Osteopathy is a manual therapy focused approach to healthcare and management of musculoskeletal conditions. The osteopathic philosophy is based on reducing structural restrictions in the body to improve function of joints and tissues. An Osteopath will take a holistic approach to injury management, which may involve improving body mechanics away from the site of pain to improve global function.
Osteopaths combine ‘hands on’ techniques with exercise prescription and lifestyle changes to manage injuries and reduce pain.
Osteopaths are tertiary trained allied health professionals registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. They are required to complete 25 hours of continued professional development every year to continue to be up to date with the latest research and guidelines.
What can an osteopath help with?
Conditions that osteopaths may be able to help their patients to manage include:
- Back pain
- Disc injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Neck pain
- Tension headaches and cervicogenic migraines
- Joint sprains
- Muscle strains
- Postural problems
- Pregnancy related back and hip pain
- Arthritic pain
- Tennis elbow
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Jaw pain / TMJ syndrome
What sort of techniques do osteopaths use?
Treatments are individualised for each patient. Osteopaths take into consideration a variety of factors including the patients age, health and medication intake before deciding on treatment options that will suit the patient.
Treatment techniques may include
- Soft tissue therapy
- Joint articulation / mobilisation
- Muscle stretching
- Dry needling
- Manipulation of joints
What should I expect from an osteopathy appointment?
An osteopathic consultation will generally consist of a thorough case history in which we review the injury and symptoms, as well as lifestyle factors that may be impeding recovery. Following this, a physical examination consisting of tests and movements that stress various musculoskeletal structures will reveal more information about the nature of the injury.
From here, we discuss the diagnosis and explain treatment options as well as injury specific exercise rehabilitation and ergonomic advice.
Osteopaths are also trained to recognise symptoms that may require medical referral or further investigation such as imaging or blood tests.
Will I get any rebate?
Osteopathy is covered by most health funds, though individual rebate amount depends on the individual’s level of extras cover. Osteopaths are registered providers for services with Department of Veteran Affairs, Transport Accident Commission, Workcover and Chronic Disease Management plans.
Do I need a referral?
You do not require a referral from a GP to see an osteopath.
What do I bring to my appointment?
If you have any imaging results (x rays, ultrasounds, MRI’s, CT’s), please bring the reports to your appointment. Bring your private health insurance card to claim a rebate if applicable. Wear comfortable clothing where possible.
Do I need to remove clothing?
Depending on the injury location, we may ask you to remove some clothing to access the area more easily. You will be draped with a towel and offered a gown.
How many appointments will I need?
This will depend on the nature of the injury. Generally acute conditions resolve within a couple of treatments and more chronic conditions may require longer term management.
How long will my appointment take?
Initial appointments require 45-60 minutes to allow time for history taking and a thorough examination. Subsequent consultations are 30 minutes.