If you are considering osteopathy or have any questions relating to osteopathic treatments and how they can work for you, please see our frequently asked questions below.
Osteopaths focus on providing hands-on therapy to treat the cause of pain rather than just the symptoms. Osteopathy is beneficial as it takes the whole body into consideration to find long-term solutions for musculoskeletal issues. As such, osteopaths will spend more time with clients to comprehensively understand the patient’s history and provide valuable assessments.
Osteopathy can help encourage your body to perform at its best, free from the aches and pains of everyday life. If you suffer from pain and decreased mobility, osteopathy may be the solution.
Osteopathic treatments have been said to yield high satisfaction results for back, neck and musculoskeletal pain.
You will not need a referral from your GP. A referral is needed for suffers of chronic pain who are eligible for the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) program where Medicare agrees to pay a portion of the treatment cost. You will also need a referral from your GP if you wish to make a Work Cover, motor accidents insurance or DVA claim.
Your initial consultation will begin with a comprehensive medical history examination and physical assessment of your body. This is followed by hands-on treatment, advice and exercises that will assist in the management of your injury.
It is recommended that you wear comfortable, casual clothing as you may be asked to undress to your underwear. This will be dependent on the area being treated. In the event that this occurs, a gown will be made available.
If you have any relevant X-rays or other scans and medical reports, it would be beneficial to bring these along to your consultation.
Generally, osteopathy is not painful. However, some level of pain may be associated with certain aspects of treatment. If any procedure makes you feel uncomfortable, please let Debra know and treatment will be modified accordingly.
It is normal to be a little sore for a short time after the treatment due to the stimulation of your muscles and joints. This will subside within 24-48 hours.
Payment for your consultation will usually occur at the end of the consultation.
If you need to reschedule or cancel your consultation, it is recommended that you call and give 24 hours’ notice. Failure to do so may result in a cancellation fee being charged.
Is osteopathic treatment covered by private health insurance, Work Cover or Motor Accident Authority?
Most private health insurance providers cover osteopathy. It is possible for you to claim your health insurance on-the-spot with HICAPS. You do not need a referral to claim. Please check with your health fund for further details.
For Work Cover and other insurance claims, you will need a referral from your GP to claim your osteopathic treatment.