Osteopathy treatments available

Vanessa uses mainly osteopathic techniques in her practice combined with her deep knowledge of diagnosis and pathology from her physiotherapy background. She successfully combine osteopathy and physiotherapy to provide a powerful and holistic system for most conditions. The osteopathic techniques she uses are generally not practiced by regular osteopaths and require extra study in addition to an osteopathic training. These methods are outlined below.

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The treatment methods I use:

Barral Visceral Manipulation

Upledger cranio sacral therapy

Strain counterstrain

Muscle energy technique

Trigger point therapy

Barral Visceral Manipulation

Visceral manipulation was founded by the French physiotherapist and osteopath, Jean Paul Barral. It can help with disorders such as urogenital disorders, injuries from a car accident such as whiplash, back pain, headaches and many more. It is a gentle form of therapy using gentle manual manipulation to mobilise the organs so that they move and glide in their healthy range. “It evaluates and treats the dynamics of motion and suspension in relation to organs, membranes, fascia and ligaments. VM increases proprioceptive communication within the body, thereby revitalizing a person and relieving symptoms of pain, dysfunction, and poor posture”.

Upledger cranio sacral therapy 

Cranio sacral therapy was founded by John Upledger, and osteopath and physician. It is a light touch approach calibrating the cranio sacral membranes and fluid in the spinal cord and around the brain. It enhances the function of the nervous system, and is effective for a range of problems such as back and neck pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, headaches and migraines. To learn more go to

Strain counterstrain

Every nerve muscle, tendon and other structures in the body can contract and produce pain in response to stress and trauma. This technique gently positions the body so that the structures release. Treatments are painless and can help to alleviate musculoskeletal conditions, headaches, migraines and weakness. For more information go to

Muscle energy technique

This is a gentle manual therapy that uses the body’s own muscle contraction to gently reposition joints such as those of the spine. It avoids crunching joints which weakens the ligmaments over time. It is an effective technique to repostion painful and stiff joints in for neck, back, pelvis and sacrum

Trigger point therapy

A trigger point is a tight and tender area in the muscle which refers pain into another part of the body. The therapist will find the tender point and massage it to relieve musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction.

Osteopathy and combinations of treatment techniques

Vanessa will use a combination of techniques to treat your condition.  Because these treatments work deeply  with the whole body there is no need to attend appointments several times a week making this therapy economical as well as effective.

Physical conditions

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain,
  • Headaches,
  • Pelvic floor
  • Pregnancy
  • Post natal
  • Stiffness
  • Flexibility
  • Chronic pain
  • Sports injuries
  • Knee pain


  • Barral
  • Upledger
  • Visceral manipulation
  • Massage,
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Yoga
  • Therapeutic yoga

Osteopathy in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs

Our address is: Western Health Collective 571 Barkly St, West Footscray VIC 3012. Here is a list of suburbs in Melbourne that are close to Tara Holistic Physiotherapy:

Footscray, Maidstone, Maribynong, Yarraville, Seddon, West Footscray, Sunshine, Brooklyn, Altona, Kingsville, Williamstown, Newport, Port Melbourne, North Melbourne, Ascot Vale, Moonie Ponds

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Contact Info for yoga

The Body Voice Centre, 50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray 3012


Email: info@taraholisticphysiotherapy.org

Physiotherapy Bookings

Vanessa works at Pod Clinic Rooms in West Footscray on Wednesdays  and at her home clinic in West Footscray on Fridays and Saturdays. You can book an appointment with her by clicking on the link below or  by calling 0423912452. Please expect 60 minutes for your first appointment and come suitably dressed. Please check the FAQs for more information about your appointment or email me.

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