Dr. Suheyla Balkis
Dr Suheyla Balkis is a registered Osteopath and member of Osteopathy Australia.
She graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of health science/ Bachelor of applied science
She completed further study in myofascial dry needling and cupping. Whilst studying osteopathy, Suheyla completed certification under Sports Medicine Australia and became a qualified sports trainer. Having worked in football clubs she has gained valuable experience working with sporting related injuries and rehabilitation.
Suheyla also has experience working with clients in aged care. She has treated various chronic musculoskeletal conditions with a focus on pain relief. Using her osteopathic knowledge, she has conducted individual and group manual handling training for staff and worked with the elderly to improve their mobility and quality of life.
Using a variety of osteopathic techniques, Suheyla tailors her treatment and management to the individual, focusing on a holistic approach.
• Back, neck and shoulder pain
• Muscle strains and spasms
• Ligamentous sprains
• Hip, knee, jaw, elbow, wrist and ankle pain
• Joint and muscle pain associated with arthritic conditions
• Sports related injuries
• Work related injuries
• Postural problems
• Musculoskeletal pain associated with pregnancy
• Headaches and much more
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How can osteopaths help treat your back pain?
In your first consult, your osteopath will take a detailed medical history and ask you questions regarding your back pain to paint a picture of your complaint. These questions will help tailor a diagnosis which will enable your osteopath to have an individualised treatment and management plan specifically for you.
Osteopaths focus on your euro-musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Before treatment, your osteopath will perform a quick observation of your posture, head carriage, shoulders, pelvis and spine to see how they are all working in conjunction with each other. Your osteopath will check your range of movement and perform special test designed to help identify a specific area of injury and aid in the diagnosis and treatment plan.
Treatment for back pain consists of a range of osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths can treat the affected areas by performing techniques such as massage, myofascial dry needling and cupping to help ease muscle tension. Osteopaths treat the spine by using techniques like joint mobilisation and manipulations to increase range of motion and decrease pain. We also address the nervous system by focusing on surrounding tissue structures and optimising the nerve pathways.
Your osteopath will give you tailored exercises and advice on ways you can ease your back pain when you are at home. If necessary, your treatment and management plan may also include a referral to the GP or another specialist to help diagnose your problem.
What is osteopathy?
“Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. They know how parts of your body should work together and the impact if they do not” – Osteopathy Australia.
Your first consultation: Your osteopath will ask about your problem and symptoms. This will include your medical history,
any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. Your osteopath will advise you if they can treat you or you need to be referred to another health practitioner. Your osteopath will conduct an examination and clinical tests. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, movement and postural assessments, which determine how best to manage your condition.
The examination may include passive and active movements. The osteopath may lift your arms or legs and you may be asked to bend over, or be asked to perform an activity. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear and clothing. Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to assessment and clinical management, so your osteopath may look at the area that is troubling you, as well as other parts of your body. For example if you have a sore knee, your
osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back. Osteopaths provide a broad range of treatments. Osteopaths prescribe clinical exercises for you to do at home or work, provide manual therapy, needling techniques, lifestyle interventions and recommend equipment to help you manage your condition and function.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
Many patients are referred to osteopaths by their doctors, other health practitioners or personal trainers. However, as osteopaths are primary care practitioners, you can make an appointment directly without a referral.
What do I need to bring?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Depending on the area of your body requiring examination, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It is essential that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring a pair of stretchy gym shorts to change into. You may bring a chaperone if you wish. Plan to attend along with your child if your child is the patient.
What should i wear?
It’s important that you feel comfortable, so wear a loose shirt or T/shirt, and loose pants or shorts, or bring loose clothes with you to change into at the appointment. You can check with the clinic beforehand, however often you will be asked to remove some clothing for treatment. If you are asked to remove outer clothes, you should be offered a gown or covered with a towel during the treatment.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Osteopathy combines hands on manual therapy with exercise programming, dry needling, other interventions like equipment prescription and movement advice when clinically indicated. Hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation. If your injuries require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible. Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.
How Osteopaths differ from physiotherapy/chiropractic treatments?
Osteopaths focus on the health of the entire body, rather than just the injured or affected part. They look at how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, connective tissue and internal organs function as a whole body unit. You might see an osteo for issues including back pain, headaches, sporting injuries or digestive issues. As with chiros and physios, osteos use their hands to try and balance the systems within the body, approach to conditions/techniques do compare.