Dr Rachimah Fraval Wilton
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 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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