SMCT is proud to regard the wellbeing of our employees so highly, launching a number of initiatives to keep colleagues safe and well at work. One such initiative has caught the attention of many – our on-site osteopath, Tom.
So, what exactly is an osteopath? As of 2018, there were only 2389 registered in Australia. That equates to approximately 0.001% of the population (less than one out of every 10,000 Australians), so it is considered to be somewhat of a niche profession.
It is a vital service for us, however. Tom Peasley is our on-site osteopath at SMCT and provides an essential, free service that we offer our employees to look after their physical wellbeing.
We were delighted to sit down with Tom to learn more about this profession and why he chose SMCT.
1. What exactly does an osteopath do?
An osteopathic approach to pain and injury is fairly
simple. We look at the immediate area of pain, and then look at how it
relates to other associated areas of the body and its relationship to the
nerves and circulation. The body works together as a whole unit providing
function and movement. When diagnosing pain or injury, it is my job to look at
everything, rather than just the individual joint or muscle that is causing the
When employees come to see me at SMCT, this is a
brief rundown of what they should expect:
We will have a detailed chat about your current pain or
discomfort. This will include the area of the pain, type of pain,
intensity of pain and what you think may have led to the pain starting.
We then go through a series of exercises to test
your range of motion in the area. This gives me an insight into how the
painful area moves in relation to the other side, or other joints in the area.
After we have discussed the cause of pain and a treatment
plan to help the pain improve, we will begin some treatment. Treatment usually
consists of massages to the area, stretching and range of motion exercises, and
joint articulation (moving the joint).