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Osteopathy FAQ

 

Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare that is focused around the structural and functional relationship of the body. It is a holistic approach to diagnosing and treating the body, focusing on the bones, joints, muscles, connective tissue, circulation and nerves to improve your health and well being.

For more information about Osteopathy visit: osteopathy.org.au

Osteopaths most commonly treat back and neck pain. However, Osteopathy may help in the management of:

  • sciatica
  • headaches and migraines
  • period pain
  • sports injuries
  • shin splints
  • postural issues
  • urinary frequency and incontinence
  • sinusitis
  • shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
  • hip, knee and foot pain
  • rib pain
  • post surgical recovery, especially fractures and joint replacement
  • pre and post natal care
  • insomnia and poor sleep
  • congestion
  • jaw pain
  • acute and chronic ankle sprains
  • breathing restrictions including those associated with asthma

Osteopathic consultations are 30-40 minutes. A hands on approach is used to diagnose and treat the whole body using a wide range of techniques from massage to stretching to manipulation. We especially regard the pelvis and the spine as crucial areas that have an effect on the other areas of the body, and they always require attention. Osteopaths will of course attend to the affected area, but will assess and consider the whole body within the treatment. Usually the matter at hand is resolved within 3 to 5 sessions however chronic conditions can take longer.

No. You can make an appointment without a referral.

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. You must obtain a special referral form from your GP to refer you to an Osteopath.

The cost of an appointment is $90 per session and $80 concession (a wide range of discounts are available). Private Health Insurance does cover Osteopathy. The amount received depends on your level of cover. HICAPS is available for a reimbursement on the spot. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. You must obtain a special referral form from your GP to refer you to an Osteopath.

Your osteopath may decide that additional investigations such as X-ray, scans or blood tests are required. Your osteopath may refer you to a GP or specialist.

1. The body is a unit.
2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
3. Structure and function are interdependent.
4. The rationale of treatment is based upon an understanding of the basic principles of body unit, self-regulation and the inter-relationship of structure and function. 

(Profession founder Mr. Andrew Taylor Still, an American physician in the 19th century)

Osteopathy recognises the particular stresses on the body children experience as they grow from newborn babies to teenagers, and has developed an approach to work with children of all ages.

A range of problems may interfere with the normal development of a child. Accidents and falls, or simply the young body’s rapid growth can create or contribute to problems associated with bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Other issues faced by children include postural problems, sporting injuries and inflammatory problems.

We will work with you and your child to develop the best approach forward. A Osteopaths we will take a complete medical history, conduct an examination, and ask you and your child questions. Your osteopath and you can determine which type of osteopathic treatment is suitable, and if referrals to other health practitioners are needed. Your osteopath can also offer advice on sleep, feeding and nutrition, general health, posture and exercise.

Conditions that osteopaths treat in children and teenagers include:

  • back pain and headaches
  • growing pains in muscles, bones and joints
  • postural problems including curvature of the spine
  • period pain
  • walking difficulties or foot pain
  • sporting injuries
  • the physical effects of cerebral palsy

Osteopathic care is gentle without the use of drugs or surgery. It may assist the young body to adapt to growth-related changes which may prevent other health problems. It may help your baby grow into a healthy child and, ultimately, a healthy young adult.

Osteopaths treat babies, children and teenagers for a range of conditions. Early treatment may prevent other problems from occurring!