Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions do you treat?
Osteopath’s treat more then many people realise! We are trained to view the body as a whole and can help with conditions affecting your muscles, bones, joints, connective tissues, nerves, circulatory system and internal organs. For a detailed list of common conditions that our osteopaths can help with see our what we treat page.
How many treatments will I need?
Each patient is unique and therefore will respond to treatment in their own way. In most instances, patients will notice an improvement in their symptoms within 1-2 visits, however some patients will need more or less treatments than others. So whilst two patients may present with the same symptoms, there are a number of factors that can influence the speed of your recovery, including:
- The length of time your symptoms or condition has been present
- Previous injuries or traumas in the area of concern
- Your age
- Your overall health (i.e. whether you have other, more complex conditions that may be compromising your body’s ability to heal)
- The severity of your condition
Once your osteopath has taken into consideration the above information, they will discuss with you their diagnosis of your condition and tailor a treatment plan that is specific to your individual needs.
Do you treat babies and children?
Yes, our treatments are safe, gentle and effective for any age. Our osteopaths have a special interest in paediatric osteopathy and have completed post-graduate studies in this area. We regularly see children with colic, reflux, digestive trouble, flat heads, trauma from accidents or falls, recurrent ear infections, asthma and growing pains just to name a few. Visit our babies and children page more information on how we can help your child.
How old does my baby need to be for treatment?
It is never too late or too early for osteopathy. We recommend bringing your baby in for a post-birth check up as soon as you feel up to it, particularly if your baby has experienced a difficult birth. A difficult birth from a babies perspective involves any birth where their body’s are exposed to excess forces during labour. These may include a very long or very short labour, caesarian delivery, breech (bottom down) or posterior (facing the wrong way) presentation, or the need to use forceps or suction. To learn more about some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate pain or discomfort in your baby head over to our babies and children page.
Do you treat pregnant women?
Yes. We also treat pre-pregnancy and post-pregnancy complaints. More information can be found on our pregnancy care page.
What is the difference between Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Physiotherapy?
This is a really common question. Osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists often treat similar conditions and in some instances may use similar techniques. The differences are in the individual philosophies of each modality and how the principles are applied in treatment. This means that the effect on your treatment overall may vary, even between practioners using similar techniques.
We can’t speak on behalf of chiropractors or physiotherapists as it is not our role to define their philosophical approach to treatment, but we can tell you about osteopathy.
Osteopaths are trained to treat the cause of your problem, not just your symptoms. We view your body as an integrative unit that functions as a whole with its structure and function being directly related and inseparable from one another. We also recognise your body’s inherent ability to heal and base our treatments around these principles. Whist techniques may vary between individual osteopaths, the philosophy behind each treatment remains the same.
What is the difference between Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy and other forms of Osteopathy?
Osteopaths are trained in a variety of techniques at university and will use the same basic principles in their approach to treatment. Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy is a treatment model that uses very gentle pressure to restore balance and health to the whole body.
Faye has a special interest in Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy and uses this as her primary treatment approach for both adults and children. Some of the approaches that other osteopaths use include soft tissue massage, manipulation, stretching and rhythmic mobilisation techniques.
Are Cranial Osteopaths the same as Cranio-Sacral Therapists?
Although treatments may feel similar to the patient, the two modalities stem from different philosophies and educational backgrounds.
Cranial osteopaths complete 5 years of University training and are governed by the Osteopathy Board of Australia. As part of the board’s registration requirement, osteopaths are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) on a annual basis.
What qualifications do osteopaths hold?
In Australia, osteopaths complete a minimum of 5 years university education that covers many hours of training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, osteopathic technique and general medical diagnosis. By law, we are required to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registry Board (AHPRA) and must participate in ongoing professional development and education each year in order to remain as registered practitioner.
Can I claim my osteopathic treatment through private health?
Most patients are able to claim through their private health insurance if they have selected ‘extras’ on their cover. Your rebate will be determined by your level of cover, which may vary even within the same company. Your health fund will be able to give you accurate information in regard to your entitlements on your selected cover.
We have on the spot claiming available from our HICAPS machine, which means that if you bring your private health card to the treatment, you will only be required to pay the gap amount.
Do I need a referral to come and see you?
No, referrals aren’t necessary. You can make an appointment directly with our clinic.