Anna loves what Osteopathy offers her patients and how it attracks people of all ages and backgrounds.
Anna studied Osteopathy in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and England and graduated in 2009 from the International Academy of Osteopathy with a D.O. and in 2011 from the London Metropolitan University with a Bachelor of Science (honours) in Osteopathy. Anna has also undertaken further study and training and continues to do so.
Taking a holistic approach, Anna treats patients of all ages including office workers, athletes, pregnant women, children, babies, seniors and surfers. Through her passion for manual medicine Anna is able to understand and recognise the link between the structure of the body and the way everything functions as a holistic unit. With a vast experience in treating a wide range of health issues, Anna treats musculoskeletal ailments, from sports injuries to postural problems.
During her career, Anna has also treated many babies and children, and has a very keen interest in pediatric osteopathy and osteopathy during pregnancy. She is a mother herself and has a deep understanding of the demand of a developing family.
She often treats headaches, neck pain and shoulder pain, as well as TMJ (jaw) pain, lower back and SIJ problems.
Other areas of particular interest to Anna are stress related/psychosomatic conditions, exercise and preventative medicine.
Through her wide professional knowledge and work experience Anna is trained to identify important types of dysfunction in your body, by taking a thorough health history, observing and testing parts of your body. If Osteopathy is indicated for your individual problem, she will discuss a treatment goal/-plan and/or refer you to other health care professionals if necessary.
She employs a wide variety of techniques in her treatment, including manual techniques; soft tissue manipulation, stretching muscle groups, spinal and joint adjustments, and gently freeing restrictions to healthy functioning. Visceral and craniosacral techniques play an important role in her treatment. As part of her treatments, Anna advises on contributing lifestyle factors such as activity and diet. In some cases she assists with individual specific exercise programs and functional taping.
As a European qualified Physiotherapist, Anna has also worked for 8 years as a Physiotherapist and Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist in a Hospital in Zürich, Switzerland, treating surgical, orthopaedic, intensive care and ambulant rehab patients. After finishing her studies in Osteopathy with the International Academy of Osteopathy in Gent (Belgium) and the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London (UK) she became self-employed as an Osteopath and worked for 3 years in the Center of Osteopathy Zürich, Switzerland with great success.
In 2012 she came to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Sport and Fitness and a Certificate in Massage in Sydney while undergoing the australian assessment for overseas trained osteopaths. 2013 she obtained her Australian Osteopathic Registration and has been working ever since as an Osteopath in the Wollongong area.
In her freetime she enjoys spending time with her family and loves exploring the beautiful Illawarra.
Qualifications approved in Australia:
• BSc in Osteopathy (London, UK), Diploma in Osteopathy (Belgium & Switzerland),
• Diploma in Fitness (Australia),
• Certificate in Massage (Australia).
European approved Qualifications:
• Qualified Physiotherapist (Germany & Switzerland),
• Certificate in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Dr Vodder (Germany).
Anna offers osteopathic treatment to adults of all age groups,
as well as to babies and children.
When might I see an osteopath?
People attend an osteopath when they experience short term (acute) problems or long term (chronic) problems , like the examples below:
Neck or back pain
Weight bearing problems
Problems with balancing and walking
Muscular sprains and strains or tendon issues
Headaches and migraines
Advice on Ergonomic Workplace assessment and manual handling
Functional Taping (Rocktape)
Common questions you might have in regards to your osteopathic treatment:
Initial Osteopathic Appointments are 45 minutes / for 90 Dollars.
Standard Osteopathic Appointments are 30 minutes / for 90 Dollars.
Children (80 Dollars) / Student and Concession prices (70 Dollars).
What do you have to bring?
Don't forget to bring your private health insurance card for on the spot HICAPS claiming
for Osteopathy & your Medicare card for EPC referrals from your medical doctor.
It will also be beneficial to bring along all of your pain related diagnostic reports and images.
How many visits will I need?
This is very individual . On average most patients receive around 3-6 treatments to deal with acute pain, depending on the injury. Usually constant ongoing treatment is not supported by Osteopaths. However, if you are suffering from a mechanical pain or reoccurring postural related pain or headaches, you may be advised a frequency of maintenance care every 4-6 weeks or every 3 months, depending on your age and your job/hobby/lifestyle.
What to expect at your treatment?
Osteopathy is not dangerous. We have a very gentle osteopathic approach in our practice and we do not intend to hurt or injure patients.
For an optimal treatment effect we need to know about your health history, past and present. Therefore you will be asked detailed questions about your complaint, medical history, general health and any medication you may be taking.
You may be asked to undress a little bit to observe and test the pain related area. Children will need a chaperone.
Do not hesitate to ask the Osteopath to explain any discomfort and voice any queries you may have throughout your appointment.
It is understood that the Osteopath sees the area that is causing problems and any other areas, which may be related to your condition. Therefore you may be asked to perform simple movements to help the Osteopath understand and assess your condition and further examinations will be conducted while you lie on the examination table. The Osteopath may also take your blood pressure and test reflexes, joint mobility and muscle strength.
The Osteopath will make a diagnosis, which will be discussed with you and in most cases some treatment will be given, but if the Osteopath does not feel you will benefit from osteopathic treatment, it will be explained why.
After treatment, advice will be given to support the treatment. You may feel uncomfortable for the first 24 hours or so after treatment. Please feel free to contact the Osteopath if you need to.
If you have any concerns or complaints about the care or procedures provided, please advise us, as we would like your feedback.
It may take several sessions before your condition is relieved. If we can not help, you will be referred to other health practitioners.
Dr Anna Steinhaus
Osteopath BSc (hons) D.O.
Anna works in a team with 2 other Osteopaths and refers to Medical General Practitioners and Specialists, Psychologists, Nutritionists, Dieticans, Exercise Physiologists, Accupuncturists, Podiatrists, Naturopaths and Massage therapists if necessary.
ALIGN HEALTH THERAPIES,
Shop 3/1 Russell Street,
Woonona NSW 2517
Phone 02 4285 4817
No Wheelchair access!
Parking on premise!