Osteopaths treat musculoskeletal conditions. We are trained to recognise the important link between the structures of the body and the way it works.
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All your questions answered
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendon and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
Osteopathy was first founded in the United States of America by a former physician named Andrew Taylor Still in 1874.
Osteopathy has been practiced in Australia for over 100 years now, and there are over 1900 osteopaths who are members of Osteopathy Australia (OA).
Is Osteopathic treatment suitable for my condition?
Osteopaths are proficiently educated with the skills necessary to identify whether treatment is suitable for you or whether referral to another health professional is required.
How qualified is an Osteopath?
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered practitioners (with AHPRA Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) who complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
In order to satisfy annual registration requirements, osteopaths must also accrue Continued Professional Development (CPD) points, which often entails attendance at seminars, peer discussion groups and maintaining a Level 2 First Aid and CPR certificate.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
Many patients are referred to osteopaths by their doctors, other health practitioners or personal trainers. However, as osteopaths are primary care practitioners, you can make an appointment directly without a referral.
What should I expect on my first visit?
When initially arriving at the clinic you will be asked to complete a simple personal information form including some questions regarding your medical history. In the consultation that follows, a full case history will be taken by your osteopath. They will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. Next, your osteopath will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition.
The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms and legs. As part of the examination, you may be asked to bend over or stand in your underwear. (Please note we do offer gowns to wear, and towels are used appropriately to ensure modesty and comfort. Of course, it's important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into).
Your osteopath will then explain to you your provisional diagnosis in easy to understand terms, provide treatment specific to the complaint, and give you further education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments.
How long will my treatment take?
Your initial treatment may take between 30-45 minutes, and follow up visits 30 minutes. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some chronic or long term conditions may require a longer course or more frequent treatment. If you have any concerns, your osteopath will be happy to discuss these with you.
What's the difference between an Osteo, Physio and Chiro?
A very common question, and one best answered with the following points.
- Osteopaths study for 5 years, chiropractors for 5 years and physiotherapists for 4 years. Currently, Australian osteopaths complete a three year Bachelor of Science and a two year Masters in Health Science.
- We are all recognised under AHPRA (Allied Health Practitioners Regulation Agency) as separate Allied Health Professions.
- Osteopaths work primarily in private practice, as do chiropractors, however, physiotherapists may work in both private practice and the hospital setting.
- In regard to assessment and treatment, osteopaths work predominantly with their hands, using finely acquired skill to palpate tissues in the body that feel dysfunctional (ie strained, congested and/or inflamed). There is less emphasis on equipment such as ultrasound and interferential, or tables that may drop to assist in certain techniques.
- Osteopaths are trained to perform manipulative techniques on the joints of the body, where joint pressure is released and range of motion improved. This form if technique is non-compulsory, however, and relevant safety tests and consent is attained before applying these techniques.
- An osteopath will typically conduct a consultation that takes approximately 30 minutes, with that entire time being devoted to you and your condition. Hence, you won't be in and out the door in five minutes, and the practitioner won't leave you unattended for any length of time.
- Our clinic operates to an appointment schedule, and we make every effort to ensure your appointment time is met punctually.
Private Health Insurance and payment options?
Osteopathy is covered under most private health insurance funds under their extras or ancillary services cover. We recommend contacting your private health insurer directly to ascertain the specific terms and conditions of your policy.
Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic hosts a HICAPS terminal where, if eligible, your private health insurance card can be swiped and automatically rebated, leaving a gap amount to be paid.
We accept cash, EFTPOS, VISA and MASTERCARD.
Osteopathic Treatment Fees
Initial Consultation (up to 45 minutes)
$101.00 - Initial Consultation
$87.00 - Initial Consultation (Senior / Concession)
$87.00 - Initial Consultation (Under 12 years old)
$101.00 - Initial Consultation PAEDS (Under 2 years old)
Return Consultation (30 minutes)
$83.00 - Return Consultation
$78.00 - Return Consultation (Senior / Concession)
$78.00 - Return Consultation (Under 12 years old)
$83.00 - Return Consultation PAEDS (Under 2 years old)
$80.00 - 60 minutes
$75.00 - 60 minutes (Seniors / Concession)
$55.00 - 30 minutes
$50.00 - 30 minutes (Seniors / Concession)
Parkdale Osteopathic Clinic welcomes Department of Veterans Affairs (osteopathic treatments only), WorkSafe and TAC patients.
Payment can be made via HICAPS, EFTPOS or cash.
*Please Note: WorkSafe and TAC patients will be required to provide evidence that liability has been accepted by either their employer, insurer or TAC before treatment commences.