What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic based treatment using the hands to correct tissue & joint abnormalities. It is aimed at restoring physical & mental wellbeing and thereby making it easier for the body to use its own recuperative powers to heal itself. The treatment goal is to improve circulation, reduce muscle spasm, improve flexibility, maintain nerve supply & restore muscle/joint harmony.
The maintenance of good biomechanical function, nervous system function and fluid circulation is essential to good health. Problems with the framework of the body can disturb and affect any aspect of our health. The osteopathic practitioner looks for freedom of motion and alignment of the body framework and its relationship to circulation, nervous system, and organ function. A thorough history and examination are carried out and from here a diagnosis of your complaint is made and a treatment plan is established.
What kinds of problems can osteopathy help with?
- Lower back pain, neck pain, & other joint complaints
- Headaches and migraines
- Arthritic conditions
- Sporting injuries such as tendonitis and strains, and stress-related muscle pain
- Pregnancy-care for a great pregnancy and labour preparation
What can I expect when I visit an osteopath?
When you visit an osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken and you will be taken through a physical examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use a developed sense of touch to identify any areas of tension, weakness or altered movement throughout the body.
The initial consultation will involve a detailed case history and neuromusculoskeletal examination followed by treatment. This also allows time for discussion of your condition, home care and any questions you may have. If you have any tests results or imaging that is relevant to your presenting complaint please bring these along to your first appointment. In some cases the osteopath may need to request additional investigations to allow a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be developed for you.
Can I have osteopathy on my private medical insurance or Medicare?
Many private health insurance schemes give benefit for osteopathic treatment. Some companies will reimburse the total fee or pay a percentage of the costs. Contact your insurance company who will explain the actual benefits and methods of claim for your individual policy. Our clinic has HICAPS which allows for claims to be made on the spot.
If you are claiming your treatment on Medicare as part of an Extended Primary Care (EPC) scheme you must have the relevant documentation from your GP prior to your first visit.
If you need to reschedule, please allow 24 hours notice to avoid a cancellation fee. This is important to make the time available to someone else who may need it, as we often have a cancellation list in place. Your consideration for others is warmly appreciated.
Dr Paul Turner