Osteopathy is a form of drug-free non-invasive manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes the joints, muscles and spine. Its aim is to positively affect the body’s nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.
This therapy is a unique holistic (whole body) approach to health care. Osteopaths do not simply concentrate on treating the problem area, but use manual techniques to balance all the systems of the body, to provide overall good health and wellbeing.
What does Osteopathic Treatment Involve?
Initial treatment takes approximately 40-45 minutes.
The Osteopath treats one patient at a time, and is in the room with the patient for the duration of the treatment session. In this time we take a full case history, and perform any physical, orthopaedic or neurological examinations that may be necessary in order to reach an accurate diagnosis.
Any further treatments are approximately 30 minutes. In this consultation the Osteopath will again treat the patient and assess the improvement of the condition and any further action required
Conditions we treat
Spinal pain accounts for half the workload of the average Osteopath. However, we are very proficient at treating other conditions that affect the body.
Osteopaths can aid in the treatment of:
- Neck/back pain
- Sporting injuries
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow
- Carpal tunnel and wrist pain
- Postural strain, scoliosis
- Sciatica, disc injury
- Arthritic/joint pain
- Hip, knee
- Shoulder pain/injuries
- Pregnancy/ gynaecological pain
- Foot pain, plantar fasciitis
Do I need a referral?
As Osteopaths are primary care practitioners you do not require a referral.
If you are claiming through a 3rd party insurer like TAC, Workcover, DVA or are being treated under an Enhanced Primary Care plan you will need a referral from your doctor. Please inform us at the time you make the appointment if you fall into these categories.
TAC, Workcover, and DVA patients are required to bring with them their letter of referral from the Doctor, Workcover approval letters, contact details of the insurer and employer and all other relevant correspondence.
If you are being treated under an Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC) you will have to pay for the cost of consultation at the time of the appointment. You will be given a receipt that you can then use to claim through Medicare.
All accounts, unless otherwise stated, are payable at the time of consultation.
For your convenience we have HICAPS facilities so that you are able to claim through your private health insurer at the time of the consultation. You will be required to pay the gap.
We accept VISA, Mastercard, all major debit cards and cash. We do not accept cheques.
Who do we treat?
Osteopathy has a diverse approach to restoring health, and is therefore suitable for treating all people and age groups. This includes athletes, dancers, tradesmen, the elderly, children and more…
Osteopaths see private patients and are able to provide services to WorkCover, TAC, Veterans Affairs patients and those eligible for EPC.
Osteopaths work within a broad healthcare framework, incorporating medical practitioners, podiatrists, personal trainers, occupational therapists, acupuncturist and other major allied health professionals.
Each case is assessed individually. There is not a standard maintenance program recommended for each patient.
An Osteopath assesses each case and decides on the frequency of treatment. Someone with degeneration of the spine or an ongoing lumbar disc problem may be instructed to come once every month or two to keep symptoms at bay. A teacher who only has symptoms around marking and report writing time may attend for treatment during that period only once a year. Many children respond extremely well to treatment and attend only when they have symptoms.
What techniques do you use?
At Osteohealth we have a diverse range of highly skilled practitioners.
Osteopaths are required to complete a 5 year University degree with a Masters post graduate component to be eligible for registration in Australia.
Physiotherapists must complete 4 years of approved study to be eligible for registration in Australia.
At Osteohealth there is no set formula for treatment.
Each treatment is specifically designed for your needs.
Our Osteopaths and Physiotherapists are all fully Registered, and are qualified to use the following techniques:
- Soft tissue therapy
- Joint Mobilisation and Manipulation
- Myofascial Trigger Point Dry Needling
- Functional Release therapy
- Exercise prescription
- Postural advice
- Ergonomic advice