Here are some common queries answered for you, however if you would like to speak to one of our friendly staff, please do not hesitate to call us.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. Osteopaths are qualified primary health practitioners, and although we mainly treat the musculoskeletal system, are also trained in neurological, orthopaedic, and physical examination. We are happy to discuss and manage your condition working alongside your GP.
What will happen in my first consulation?
During the initial consultation, your practitioner will take a detailed history of your presenting complaint, as well as any other relevant details in your medical history. We like to have a good overall picture of your general health and well being, so bringing along any X Rays or CT scans can be helpful. We will then proceed to diagnosing and assessing your body, in search for the cause of your symptoms. Once this is completed, provided it is safe to do so, we will follow with treatment. The first consultation usually takes about an hour, and at the end of this we may give you some advice on home stretching/exercises or posture, diet and lifestyle changes. We will recommend when we would like to follow up with you at this stage also.
Can I claim with my private health insurance?
Yes. Most health funds will cover Osteopathy under your extras. Many funds differ with what they offer, and rebate amounts per consultation and per year.
How much treatment will I need for my presenting complaint?
The answer to this question varies depending on many factors that may impact on your problem. These may include your age, fitness and other lifestyle factors as well as the nature of your complaint. Usually a problem that is acute in nature will take approximately 2 to 3 treatments, while chronic or long standing problems may take longer.
Should I wait for a problem to arise before seeking treatment?
The answer is no! Osteopaths work a little like human mechanics. Therefore preventative treatment is always beneficial, taking out dysfunction before any symptoms arise. A 'tune up' for your body ensures you are functioning well, meaning problems are less likely to occur.
I would like to speak to someone before making my appointment...
Mostly we are consulting in our rooms throughout most of the day, however if you would like to speak to us directly, the best time to call is in the morning. Our friendly receptionist staff are available from 9-1pm & 2.30 - 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. They are happy pass on messages for practitioners if you specifically want to discuss your complaint before coming in for a consultation.
Who can be treated?
Osteopathy can treat a wide range of people from very young babies to the elderly. Obviously our treatment approach can also vary quite a lot, depending on what you as the patient needs. Our treatment approach ranges from very gentle articulation, cranio-sacral and soft tissue techniques to the more traditional firmer manipulation style.
Do you treat babies?
Yes. Most of the osteopaths at our clinic treat babies, especially Dr Anna Myers, Osteopath, who has a special interest in this field. The treatment of babies uses very gentle but effective techniques such as cranio-sacral, balance ligamentous tension and myofascial release.
Do you offer cranio-sacral Osteopathy?
Yes. Cranio-sacral Osteopathy is a very gentle and subtle approach to treating the body. As not all of our practitioners treat in this way, ensure you ask for someone while booking your appointment who is experienced in this area. All practitioners who treat with cranio-sacral technique regularly participate in ongoing learning and courses in this field.
Feel free to contact us on (08) 9330 1212 or 0438 100 988
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