• Osteopathy, Massage Therapy & Naturopathy

    Hills Osteopaths; the family orientated osteopathic practice in Castle Hill

  • Welcome to Hill Osteopaths

    "Our mission is to provide excellence in osteopathic care for you and your family"

    J.Howard. Principle. Registered Osteopath BSC. (Hons) Ost Med.MSc Paed Ost [UK]

    Hills Osteopaths are an Australian Osteopathic Association member. Click logo to learn more

    Hills Osteopathic Practice ...

    ... is a professionally run osteopathy, and complementary treatment practice with a reputation for providing a high level of patient care. We treat people of all ages who consult us for a wide variety of conditions in our modern, comfortable treatment rooms.

     

    We utilise both proven, structural and cranial osteopathy techniques to help change peoples lives effectively. Our osteopath’s are highly trained in cranial osteopathy,which may be beneficial for mothers and babies.

    Osteopathic care. Safe in our hands

    Our ethos

    All our practice team are committed to providing the highest standards of osteopathic care and service

     

    It is each practitioners intention that, through effective treatment, each patient will develop an understanding and awareness of their problem in order to reduce the risk of recurrence or aggravation. The aim of working with each patient is to obtain the maximum benefit out of a minimum number of treatment sessions.

  • Contact Us

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  • Meet the Team

    All of our team have undergone rigorous training and maintain continued professional development

    Julian Howard. Registered Osteopath

    Julian Howard

    Principle. Registered Osteopath

    The Hills Osteopathic practice was established and is managed by Julian Howard.

     

    In 1993 he experienced a life changing event. His son had a difficult birth, and at 10 days old he took him to the Osteopathic Centre for Children in (Farringdon, London). Julian became fascinated by osteopathy and amazed by the way in which children with a wide range of illnesses and conditions could be helped. Julian decided that if he ever changed career this was what he would like to do. Eventually he sold his business and went back to university to study for the BSc degree in Osteopathic Medicine. Julian graduated with First Class Honours. The wheel turned full circle, as in 2007 Julian completed a two years Masters in Paediatric Osteopathy at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, and has worked alongside some of the best osteopaths in the UK.

     

    Having had a successful UK practice Julian set up the Hills Osteopathic practice in Cherrybrook after moving to Sydney in late 2007.

     

    Click here to view Julian's qualification CV and CPD information.

     

    Yan-Kei Man. Registered Osteopath

    Yan-Kei Man

    Registered Osteopath

    Yan-Kei graduated from the European School of Osteopathy (Maidstone, UK) and obtained an Integrated Masters Degree in Osteopathy. Through this she acquired different skill sets that provide the means for her to resolve patient’s issues, utilising various osteopathic approaches and is also qualified in medical acupuncture.

     

    Yan-Kei observed at the Osteopathic Centre for Children, clinics of experienced osteopaths and Traditional Chinese Medical doctors, and attended post-graduate courses. This has made her aware of how osteopathy and alternative medicine can treat other systems in the body, including the musculo-skeletal system.

     

    Yan-Kei's experience in working with children since 2007 in Hong Kong and India as a teacher and teaching assistant helped develop her keen interest in children’s health. She finds that the developmental health of a child has a great impact on their lives. More importantly, having good health at a young age sets off a positive chain reaction that continues into adulthood.

     

    Janelle Camuglia. Naturopath & Massage Therapist

    Janelle Camuglia

    Naturopath & Massage Therapist

    Janelle Camuglia is our longest practicing therapist. She graduated from Nature Care College as a remedial massage therapist in 1995, and as a Naturopath in 2002.

     

    As a massage therapist she works slowly and deeply to melt chronic muscular tension. She creates a safe, nurturing and respectful space which facilitates expressing and releasing the emotional tensions that are often at the source of physical tension.

     

    Janelle has been working as a naturopath since 2004. She offers a variety of testing services to assess overall health status and tailors herbal, nutritional and lifestyle programs to suit her clients individual needs. She regularly provides support in disorders such as fatigue, digestive complaints, mood disorders and depression, allergies, auto-immune conditions and pre-menstrual tension.

     

    Janelle uses a holistic approach to move her clients towards a vibrant state of physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and enjoyment of life.

  • About Osteopathy

    What is osteopathy

    What is osteopathy ?

    Osteopathy is a healthcare system developed in the late 1800’s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still who was disillusioned with the conventional medicine of his day. Osteopathy uses many of the diagnostic procedures involved in conventional medical assessment and diagnosis as well as assessing patients bio-mechanically, functionally and posturally.

     

    Osteopathy is both a manual therapy, which uses an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment with its main emphasis on the structural integrity of the body. Plus an holistic therapy which means that is considers the body as a whole being. It is distinctive in the fact that it recognises much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in the function of the body structure as well as damage caused to it by disease processes.

     

    Cranial osteopathy at Hills Osteopaths

    What is cranial osteopathy ?

    Cranial osteopathy is one of the tools of the osteopath, and while ideally suited to children is often a perfect treatment for adults too.

     

    Cranial osteopathy is a refined and deep osteopathic treatment based on anatomy and physiology. Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called “Involuntary Motion” or the “Cranial Rhythm”.  The movement is of very small amplitude, therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. Practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal.  This shows them what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of its past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.

    How can osteopathy help

    How can osteopathy help ?

    Treatment is aimed at improving mobility and/or reducing inflammation and pain by using gentle manual osteopathic techniques on joints, muscles and ligaments.

     

    Osteopathy is suitable for work related low back or neck pain or sporting injury and it can help with acute or chronic conditions, such as sudden sharp back pain, or long term ache. It is also beneficial for painful ankles, knees, shoulders and elbows. An osteopath may assess the role of an individuals’ diet in their health, or use visceral or cranial osteopathy. As the underlying causes of pain are addressed further improvements may be obtained with postural advice and with an exercise program if required. Age is no barrier to osteopathic treatment as each patient is assessed individually and treatment is gentle. Osteopathy may reduce pain, increase mobility, and contribute to a healthier more active and fulfilled life.

    About osteopathy and pregnancy

    Osteopathy for pregnant mums

    Treatment during pregnancy can help with nausea, vomiting, heartburn, aches and pains and breathing difficulties. Its great for new mums too, who often find their pelvis or low back is uncomfortable after giving birth. The gentle yet powerful cranial osteopathic approach can also be effective in treating back pain whether it is a recent acute episode, or a result of older traumas or injuries, and is also effective at treating musculo-skeletal aches and pains, headaches, and many more conditions.

     

    Children and pregnant mums can benefit enormously from cranial osteopathy. Every baby would benefit from a check-up after birth to ensure there are no retained strains in the body.

     

     

    Osteopathy for babies at Hills osteopaths

    Osteopathy for babies

    When birth is complicated by being unduly slow or fast, or when forceps or ventouse is used the infant head may not recover from the distortions which occur. This may result is subtle changes in function leading to problems such as fractious babies feeding difficulties, colic and disturbed sleep patterns.

     

    A baby may not be sleeping due to an uncomfortable pressure in its head, or tension in the bony and membranous tissues of the skull irritating its nervous system. Diaphramatic tensions and spinal stiffness may contribute to regurgitation, wind, diarrhoea or constipation. Gentle treatment from a skilled osteopath can often bring about significant improvement in these distressing cases.

    Pediatric osteopathy at Hills Osteopaths

    Osteopathy for children

    As children grow older, growth stresses or birth strains may lead to recurrent infections and otitis media (ear infection), or there may be behavioural problems, learning difficulties, headaches and asthma which can be treated.

     

    Whilst school is a time for learning, it is also a time when children are exposed to many illnesses and diseases from their fellow class mates. Both of these aspects can be enhanced and treated (respectively) by osteopathy, right into puberty when the body goes through a number of changes, including physical, chemical and emotional alterations.

     

    You will always be treated confidentially - and no symptom is too small, too big or too embarrassing to an osteopath!

    What to expect on your visit

    You will be asked questions about the reason you have come, for instance how long you have been feeling as you do, how or why things changed, what other effects your complaint is having, as well as questions about your past injuries A medical history will be taken followed by an examination, for which you may be required to change down to underwear or shorts. If you are not comfortable doing this please let us know We will also do any tests (ie reflexes, mobility) necessary to support a diagnosis. After the examination, and if appropriate, you will receive treatment that will vary according to the cause of your problem and how the treatment affects you individually.

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    If your treatment is with cranial osteopathy it is very gentle and may appear as though the osteopath is doing nothing more than placing their hands on you or the patient, when in reality a variety of complex techniques are being used. Sometimes adults feel things happening in their body away from the site of contact with the treatment and sometimes they feel nothing at all. If the patient is a child and cranial osteopathy is used then often they will be relaxed afterwards and sleepy, or they may be unsettled, but this is usually temporary.

     

    Please feel free to ask questions about any aspect of your consultation and treatment at any time.

  • Osteopathic Practitioner Training & Regulation

    Training

    Osteopaths are skilled practitioners.

     

    When studying in the UK Julian undertook a 5 year degree program which was underpinned by clinical training. Such training has a substantial overlap with traditional medical training, covering anatomy, physiology, pathology. bio-mechanics and clinical methods. With such experience osteopaths are able to identify conditions where osteopathy treatment is not appropriate and refer patients to a GP for further investigation.

    Regulation

    Julian Howard is qualified as an osteopathic practitioner.

     

    He is registered with, and regulated by, the NSW Osteopaths Registration Board, Under the umbrella Australian Osteopathic Association, the state and territory board promotes and develops the profession of Osteopathy. Only practitioners meeting their requisite high standards of safety and competency are eligible to join this register. Proof of good health, good character and professional indemnity insurance cover is also a requirement.

     

    Statutory regulation ensures that patients visiting an osteopath ....You have the same safeguards as any patient visiting a doctor or dentist. All registered osteopaths must follow high standards of professional conduct and behaviour. They must also commit to undertaking continuing professional development.

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  • Other Treatment at Hills Osteopaths

    Remedial massage at Hills Osteopaths.

    Remedial Massage

    Remedial massage is focused upon both consultation and treatment.

    A thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology means that the source of pain can be pin pointed and then treated appropriately. In the sports world it is used proactively to prevent injury.

     

    Key benefits of remedial massage include: the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed; the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort; and the toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility. An improvement to the health of the cells, the repairing of tissues, and the easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.

     

    Sports and remedial massage therapy combines general and deep tissue manipulation with various forms of stretching techniques to improve muscle health and performance. The treatment is direct and results are experienced quite quickly. It is a very safe, non invasive therapy. Also beneficial for post operative trauma, arthritis, constipation and lymphatic conditions, Fibrositis, Spondylitis, Arthritis, frozen shoulder, muscular cramps, Whiplash, muscular atrophy, sports and dancing injuries.

     

    Sessions usually take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the whether the practitioner will just address a specific area or give a whole body massage. As oil is used, it is necessary for the patient to change to their underwear for the treatment.

    Pregnancy massage at Hills Ostepaths

    Pregnancy Massage

    Pregnancy massage is an integrated therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother to be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of the childbearing experience. During pregnancy, labour and post partum, specific techniques can reduce discomforts and enhance the physiological and emotional well being of both mother and baby. Studies have demonstrated that massage reduces stress hormones in the body. A pregnant woman’s body is challenged changed and stressed in many different ways. Massage gives special attention to the mother to be, which in turn nurtures the new life that grows within her.

     

    As the pregnant body transforms, you must adjust to the increasing weight, shifting posture, and fluctuating hormone levels. Massage enhances pregnant, labouring and postpartum women’s comfort, health and enjoyment of their pregnancies.Massage is also a benefit in the fourth trimester, in the months after the birth, as the woman’s body returns to normal.

     

    Go ahead, treat yourself!

      Naturopathy at Hills Osteopaths

      Naturopathy

      Janelle Camuglia is our longest practicing therapist. She graduated from Nature Care College as a remedial massage therapist in 1995,and as a Naturopath in 2002. She offers a variety of testing services to assess overall health status and tailors herbal, nutritional and lifestyle programs to suit her clients individual needs. She regularly provides support in disorders such as fatigue, digestive complaints, mood disorders and depression, allergies, auto-immune conditions and pre-menstrual tension.

       

      Janelle uses a holistic approach to move her clients towards a vibrant state of physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and enjoyment of life.

       

      At Hills Osteopaths we provide a variety of specialist on-site and specialist processing testing services. A base listing of our naturopathic fees are:

       

      • Initial Appointment (90 mins) $150-00

      Includes the use of various screening tools to assess how your signs and symptoms relate to your health status

       

      • Report of Findings Appointment (60 mins) $110-00

      You will receive an individualised report of findings which gives a clear overview of the results of your screenings and the importance of these to your health. You will also be provided with a comprehensive health restoration proposal to help you achieve your health goals.

       

      • Follow up Appointment (30 mins) $70-00

      Includes Body Composition Analysis

       

      • Child Appointment (30 mins) $65-00

      For children and young adults 0-19 years. Does not include Body Composition Analysis

       

      Do please contact us today for more details about our naturopathy services.

       

    • Contact Us

      Whether seeking to make an appointment, or speak with us regarding the suitability of osteopathy, or any other treatment we provide, for any health concern or condition you may have - find below our details, plus a secure email contact form that will be dealt with quickly and in the strictest confidence.

       

      Address: Hills Osteopaths Practice. 1A / 10-12 Old Castle Hill Road. Castle Hill. Sydney. NSW 2154 [See map below]

       

      Email : Julian@hillsosteopath.com

       

      Telephone : (02)9659 0515

       

    • Practice Details & Fees

      Hills Osteopaths Practice

      1A / 10-12 Old Castle Hill Road. Castle Hill. Sydney. NSW 2154

      Telephone : (02)9659 0515

      Practice Hours

      Osteopathy

       

      Monday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
      Tuesday: 9:00am - 7:00pm
      Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
      Thursday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
      Friday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
      Saturday: 8:30am - 4:00pm


       

      Pregnancy & Remedial Massage

       

      Tuesday: 9:30am - 2:30pm
      Wednesday: 9:30am - 2:30pm
      Thursday: 9:30am - 8:00pm
      Saturday: 9:30am - 2:30pm


       

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      Consultation & Treatment Fees

      Osteopathy Adults

      Consultation $105
      Between 45 minutes and 1 hour

      Follow up treatments $95
      Up to 30 minutes

       

      Osteopathy Children (0-16)
      Consultation $95
      Between 45 minutes and 1 hour

      Follow up treatments $80
      Up to 30 minutes

       

      Massage
      30 minutes $60
      1 hour $80
      Pregnancy massage (90 mins) $115

      Payment

      Payment to Hills Osteopaths can be by cash, cheque, and all major credit cards. We are also covered by most Private Health Funds.

       

       

      HICAPS

      If using your Private Health Fund...... bring your health fund card and through our HICAPS machine you can claim on the spot, you just pay the difference between your claim allowance and the consultation fee. There are no forms, its quick and easy!

       

      We are grateful if invoices are settled
      on the day of treatment.

    • Find Us

      Proceed along Old Northern Road from either direction.

      When you reach the traffic lights at McMullen Avenue, turn into McMullen Avenue as if going into Castle Towers.

      Proceed down the incline in the left hand lane.

      Immediately before the traffic lights on Old Castle Hill Road turn left into a small parking area. This is free.

      Walk back up the incline and through the gate into Hills Osteopaths.

    • Osteopathy Resources

      At Hills Osteopaths, we believe that being properly informed and able to make good, solid decisions are key to both our success and yours. Below we have compiled a salient guidance documents, also some papers written by Julian Howard. We hope that these will assist you with additional information to help make the best decisions possible. We always strive for the best.

       

      Click the blue resource title to access the respective document or website.

      Depending on the device you are viewing this website Links open in a new window or page.

      Osteopathy Guides

      The following are guidance documents as made available by The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) in the UK.

      Websites

      Australian Osteopathic Association

      Osteopathy Australia (formerly AOA) is the peak body representing the interests of osteopaths, osteopathy as a profession and consumer's right to access osteopathic services.

       

      Osteopathy Council of New South Wales

      The Osteopathy Council of New South Wales is a statutory body that was established in July 2010 under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW). The Council manages notifications and complaints about the conduct, performance or health of osteopathy practitioners and students.

       

      Osteopathy Board of Australia

      Supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regualation Agency who are responsible for the implementation of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme across Australia.

       

      Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy

      The Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy in London UK is a registered charity which is committed to providing osteopathic care for children regardless of their family’s ability to pay. The Osteopathic Centre for Children is the clinical arm of the Foundation.

       

      Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation for Australia and New Zealand

      The Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation of Australia and New Zealand (SCTFANZ) are the leading providers of cranial osteopathy education courses in Australia and New Zealand.