Kingscliff Osteopathy

Family & Sports Osteopathy

Kingscliff Osteopathy aims to deliver individualised osteopathic treatments and rehabilitation programs to help you manage pain, restore your function and improve your performance to pre-injury levels, so that you can return to your meaningful activities. 

We are the 4th clinic in Australia to be recognised with the title Advanced Exercise Rehabilitative Osteopathy, a title given to osteopaths who have gained a high level of clinical skill and experience within a specific focus area. 

We have an evidence-based and patient-centered approach, providing osteopathic hands-on manual therapy including joint manipulations and mobilisations, soft tissue techniques, MET and, dry needling.

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Osteopathy

Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopaths provide assessments, manual therapy, clinical exercise programs, lifestyle and ergonomic advice.

Osteopaths complete 5 years of regulated university training and must be registered as healthcare professionals with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Osteopathy has a holistic philosophy and focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopaths provide assessments, manual therapy, clinical exercise programs, and lifestyle and ergonomic advice.

Osteopaths can manage a range of conditions including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Vertigo
  • Foot, heel and arch pain
  • Repetitive strain and overuse injuries
  • Pregnancy-related discomfort
  • Pelvic pain
  • Tendon related pain (tendinitis)
  • Sports injuries & rehabilitation

Initial Osteopathy Consultation $110 (45 minutes)

The initial consultation starts with an interview where we will discuss your medical history, your goals, and find what biopsychosocial factors may be stopping you from getting better. A physical assessment including both orthopaedic & osteopathic tests will follow to find the real cause of your injury.After we have found the cause of your musculoskeletal complaint, we will continue with a osteopathic treatment designed for you and your needs. The initial consultation will end with a personalised exercise program (if indicated) and advice regarding ergonomics and lifestyle changes.

Standard Osteopathy Consultation $95 (30 minutes)

In follow up osteopathic treatments, we will discuss how you are progressing, fine tune your treatment goals and progress your exercise rehabilitation. An osteopathic treatment using the hands-on techniques that better suit your body and your preference will be provided along with ergonomic and lifestyle advice.

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Exercise Therapy

Aims to restore functionality and performance to pre-injury capacity, manage issues post surgery, or adjust patients to life with a chronic illness or injury. Each and every exercise program is tailored to each individual and specific condition. 

Osteopaths offering exercise-based rehabilitation develop programs either for individuals with musculoskeletal injuries.

Programs aim to restore patient functionality to pre-injury capacity, manage issues post surgery, or adjust patients to life with a chronic illness or injury. 

Rehabilitation exercises aim to return full function following injury through re-building muscle strength, endurance, power and improving overall flexibility and mobility.

Exercise rehabilitation plays an integral part in recovery from pain or injury and in many cases the success of healing is attributed to undertaking a thorough & progressive rehabilitation plan. Your osteopath will work with you to help you recover and prevent re-injury. Whether your aims are returning to running a marathon, compete in CrossFit, play weekend games or simply being pain free, we are able to tailor your exercise rehabilitation program to you and your needs.

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Movement Assessment

Assessment of your body and how it moves to identify your strengths or imbalances that may impact your ability to perform daily activities, or achieve your fitness goals.

An assessment of your body and how it moves to identify your strengths, weaknesses or imbalances that may impact your ability to perform daily activities, recover from injury or achieve your fitness goals. During the assessment we will:

  • Demonstrate movement patterns that reproduce pain
  • Demonstrate limited Range of Motion (ROM), proprioception, strength imbalances and poor motor control.
  • Identify specific exercises and activities to avoid until you are ready to perform them pain free.
  • Build a specific exercise program to improve your movement patterns and address any issues. For example, for an instability issue (proprioception) we would provide an exercise program with emphasis in balance exercises.

Whether it is recovering from an injury or wanting to improve your sports performance, a functional movement assessment will help diagnose differences in strength, mobility and stability in your body as a unit and individual joints, and will help us build an exercise program to address these issues.

Many would argue that assessment of movement is important before embarking on a physical performance endeavor because the ability to move provides the foundation for the ability to perform physical fitness activities, work and athletic tasks, and basic activities of daily living.

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Dry Needling

Treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine filament needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function.
  • Treatment technique whereby a sterile, single-use, fine needle (acupuncture needle) is inserted into the muscle to assist with decreasing pain and improving function.
  • Dry needling is often used to treat “myofascial trigger points”, which are described as localized hypersensitive spots in a palpable taut band of muscle “also known as knots”.
  • Dry needling works by helping increase range of motion, decrease muscle tone/tightness, and decrease pain in patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
  • Conditions which dry needling may assist with: muscle strains, tendon pain (such as tennis elbow),  low back pain, neck pain, tension-type headaches.
  • Electro-stimulation may enhance the benefits of dry needling. The needles are placed in the affected tissue as in dry needling alone and are connected to a small electro-stimulation unit. It can be used to treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Electro-stimulation is indicated especially for patients that prefer the gentle and rhythmic muscular contractions instead of the more aggressive pistoning technique (needle in and out) used sometimes in dry needling.

About

Nacho

Inaki Ruiz Molina (Nach)
Owner and principal osteopath of
Kingscliff Osteopathy. 

Inaki Ruiz Molina (also know as Nach), is the owner and principal osteopath of Kingscliff Osteopathy. He is also an Associate Lecturer and Clinical Educator at Southern Cross University.

After working in both Kingscliff and The Gold Coast for several years, he decided that it was time to settle in his local area and  created Kingscliff Osteopathy, where he could dedicate all his time to help the Kingscliff and Tweed communities.

Nach started his career in health and injury management over 15 years ago with a Degree and Masters Degree in Exercise & Sports Sciences. He also obtained his Personal Trainer certification with the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM) and his Strength & Conditioning Certification with the Spanish Association of Weightlifting. He became passionate about injury rehabilitation and manual therapy and decided to further increase his knowledge with the Masters of Osteopathic Medicine. 

In 2021, Nach obtained the Advanced Recognition by Osteopathy Australia as the 1st QLD registered Osteopath (4th Australian Osteopath) with the title of Advanced Exercise Rehabilitative Osteopath. This title is given to osteopaths who have gained a high level of clinical skill and experience within a specific focus area and who have met the professional standards required to make an enhanced contribution to managing patient groups or clinical issues related to their advanced scope of practice.

Nach has a keen interest in sporting injury, tendinopathy (tendinitis), shoulder injuries, neck and back pain, and headaches. He believes patient education is the most important aspect for a successful rehabilitation program.

When he is not in the clinic, he is busy with his family and enjoys camping, surfing, weightlifting and climbing.

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FAQ's

As with any form of manual therapy there are some risk involved. Osteopaths go to University for 5 years where they learn not only osteopathic medicine, they also learn pathophysiology and clinical diagnosis, so they can rule out any serious conditions and refer you to a medical doctor or specialist for further investigation if needed.

  • Workplace injuries
  • Neck or back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Postural issues
  • Sciatica
  • Weight-bearing issues
  • Balancing and walking issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscular sprains and strains
  • Hip, knee or foot pain
  • Shoulder or elbow pain
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Tendon problems
  • Headaches and migraines

No, you can make an appointment directly with your preferred osteopath without a referral.

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition and require complex care, you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a  special referral form (PDF, 201kb) to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.

If you have any reports from your general practitioner or specialist, previous osteopaths, chiropractors or physiotherapists, please bring them in along with any X-rays, scans, diagnostic imaging, test results or reports for your injury or condition.

We need to record your medical history to assist in making a diagnosis and discussing your treatment options. You will also be asked to give your residential address and other relevant contact information.

Under the law, an osteopath needs to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form. We will also discuss consent and any limitations to your consent on each visit, in case your circumstances and health information change within treatment sessions. 

Yes, we ask patients to arrive at least 10 minutes before the session as you may have to fill in paperwork, or have to change clothes to a more suitable outfit for the session.

It’s important that you feel comfortable, so wear a loose shirt or T/shirt, and loose pants or shorts. You may choose to change in the clinic if you are coming straight from work or other commitments.

Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear.  We suggest you wear modest underwear, so you are comfortable.

If you are asked to remove outer clothes, we will offer a gown or cover you with a towel during the treatment.

You can always keep you clothes on if you prefer. Your osteopath can adapt and modify the treatment techniques to your needs.

Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment. If a baby or child is being treated, the parent or guardian will be required to stay in the room during treatment. Teenagers may be requested to have a parent or guardian present in a consultation. Discuss this with the clinic and your osteopath before your appointment.

Your osteopath will try to meet your preferences during the treatment session. Some people are ok with some pain and some prefer no pain at all.

If your injuries do require treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately some conditions are painful and may be tender during movement, stretching or treatment.

There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.

You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

Your initial consultation may last around 35 – 45 minutes. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, to examine you and depending upon your condition, to treat you. Follow-up treatments are usually shorter, approximately 30 minutes.

This depends on your condition. Long term or chronic conditions may require more clinical management than acute or short term conditions. Your osteopath will discuss this with you, based on your individual needs.
In general, you may feel some change within 2-3 treatments.

The cost of the initial appointment is $110 ($100 for children and concession card holders) Follow up cost $95 ($90 for children and concession card holders).

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