What happens in an Osteo consult?
Your initial appointment requires information gathering, some of which will happen in advance via our online forms. When you arrive for your appointment your osteopath will welcome you into the treatment room and ask you some more questions about why you have come and any follow up health history questions.
We will then ask you to do some movements or actions as we watch and assess how your body is moving followed by some testing. This may be checking your reflexes or muscle strength depending on the problem.
Once we have completed the examination we will talk to you about what we have found and a likely diagnosis for your complaint. We will also discuss a plan for treatment and ask for your consent to carry out the proposed treatment.
If you are happy for your osteopath to proceed then they will ask you to sit or lie on the table so that they can use their hands (and sometimes cups or needles!) to work on your body to help it feel better!
After your treatment your osteo will recheck how you are moving and feeling before suggesting some follow up exercises or stretches or ergonomic advice that will help you continue to feel better.
How long does a treatment take?
For a first appointment allow an hour. It doesn’t always take this long but we have this time put aside to make sure we can really understand your problem if it’s complicated and get through your previous medical history accurately.
How much does an Osteo consult cost?
Initial osteopathic consult (up to 1 hr) AU $120.00
We perform a thorough case history and examination to determine what your diagnosis may be. We then discuss your diagnosis and treatment options with you before hands-on treatment begins.
Standard osteopathic consult (30 min) AU $95.00
Patients returning after an initial consultation will be reassessed and treatment will be adjusted accordingly.
What is the difference between Osteo, Physio and Chiro?
There is a lot of crossover in the services that these Allied Health professionals provide. Essentially we are all manual therapists with the aim to improve your pain and mobility!
There is also quite a difference from practitioner to practitioner within a single profession also.
Very simply, Osteopathy is known for taking a holistic approach to health care. Osteopaths are looking for the cause of your pain and discomfort and are using hands on techniques to address any problems that they find. Osteopaths treat the local structures causing pain - including the muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments while trying to reduce compression allowing the nerves and vessels to have a free pathway to pass messages and bring oxygen to the affected area. It is about the body working as a whole unit and how the structure of the body impacts its function.
Chiropractors treat the body by addressing the alignment of the spine. They often use spinal manipulation with the aim of producing a stimulus to the adjacent nerve. Some chiropractors will use blocks or an activator gun to perform an adjustment.
Physiotherapists provide some hands on treatment while also utilising modalities such as ultrasound. They will often do a strength and movement assessment and provide home exercises for you to follow.
Does an Osteo treatment hurt?
Osteopathic treatment varies so much in pressure between technique and practitioner. We always aim to make the treatment fit the individual. This means that we will work in a comfortable place for you. For some people having a firmer, more direct pressure is what they would prefer whereas other people can’t relax and get the desired result if a technique is too firm.
So on occasion, treatment can feel sore in a good relieving way but we will always check in that we are staying within a comfortable pain level. Some other techniques are not painful at all and we can use these to suit an individual with a lower tolerance as required.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
You do not require a referral from a GP to attend an osteopath. You can claim as normal through your private health insurance if you have it.
There is a special Medicare funded program for chronic pain and complex cases that does require a referral from a GP.
Do I need to undress and what should I wear?
Not always. It is sometimes easier and more efficient to treat a sore area when clothes are removed but it is not essential. We are always happy to work however you feel most comfortable and can work through clothes if required. It’s a good idea to wear stretchy comfortable clothing.
Is Osteo covered by Private Health Insurance or Medicare?
Yes it is. You will need to check with your insurer whether your specific policy covers you for osteopathic treatment. Most insurers have many standard policies which cover Osteopathy.
You can claim part of your osteopathic treatment through Medicare if you have an eligible referral from your GP. This is called a Chronic Disease Management plan and entitles you to a rebate on 5 visits per calendar year.
In both cases we can claim these for you on the spot.
Why do you want to know my medical history when only my knee/back is sore?
We believe in a holistic approach to treatment. If you have pain in your back it may be that the problem is originating from an imbalance in a different part of your body. Perhaps you have strain in your pelvis that causes the spinal muscles to work harder or you have a chronic ankle sprain affecting the way you support yourself from the ground up.
Your osteopath wants to know all of this information so we can work to fix your pain at its cause rather than a band-aid solution to just make it feel better temporarily.
Likewise the way your body functions on the inside can impact the musculoskeletal system and vice versa. If you have asthma and there is significant strain on the nerves from your lungs to the spine then your osteopath will find tension in your spine and rib cage that they will want to address also.
A complete medical history opens up the possibility of approaching your musculoskeletal care in a way that can benefit your whole body.
How many times do I need to come?
Your osteopath will create a treatment plan specific to you and your condition during your initial consultation. Based on your individual needs we can make a mutual agreement on our options.
Generally speaking, you may experience beneficial results within 2-3 sessions. Even from your first appointment you will get a very good idea about whether Osteopathy will help your condition.
Can you treat kids and babies?
Yes we can! Osteopathy is a suitable treatment for newborn babies, toddlers, primary and secondary kids. We adjust our pressure and choice of technique to work on delicate tissues and joints. We see complaints such as fussiness, feeding issues through to strains, sprains and developmental issues such as scoliosis. We are always working hard to make sure your kids feel safe and comfortable with us and that they get input into their treatment too.
Can you treat pregnant women?
We commonly treat and manage women’s bodies to keep them comfortable during their pregnancies. Pelvic girdle dysfunction or pelvic instability is a common complaint during pregnancy as is headaches and neck strain. Osteopathic treatment can be beneficial in helping the muscles, ligaments and joints adjust as they stretch and compensate for the changing pressures during pregnancy. Our Osteopaths can also use braces and taping to provide additional support if required.
Can osteos refer for x-rays or scans?
Osteopaths can refer for x-rays if required. These can in most cases be bulk billed via Medicare. If you require a CT, MRI or ultrasound you will need a referral from your GP or specialist in order to access a bulk billed scan.
What should I wear?
Loose comfy clothing is the best option for treatment however it is not crucial! If you are coming from or going to another appointment we can work with, around or through whatever you might be wearing!
What should I bring?
Yourself, your private health insurance or Medicare card and any scans or reports relating to your condition.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Absolutely! If you feel more comfortable having someone with you then that is fine.