What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy for Adults
Osteopaths in Australia complete 5 years of university training. A Senior Osteopath has completed over 10 years of experience in practice in addition to their training.They are registered as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise various conditions in all areas of the body and not just musculo-skeletal injuries listed below (e.g. diseases of the heart, lungs, digestive tract, vascular and nervous system etc.). Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that may require referral to a specialist.
An Osteopath may be able to assist with management of:
- Low Back Pain/Stiffness, Neck Pain/Stiffness
- Headaches and Migraines
- Postural Problems
- Other Joint Complaints (e.g. Shoulder Pain, Frozen Shoulder, Wrist and Hand Pain, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Knee and Hip Pain, Ankle Injuries, Heel/Foot Pain)
- Work-related and Repetitive Strain Injuries (e.g. Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow)
- Sports-related injuries (e.g. Ankle Sprains, Tendonitis and Muscle Strains)
- Jaw pain and dysfunction, clenching and grinding of your teeth
- Post Injury/Surgical Rehabilitation
- Digestive Complaints (e.g. Reflux, Bloating and Constipation)
- Asthma and other breathing difficulties
- Cranial Osteopathy
- Chronic Pain Management (Medicare)
- Third Party Claims: Private Health Care Claims, Work Safe Claims, Veterans Affairs Claims, and TAC Claims
- Medicare Care Plans
- And many more…
Osteopathy for Children and Infants
Osteopaths are registered as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise various conditions in all areas of the body and (not just musculo-skeletal injuries) and may be able to recognise conditions requiring referral to a specialist.
An Osteopath may be able to assist with management of:
- Irritability & difficulty settling, excessive crying
- Tummy or Digestive issues (e.g. colic, excessive vomiting/reflux, wind)
- Feeding complications (e.g. problems with latching/attachment and sucking)
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Head shape changes/asymmetries
- Difficulties in movement (e.g. may only easily move head to 1 side)
- Recurrent infections (e.g. sticky eye, cough wheeze, runny nose, recurrent ear infection)
- Limb or Joint movement problems (e.g. Torticollis)
- For children and teenagers: Trauma, Postural, Breathing/Asthma, Repetitive Strain, Sports Injuries
- Chronic Ear infections
- Growth related injuries (e.g. Osgood Schlatters)
No, an Osteopath is a primary health care practitioner, which means there is no need for a referral. All you need to do is call and make an appointment.
Most Private Health Plans with “extras” cover a portion of the treatment cost. Our clinic also has the HICAPS facility which allows you to claim this portion on-the-spot by scanning your Private Health Insurance card. Osteopathic treatment is not covered by Medicare unless you are under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan organised by your General Practitioner (GP).
There is a Medicare scheme that allows eligible patients with chronic conditions up to five allied health services per year. At the time of your Osteopathic treatment, a standard consultation rate applies. Out of this you will then be able to claim a rebate of approximately $50 back from Medicare. A gap fee is therefore paid for as an out of pocket expense by the patient.
Patients who may be eligible for the EPC, are people who suffer from a chronic (long standing) condition. This may include conditions / symptoms such as arthritis, repetitive strain injuries (eg tennis elbow), neck related headaches, chronic low back pain, muscular pain etc. It is up to your GP’s discretion as to whether you are eligible to participate in the program.
An EPC plan must be prepared by your GP before consulting with your Osteopath. If you are experiencing musculoskeletal or related symptoms ask your GP if you are eligible to go on the EPC Plan. If so, your GP will write you out a referral form including a brief overview of your case. Then all you have to do is give this form to your Osteopath. Your Osteopath will then report back to your GP if necessary.
Yes, Osteopaths are able to treat patients supported by third-party insurers such as WorkCover, the TAC or Department of Veterans Affairs. TAC and WorkCover patients are required to provide details of the claim number for their case and the name of the contact they are giving from the insurer. Patients who are covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs must first obtain a referral from their GP made out to the Osteopath they are booked in to see.
Please bring any x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans or any other test results that you feel are applicable to your presenting complaint. Your Osteopath is also able to refer you for x-rays or further testing should they be required.
When initially arriving at the clinic you will be asked to complete a simple personal information form. In the consultation that follows a full case history will be taken by your Osteopath.During the appointment your Osteopath will perform a comprehensive examination using a standard medical approach and orthopaedic testing to diagnose your condition. Osteopaths utilise hands on techniques as the basis of treatment, including soft tissue techniques, stretching, articulation of joints, joint manipulations, trigger point treatment and myofascial treatment.
Advice will also be provided to assist the ongoing management of your condition. This may include stretching and strengthening exercises, ergonomic advice, and suggestions for better management for your personal, individual lifestyle. At Kingston Spinal Clinic, you will never feel rushed. We ensure ample time is provided to assess and treat all areas which may be contributing to your condition.
Osteopathic treatment is solely based on each patient’s individual needs. In general, acute conditions may require 2-4 treatments. Chronic or long term conditions may require more treatments initially and then maintenance treatment every couple of months. This is determined by your body’s individual response to treatment and ongoing needs. Your Osteopath will give you a clear idea as to your prognosis and any changes to it as your treatment progresses.
This is one of the most common questions we are asked. There are some similarities between the three modalities in both conditions treated and in some of the techniques used. The main differences are found in the philosophies behind each modality and how the principles of treatment are applied. It is not for us to explain the theories behind Physiotherapy or Chiropractic, but the main principles of Osteopathy are that the body is a unit and that the structure and function of the body are interrelated.
This means that dysfunction, or damage, to one area of the body can have drastic effects on other regions of the body. As Osteopaths, we aim not only to treat the symptoms of the problem, but the cause behind them. In doing so, all of our techniques are hands-on and are specific to your condition and your medical history. Incorporating a truly holistic approach we are also trained to assess diet, nutrition, ergonomics and lifestyle factors to attain a true sense of wellbeing.
It is not uncommon for people to be wary of spinal manipulation, despite the evidence of it’s safety. Manipulation is only one of the tools available to our Osteopaths and if you feel uncomfortable with this technique there are other approaches available to us. Prior to commencing any treatment we discuss with you the treatment plan and the choices available. Your comfort and trust is important to us and we would never apply a technique against your wishes.
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Osteopaths in Australia complete 5 years of university training. They are registered as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise various conditions in all areas of the body and not just musculo-skeletal injuries listed below (e.g. diseases of the heart, lungs, digestive tract, vascular and nervous system etc.). Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions that may require referral to a specialist.Read More