At its core Osteopathy is based on a set of principles, rather than specific techniques or protocols. Osteopathy began in the late 1800’s with an American physician and surgeon named Andrew Taylor Still in Kirksville, Missouri. After the death of his wife and 4 of his children, Still was disillusioned with the allopathic medical system. Medicines were often ineffective and occasionally harmful, with unsanitary surgical practices often resulting in widespread infection and death. Still turned his attention to human anatomy to explore the relationship between structure and function of the body. He concluded that treating the musculoskeletal system supports the body’s inherent healing mechanisms, therefore avoiding treatments he felt offered greater risk than reward. Still developed the concept of the “osteopathic lesion”, where tension within the tissues impacted fluid movement. Increasing fluid movement allows the tissues to have the best environment for optimal function. While allopathic medicine has significantly improved since the 1800s, for musculoskeletal complaints, many treatments still look to relieve the symptoms rather than treat the cause of pain and stiffness. At Complete Health Osteopathy we are committed to using the most effective and up to date techniques, guided by the principles of Osteopathy, to determine the underlying reason for your pain and provide meaningful change.
“To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease.” – A.T. Still MD, DO Philosophy of Osteopathy
“Any variation from the health has a cause, and the cause has a location. It is the business of the osteopath to locate and remove it (the cause), doing away with disease and getting health instead.” – A. T. Still MD, DO, Osteopathy Research and Practice
“You begin with anatomy, and you end with anatomy, a knowledge of anatomy is all you want or need.” – A.T. Still MD DO Philosophy of Osteopathy
Dr Syed Hussain (Osteopath)
Dr Jonathan Booth (Osteopath)
Dr Syed studied Osteopathy at RMIT. In 2013, after watching a video of Brian Tuckey (founder of FCS) treating tremors of a patient, he started to look for Counterstrain training. That was a life changing moment and FCS-training has become part of a life long journey of continuous education. Syed undertook the first course in FCS (Lymphatics & Venous) with Timothy Hodges and has since studied the full curriculum of FCS courses with Brian and Tim. Dr Syed is very passionate about FCS and has begun sharing the technique with his fellow Australian Osteopaths so they too can bring this powerful technique into their clinics and be part of changing the lives of their patients.
Dr Jonathan first discovered osteopathy following a significant back and knee injury incurred while snowboarding. During his recovery he was drawn to the ethos and methodology that underpins osteopathic practice. The basis for Jonathan’s approach to treatment is a genuine drive to work with people to achieve their health goals, combined with a keen interest in anatomy and biomechanics and implementing the most up to date and effective treatment techniques available – namely FCS. By exploring his patient’s motivations for seeking therapy, Jonathan aims to provide a realistic and relevant management plan to facilitate meaningful change.
Jonathan counts himself lucky to have traveled extensively across the world, and thoroughly enjoys trying new food and experiencing different cultures. Despite his previous injuries, Jonathan still has a deep affinity for mountains and snow.