Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that recognises the link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopaths believe in treating the body as a whole, with less focus on individual tissues or spinal adjustment and more emphasis on structural balance, adaptation, soft tissue integrity, blood and nerve supply and lymphatic drainage. It is a multi-system approach, looking especially at the cranial, visceral and respiratory systems as well as the musculo-skeletal.
Using skilled palpation, evaluation and diagnosis osteopaths can identify problem areas in your body and its systems. In treatment we use a wide range of hands-on techniques such as resisted stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation and gentle release techniques for specific joints and connective tissue.
Osteopaths generally spend longer with a patient and see them less frequently. In treating a problem we will also encourage the patient to look at long term preventative health care using posture, exercise, stretching, relaxation and diet so that they can increasingly take responsibility for their own health.
As a general rule, most conditions will require between 2-4 treatments to resolve. The aim of treatment is to give the patient an understanding of how their bodies function and how to avoid the same situation in the future.
On your first visit you will be given a form to fill out with contact information and a brief medical history. The Osteopath will then conduct a physical examination, normally with clothes on, and will take a full case history. You will probably be asked to perform a series of simple movements to assist a diagnosis. The Osteopath will then use hands-on assessment to identify any problem areas and to understand how the body is functioning as a whole. Further diagnostic tests including scans and x-rays may also be necessary in some cases to arrive at a complete diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
No, a referral is not required. A GP referral is only needed if you are claiming the treatment from Medicare under the Enhanced Primary Care Program.
Yes, Most health funds pay benefits for Osteopathy under their ancillary or extras cover. The amount will vary between the funds and between the levels of cover.
At the clinic we provide HICAPS service, which means that any health fund rebate can be claimed on the spot and you only need to pay the gap. Please note that we need to swipe your health fund card, so remember to bring it with you!
Osteopaths are also registered providers for workers compensation and motor accident insurers and for the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Osteopaths are Government registered practitioners who have completed a minimum of five years university training.
In order to satisfy registration requirements Osteopaths must also engage in further ongoing professional training every year.