Frequently Asked Questions
What conditions do Osteopath's treat?
Osteopaths treat more than 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. So although we have many patients presenting with a specific condition or problem our osteopaths will always look at your whole body to get to the root cause of your condition.
How many treatments will I need?
Each patient is unique and therefore will respond to treatment in their own way. At your first appointment your practitioner will discuss your treatment plan with you and provide you with an estimate of how many treatments you are likely to need. 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 practitioner 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, Osteopathy is suitable for any age and our Bowen Therapist also treats older children. We regularly see children for a range of different complaints – have a look at our babies and children page more information on how we may be able to help your child. Please see our practitioner page to find out which of our osteopaths have have completed further training in paediatric osteopathy and cranial osteopathy.
How old does my baby need to be for treatment?
Your child can see an osteopath at any age. In fact, many of our patients are only days old!. Many parents will bring their baby in after a difficult birth such as very long or short labours, emergency cesarean, breech or posterior positioning or the use of forceps or suction. Our osteopaths use cranial osteopathy on babies and children which is very gentle and only uses light pressure on your baby’s body.
Do you treat pregnant women?
Yes. Our practitioners can help with many different musculoskeletal complaints throughout all trimesters of Pregnancy.
We also see many postpartum women who are experiencing pain or discomfort associated with the birth, breastfeeding or lifting their newborn and women who want to get their body in the best shape it can be prior to having a baby.
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 practitioners 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 different techniques but for all Osteopaths the philosophy behind their approach to treatment will determine what techniques they use which is why no two osteopathic practitioners are exactly alike in their treatment approaches.
Biodynamic Cranial Osteopathy is a treatment model that uses very gentle pressure to restore balance and health to the whole body. Light pressure is applied to areas of the body to help release strain and tension in the tissues without the use of heavier techniques such as joint manipulation and massage.
Some of our osteopaths use the Biodynamic model as their primary approach to treatment whilst others prefer to use other approaches such as 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 are registered practitioners who complete 5 years of University training and are governed by the Osteopathy Board of Australia. Osteopaths are primary health care providers and as part of the board’s registration requirement, osteopaths are required to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) on an 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 for both Osteopathic and Remedial Massage services. 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.
Do I need a referral to come and see you?
No referrals are necessary – you can make an appointment directly with our clinic on 5200 1044 or book online.