Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?

Generally no. 

A referral is only required if your GP is sending you on an EPC (Enhanced Primary Care)/ Chronic disease management(CDM) plan, Veterans Affairs scheme or Workcover.

Is Osteopathy officially recognised?

Yes, we comply with the standards set out by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  Osteopathy is considered “Allied Health” under the Government health system.

Can you claim on Private Health Insurance?

If you have extras, Osteopathy is generally part of that scheme.  The payment varies with each health fund and level of plan.  We offer HICAPS, so you may have on-the-spot payment of your claim, leaving you only the gap to pay.

Can we refer for x-rays?

We can send you spinal X-rays directly if we feel it is indicated.  You will be bulk-billed for these.  If scans or other investigations are indicated, we will send you to your GP for a referral.

Why do I need to see an osteopath?

Seeing an osteopath can be beneficial for various reasons, particularly if seeking a holistic approach to health and well-being.

Osteopaths are trained to view the body as an interconnected system, understanding that the musculoskeletal structure plays a vital role in overall health.

Whether you’re experiencing chronic pain, recovering from an injury, or looking to enhance your general wellness, an osteopath can assess and address imbalances in the body through manual techniques such as manipulation, massage, and stretching.

By promoting optimal musculoskeletal function, osteopathy aims to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Whether for specific concerns or preventive care, consulting with an osteopath can be a proactive step towards achieving and maintaining overall health and balance.

What can an osteopath help treat?

Osteopaths are trained to address a variety of musculoskeletal and related health issues. While their scope of practice is broad and individual outcomes may vary, osteopaths commonly assist in treating:

  1. Musculoskeletal Pain: Osteopaths can help alleviate pain related to muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.

  2. Back and Neck Pain: Osteopathy is often sought to manage back and neck pain, including sciatica.

  3. Headaches and Migraines: Osteopathic techniques may relieve tension headaches and certain migraines.

  4. Joint Pain and Arthritis: Osteopaths can offer support for various joint-related issues, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  5. Postural Issues: Osteopathy addresses imbalances in the musculoskeletal system, helping to improve posture and prevent related discomfort.

  6. Sports Injuries: Osteopaths may assist in rehabilitating and preventing sports-related injuries, promoting optimal recovery.

  7. Pregnancy-related Issues: Osteopathic care can be beneficial for addressing musculoskeletal discomfort during pregnancy and preparing the body for childbirth.

  8. Digestive Issues: Some patients seek osteopathic care for specific digestive problems, as the treatment may influence the function of related structures.

  9. Respiratory Conditions: Osteopathy may support specific respiratory issues by addressing musculoskeletal components related to breathing.

  10. Stress and Tension: Osteopathic techniques, including soft tissue manipulation, can help reduce stress and tension in the body.

It’s important to note that while osteopathy can be effective for many conditions, individuals should always consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate course of action for their specific health needs.

What is the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor?

The distinction between osteopathy and chiropractic care lies in their unique philosophies and approaches to healthcare.

Osteopaths view the body as a holistic entity, emphasizing the interconnectedness of structure and function. They employ various manual techniques, such as manipulation and soft tissue work, to restore balance and promote the body’s self-healing abilities.

In contrast, chiropractors focus primarily on the spine and nervous system, believing misalignments can impact overall health. Chiropractic adjustments aim to correct these misalignments to enhance the body’s natural healing processes.

While both disciplines are committed to manual therapies, their scope, philosophy, and techniques may differ, catering to diverse health needs and preferences.

What is the difference between an osteopath and a physiotherapist?

The difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy lies in their fundamental approaches to healthcare.

Osteopaths view the body as an integrated whole, emphasizing the interrelation of structure and function. They employ manual techniques, such as manipulation and soft tissue work, to address musculoskeletal issues and promote overall well-being.

Physiotherapists, on the other hand, focus on rehabilitation through targeted exercises, stretches, and physical modalities to improve mobility, strength, and function.

While both professions are interested in musculoskeletal health, osteopaths emphasize holistic balance, and physiotherapists focus on targeted exercises and physical interventions to restore function. Choosing between the two often depends on individual health goals and preferences for holistic or targeted rehabilitative approaches.

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