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FAQ

FAQ 2018-01-18T02:46:45+00:00
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic manual therapy that aims to treat the cause of musculo-skeletal conditions rather than simply treating the symptoms. This philosophy is unique in it’s aim to enhance the body’s ability to self-heal by treating the joints, muscles, lymphatic and nervous systems with a variety of ‘hands on’ techniques.
Osteopathy seeks to educate the patient and work in conjunction with other health practitioners (eg. GPs, naturopaths, massage therapists, personal trainers) about stretch and strength exercises, posture, diet and aims for long term healing rather than dependence on treatment.
What occurs in an osteopathic treatment?
Your practitioner will perform a thorough postural assessment to diagnose the problem and use a variety of techniques depending on each individual. For instance a variety of the following techniques may be used:

Soft tissue manipulation (massage): involves releasing tension in shortened muscles.
Joint manipulation: involves a small amount of movement applied to a joint with minimum force and maximum accuracy. This technique aims to decrease pain and improve the quality of stiff and tender joints.
Muscle contraction and stretching: to improve lengthening shortened muscles.
Joint mobilisation and articulation: involves rhythmic movement
Cranial osteopathy: this gentle therapy aims to balance and strengthen the flow of the cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) being the fluid which surrounds and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. It is safe on children and throughout pregnancy.
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How many treatments will I need?
Osteopathic treatment is tailored to suit each unique individual. You should begin to see positive results within 2-4 treatments for common symptoms. It must be emphasised that some patients may require more or less treatment before their symptoms improve.
How effective is osteopathic treatment?
Government and medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
What do I need to bring?
Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. Therefore you may like to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts if you would be more comfortable.
What is the difference between Physio, Osteo and Chiro?
The three modalities are quite similar overall with some key differences in approach that are of course dependent upon the practitioner.

Physiotherapists – “assess, treat and diagnose people with movement problems.” (http://physiotherapy.asn.au) Physios may specialise in different areas of health (e.g. hydrotherapy) and often work in hospitals. They may employ the use of ultrasound and tens machines to aid rehabilitation.

Chiropractors – “aim to improve nervous system function primarily through chiropractic adjustments to the spine.” (http://chiropractors.asn.au) They recommend treatment to be “regular ongoing supportive care”.

Osteopaths – focus on the whole body (holistic) not just the problem area; treatment is varied and includes muscles, joints, nerves and lymphatics. Osteopaths primarily use their hands for treatment and may prescribe exercises to ensure long lasting results are achieved with minimal treatments.

Is osteopathic treatment covered by my private health fund?
Like dental work, osteopathic treatment is covered under the ancillary or extras cover of major health insurers. Rebecca is registered with all the major health care providers. With the HICAPS system you receive an instant rebate and simply pay the gap. So there is no need to hold onto receipts.
Is osteopathic treatment covered by Medicare?
Yes, Medicare covers osteopathic treatment for chronic conditions for some people. A chronic condition is one that is more than 6 months duration. To access Medicare funded osteopathy you will need to speak to your GP about whether you are eligible for up to five discounted treatments each year. If eligible you must obtain a referral from your GP for an Enhanced Primary Health Care (EPC) plan.
For more information about the EPC program talk to your osteopath and your GP, go to the Medicare Australia website www.medicare.gov.au, or call Medicare Australia on: 132 011.
What about my current gym or exercise program?
Your practitioner will conduct a thorough assessment of body movement and structure. He/she will recognise aspects of your exercise program that may be contributing to your condition and with your permission discuss these issues with your personal trainer or pilates instructor etc. You may need to incorporate simple exercises into your routine or even significantly modify your routine until your condition is resolved.
What is Remedial Massage Therapy?
Remedial Massage Therapists are required to undergo a 1 year minimum Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy. The focus is on targeting the problem area and working with a range of soft tissue techniques such as Trigger Point release, myofascial release, deep tissue massage and stretching.
It is satisfying to have the problem area worked on and released.
What is Clinical Pilates?
Clinical Pilates is a specialised form of Pilates that assists in rehabilitation and allows patients to strengthen and heal themselves. Moreover people from all ages and degrees of health and mobility can benefit from Pilates as it is assistive movement. Proven to be effective at improving mobility and reducing pain, pilates can assist with post surgery rehabilitation. Pilates is a brilliant complement to Osteopathic treatment and can treat a number of varied presentations.
Is Osteo treatment covered by my private health fund?
Like dental work, osteopathic treatment is covered under the ancillary or extras cover of major health insurers. All our Osteopaths are registered with all the major health care providers. With the HICAPS system you receive an instant rebate and simply pay the gap. So there is no need to hold onto receipts.