dog when she can.
DR GEMMA PERCY
Gemma completed her Bachelor of health sciences/Bachelor of Applied Sciences at RMIT University before commencing practice in her hometown of Drysdale. She enjoys treating a range of conditions including neck pain and headaches, back pain and sporting injuries. Gemma has a particular interest in overuse injuries such as tendinopathies and has completed further courses including ‘Mastering lower limb tendinopathies' to further develop her understanding.
Having participated in many team sports growing up Gemma has developed a keen interest and passion in assisting young athletes stay fit and healthy. She enjoys playing an active role in helping patients of all ages achieve their goals – no matter how big or small. She believes in using a patient centred approach to treatment and works with each individual to develop a management plan that suits best. Gemma typically utilises a direct approach to treatment using techniques such as soft tissues massage, muscle and joint stretching, manipulation and dry needling.
Gemma has also completed her Mat Pilates training with Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute (APPI) and likes to incorporate these exercises into her management plans. Gemma believes that exercise and movement play an integral role in achieving optimal outcomes and will often prescribe rehab and appropriate stretching as an adjunct to treatment.
Outside of the treatment room Gemma is a keen netballer competing for Leopold in the GFL. She also enjoys spending time outdoors going camping, hiking and mountain bike riding.
DR CAITLIN WRIGHT
Caitlin graduated from Victoria University in 2012 and has been working across clinics in Brunswick and Yarraville over the last 8 years before heading back home to the coast.
Caitlin's treatment and management of clients is based on the original philosophies of Osteopathy, with the holistic approach being very important to her.
Caitlin combines a variety of Osteopathic techniques tailored to individual needs together with exercise and lifestyle prescription and advice.
Since completing formal studies Caitlin has gone on to further study into chronic pain and mindfulness/ awareness practice. As well as becoming certified in myofascial cupping and dry needling.
Into the future Caitlin is interested in becoming more involved in yoga practice and functional/biomechanical assessments.
DR JOSH ROBERTS
Josh completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, before his fascination with the body's ability to heal led him to becoming an Osteopath. Originally from a tiny country town in Central Victoria, Josh has loved living in the thriving metropolis of Geelong and the Bellarine.
Josh gets his most fulfilment from helping patients understand their pain and working with them to overcome it. He knows the value of clear communication and prides himself on building strong relationships with his patients, ensuring they fully understand their diagnosis and the plan to manage it! Josh also has a passion for running and loves helping patients with their running-related injuries, as well as improving their performance.
He utilises a variety of osteopathic manual therapy techniques, including soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, manipulation and dry needling. These techniques are often combined with individually tailored exercises and stretches, along with appropriate lifestyle advice.
Beyond osteopathy, Josh spends as much time as possible outside; camping, hiking and running. Or spending time with his beloved greyhound, Mark!