Have questions about Osteopathy?
We receive many of questions about Osteo and Osteopathy services. Below you can find the most common and frequently asked questions. Of course if you cannot find what you’re looking for, simply reach out to us. We are more than happy to help.
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.
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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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 especially if this has been a long standing complaint.
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.
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.
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.
Osteopathy views the body in a holistic way, identifying and treating the source of an issue, not just its symptoms. We look at the whole body being related and treat not just your pain point but also above and below the region.
For example: if you have knee pain we would look at the biomechanics of your foot and ankle as well as your hip, pelvis and lower back to understand the true origin of your problem and its maintaining factors. Treatment options would include massage, gentle joint work, dry needling, stretching and so much more.
Osteopathic treatment is covered under the ancillary or extras cover of major health insurers. 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 at the time of your appointment.
Yes. If you have a referral from your GP for Team Care Arrangements (TCAs) you are able to claim back $54.60 from up to 5 osteopathic consultations per year.
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. You must attend your osteopathy appointment with a copy of your TCAs from your GP, your medicare card and a cheque or savings account linked to your EFTPOS card in order to claim the benefit payment. The full fee for treatment is payable at the time of treatment, and the Medicare rebate is refunded back onto your card at the time of payment.
For more information about the Treatment Care Plan program talk to your osteopath and your GP or visit the Medicare Australia website www.medicare.gov.au, or call Medicare Australia on: 132 011.
Yes. At Sequence Osteopathy we welcome and treat patients from third-party insurers such as WorkCover, Traffic Accident Commission (TAC) or Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). You will need to pay the full fee at the time of treatment for Workcover and TAC, and claim back the rebate direct from your third party payer. There may be an out of pocket component for these types of claims.
TAC and WorkCover patients are required to provide the claim number for their case and the contact name of the insurer. Patients who are covered by DVA must first obtain a referral from their GP made out to the Osteopath they are being treated by. DVA claims are sent to DVA directly by us. There will not be an out of pocket payment.
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.
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.