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Osteopathy students bring relief to the outback

Southern Cross University Oesteopathy students Bryce O’Hara, Niribi Sanna, Rodney Williams, Nichole Phillips (Supervisor), Markas Jacobsen and Sarah McCahon (patient on table). Photo TWH

People in Bourke and Brewarrina are benefitting from osteopathy services provided by student on clinical placements.

Ten students from Southern Cross Universities in Lismore and the Gold Coast have been practicing in Bourke and Brewarrina, and are bringing relief, knowledge, and treatment to community members.

Osteopathy is a hands-on therapy that aims to restore movement and function to stiff and sore areas of the body.

Students use a combination of massage, joint movement, stretches, joint clicking and exercises to help make people more comfortable.

Back pain, especially lower back pain, sports injuries, headaches, work-related aches and pain, and neck and shoulder pain, are all conditions commonly treated by osteopaths and something most people can relate to.

However, the blessings don’t only fall on the patients; the students also say the experience of living and working in the outback has benefited them.

Gold Coast student Rodney Williams says his experience has been absolutely fantastic.

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