Atrium Osteopathy at the Clocktower Building
1 Whitehorse Rd Deepdene, Vic, 3103
Phone: (03) 9853 0808
Manual therapy that aims to balance interrelated systems of the body to restore health and wellbeing

Rachimah Fraval

Rachimah completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Complimentary Medicine (Osteopathy) and a Masters in Osteopathy at RMIT University. She also has over 8 years’ experience working as a masseuse prior to becoming an Osteopath.

She provides a holistic approach, playing an active role in patient education to assist with managing pain and injuries. Rachimah has experience treating a wide variety of complaints using a combination of cranial and structural techniques, as well as looking into postural, emotional and ergonomic factors. She strives to find the source of problem so that a course of treatment can be devised to prevent reoccurrence as well as relieving presenting symptoms. Her gentle approach is suitable for all ages and injuries with a focus on restoring optimal health and well-being.
Rachimah aims to work with her patients’ consultants, obstetricians and GPs to enable patients to have the best all round care. She believes that the human body has a huge natural potential for healing, which can be stimulated by implementing osteopathic treatment.

Dr Alana Smarrelli

Registered Osteopath

I am a registered Osteopath and member of Osteopathy Australia. I graduated from 5 years of osteopathic study from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Complementary Medicine) and a Masters in Osteopathy.


I have thoroughly enjoyed my work in the Osteopathic field. Every year my knowledge, skills and passion grow. I chose to participate in post graduate courses including Osteopathy in the Cranial Field, Dr Still’s original technique, Rule of the Artery and Balancing Ligamentous Tension. Each course fascinating, challenging and essential for expanding my tool set and refining my palpation and diagnostic skills.

I treat the whole body from head to toe, and all ages from babies to the elderly and everyone in-between. I have a particular interest in posture; ligamentous/connective tissue injuries; and thoracic and rib cage pain. During the consultation, I take the time to explain the working diagnosis; the associated anatomy; and techniques used.

Every patient is unique. Each with their own history, experiences and pain patterns. My intention is always to listen; listen not only to my patient but also to what their tissues have to tell me. Then we can find the cause of the problem.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, yoga and catching up for coffee with friends and family

Introduction to Atrium Osteopathy, Balwyn

Welcome to Atrium Osteopathy Balwyn, conveniently located close to Melbourne where an understanding of your body and the achievement of your goals for your health is our top priority.

The information on this page is designed to help you get the most from your experience of our manual therapy techniques.

One of our strongest beliefs is that the body has its own ability to heal. It is important you remember that the manual therapy techniques we use can only facilitate your healing process. We will gently remind you of this during the treatment.

Our choice of manual therapy technique relates to our individual diagnosis of each person. The techniques we use include soft tissue technique, stretching, muscle energy technique, myofascial release, cranio-sacral osteopathy / cranial osteopath techniques and high velocity manipulation.

Please discuss any concerns you may have about any of these techniques at any time throughout the treatment process.

Some people will experience temporary pain after a treatment. This is generally a positive sign that your body has made postural changes and normally remains for up to three days after a treatment.

Please feel that you can call and discuss any concerns you have with either your individual practitioner or any of the other practitioners in the osteopathic clinic

An Osteopathic Treatment ends when significant tissue change has occurred. This may take a shorter or longer period of time for different people. We always try to give each patient the amount of treatment they need on any given day.

This means that sometimes we may run a little late because a patient in need has required more time. If you are one who is held up, we will offer you the courtesy of allowing more time for your treatment if it is needed.

Generally we treat a new patient for 45 minutes and a returning patient for 30 minutes.

You will be charged a fee if you do not give us at least 24 hours to change or cancel an appointment. We do this because we value our time and because we often have a waiting list of patients who can fill a vacancy if given enough notice.

We expect payment on the day of treatment and you have a choice of paying by cash, cheque, credit card or eftpos.

Please feel free to ask us any questions before your treatment begins or at any stage in the treatment process. We value your feedback.

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Dr Elissa O’Brien

B.Sc (Clin Sci) M.H.Sc (Ost) Osteopathy Australia Member

I am an osteopath and the mother of two girls. I love Osteopathy because it allows me to explore and enhance wellbeing. Many people in our society misunderstand the difference between the health model and the disease model of treatment.


The model commonly represented by western medicine focuses on disease identification and treatment based on the symptomatology. We are lucky to have the luxury of balancing our treatment decisions in our society with two strong models serving a different purpose but complimenting the other. Osteopathy promotes good health and general wellbeing in a preventative sense, however I find that my long-term patients also allow themselves to feel better than healthy. This is when the osteopathic model really shines, allowing true health exploration. Many of my patients report that the treatment works as much on their sense of wellbeing as on the individual aches and pains they present with.

To treat one part of the body in isolation ignores the inherent ability of the patient to find homeostasis and in doing so return to health. Due to this you won’t find me offering to treat lists of conditions. You will however find that I’ll assess the whole person and treat them using an osteopathic approach. Osteopathy offers the chance for patients to learn about their own unique responses to the world and how these responses have affected their life. During this exploration the patient may then learn to respond to the environment with more ease and confidence. An example of this is by them becoming aware of their postural and breathing responses to stressful situations. The end result could be that they have more awareness to the way their body responds or they may even decide they no longer need to be exposed to the stressful parts of their environment at all. As you’ll discover at Atrium Osteopathy the osteopathic approach involves a thorough case history, examination and assessment, hands on manual therapy and education in a supportive and nurturing environment.

I studied at Victoria University and since graduating I’ve studied many post-graduate courses including, Osteopathy in the Cranial Field Fundamentals, The Face, Paediatrics (conception to one year), Visceral Techniques and the Rule of the Artery (heart and blood flow dynamics).
I have also been lucky enough to lecture at the universities, at private teaching faculties and to present at international conferences. I’ve lectured about ‘the osteopathic approach to tongue tie’ and ‘stress and the mother-baby dyad’ to osteopaths and other health professionals.

I have always been interested in the anatomy and physiology of the pregnant woman, it’s an amazing time to support the mother-baby dyad and to witness the body transform and support life. Children of all ages are also very rewarding to treat as in this case we work with the natural cycles of growth. Self-care eduction in children is extremely important in my treatment model allowing good habits and awareness to develop. I often find that problems we face in adulthood have stemmed from childhood issues that were not appropriately addressed. I look forward to discussing the health of your whole family.

Osteopath Melbourne – Health for the Whole Family

The dedicated team of therapists at Atrium Road Osteopathy care about the health of all the family.

We diagnose and treat the whole person and with the family unit in mind, our focus is the phase of the young family, through pregnancy and the early childhood years. Although when we educate one family member about the importance of correct breathing biomechanics, posture or general self care; you’ll find that we ask them to educate other family members young and old. Grandparents benefit from good biomechanical awareness as much as any family member.

The founder of Osteopathy, Dr Andrew Taylor Still described osteopathy as a science that analyses the man and finds that he partakes of divine intelligence. (Autobiography 1897) He must’ve been an amazing person because after experiencing the suffering of losing his wife and children to meningitis he began dissecting the body to learn more about its biomechanical structure. He was a trained Doctor at the time, but his refined knowledge of anatomy enabled him to then develop a new form of health care. He theorised that he could allow health in the whole person via the application of osteopathic manual therapy. He was able to start a University and form a system of health care that has spread across the world.

There are stories of him treating his own headaches at age 10 by resting the back of his neck on his rope swing and another of him treating his body aches when he had the flu by rolling his back on a log the way a mule might roll in a paddock. Don’t worry, you’ll find the manual therapy techniques used at Atrium Osteopathy are much more refined than Dr Still’s original ones. A man who lived through the American Civil war, disapproved of slavery, spent time with the American Indians and didn’t discriminate race, sex or class. He was also known to say “To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease” (The Philosophy and Mechanical Principles of Osteopathy 1892) This should be the aim of every osteopath practicing today.

In the last decade the osteopaths in Australia have attempted to define our profession to enable an ease of marketing. However, I feel the fact it isn’t easy to define, is a positive for our profession. Osteopathy is taught as a science degree but is based on a philosophy and thus, to define it purely for ease of description would limit it. I’d rather educate people to its complexities than risk losing its fundamental basis. One of Dr Still’s final statements on the topic in late 1915 was “ I hope the faithful will rally around the (osteopathic) flag and we will build an International school that will offer no compromise unless it is the golden truth.

You’ll find the osteopaths at Atrium Osteopathy to be passionate in our delivery, still searching to understand exactly what Dr Still was trying to teach us and committed to journey with you along the road to better understanding the complex system that is the human body.

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What Is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a “whole body” system of manual therapy, based on unique biomechanical principles. Osteopathy uses a wide range of techniques to treat not only musculo-skeletal problems but also other problems that may not obviously be related to musculo-skeletal disorders. Due to the intricate nature of the body and it’s many systems and layers, osteopaths who work with the musculoskeletal system as an application of osteopathic philosophy find that patients report a general ease throughout their posture that can have a flow on effect to their whole body.

Problems that are commonly treated with osteopathy include:

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