Osteopaths are primary health care professionals which means you do not need a referral from your Doctor. Simply call and make an appointment! We will endeavor to work in conjunction with your GP/healthcare professional in order to provide the best possible care and treatment outcome for you.
Your Osteopath will ask you questions about your presenting condition(s) and relevant medical history. Should it be required, Osteopaths are trained to perform basic medical examinations, such as neurological and orthopedic testing. A typical treatment will then continue with soft tissue (or massage) work to the targeted muscular areas, followed by gentle mobilisation techniques. Post-treatment advice on posture, exercise and stretching will also be given. Advice will also be given on whether to apply ice or heat to an area of the body, as many people mistakenly apply heat to an area where ice is the preferred option. You are able to ask as many questions as you like during the consultation, or even phone us and talk to one of the Osteopaths.
You are able claim the majority of your treatment costs with your Medicare card, provided you are on the Enhanced Primary Care (E.P.C.) Plan. Discuss your eligibility with your Osteopath and GP. If you have “extras” with your health insurance, you will be able to claim a portion of your treatment costs. Using the Hicaps system, we can process that for you at our reception.
The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) primary care items support primary care services including: general attendances, after-hours attendances, health assessments, nurse practitioners, midwives, chronic disease management and mental health care. Some of these services provide particular target groups with preventative health care or improve coordination of multidisciplinary care for people with chronic (or terminal) conditions and complex care needs.
Osteopathy is a safe hands-on treatment modality. As a result of gentle mobilisation and stretching joints and muscles, some patients may experience slight discomfort following their treatment. This subsides quickly.
Usually not many! The aim of Osteopathy is not to pre-book set appointment dates months in advance. The number of treatments required will depend on the nature of the patients’ condition, overall health and fitness, and their willingness to do the prescribed rehabilitation. Although every “body” is unique, as a realistic guideline, most acute cases will generally require 3-5 treatments for the full effects of Osteopathy to be gained. A famous Osteopathic maxim is “find it, fix it and leave it alone!” Once a favourable treatment outcome is reached, the patient is encouraged to maintain their health by exercise and stretching. For longer standing conditions, more regular treatments may be required.
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