Osteopathy FAQs

 What should I expect on my first consultation?

Your Melbourne Osteopathy will ask you questions about your presenting condition(s) and relevant medical history.

Should it be required, Osteopaths are trained to perform basic medical examinations, such as neurological and orthopedic testing.

A typical treatment will then continue with soft tissue (or massage) work to the targeted muscular areas, followed by gentle mobilisation techniques.

Post-treatment advice on posture, exercise and stretching will also be given. You are able to ask as many questions as you like during the consultation.

Alternatively feel free to contact us and speak with an Osteopath directly.


Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?

Osteopaths are primary health care professionals. This means you do not need a referral from your Doctor.

The Osteopath will be able to consult with your Doctor in order to provide the best possible care for you.


Can I use my Medicare card or health insurance?

You are able claim the majority of your treatment costs with your Medicare card, provided you are on the Enhanced Primary Care (E.P.C.) Plan. Discuss your eligibility with your Osteopath and GP.

You are able to claim a portion of your treatment costs with your private health insurance. This can be done with our HICAPS facilities at reception.


What is the Enhanced Primary Care (E.P.C) Plan?

The EPC Plan provides patients with five government-subsidised Allied Health consultations per year. Currently the subsidy is $50 per treatment.

If you have been suffering from chronic (long-term) pain, ask your GP if you are eligible for this rebate.


 Are there side-effects to Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a safe hands-on treatment modality. As a result of gentle mobilisation and stretching joints and muscles, some patients may experience slight discomfort following their treatment. This subsides quickly.


 Will I need many treatments?

The third principle of Osteopathy is that the body heals itself. Therefore your body will do most of the work. We just help it along.

Two to three visits may be necessary to begin with. Once the desired outcome is reached, return maintenance (‘tune –ups’) visits are encouraged.

Quarterly visits are often sustainable. But how you’re feeling will guide this.


 Difference between Osteopathy and Chiropractic?

With many allied health services on offer, it can be difficult to choose what the right mode of care is for you. From the surface there may appear to be little difference between these disciplines.

However differences do lie in their principles, mode of treatment and number of visits requires.


 When seeing an Osteopath:

  • You will not be encouraged into a plan of multiple visits.
  • We will treat one patient at a time
  • We will not manipulate your joints with excessive force or repetition
  • There are many different manual techniques available to an Osteopath
  • We will treat the symptomatic area and the cause of it
  • You will be offered more than just heat, ice and ultrasound.

Osteopathy offers a holistic approach to your health care.

For example, if you have pain in your wrist, an Osteopath will assess not only the wrist but your elbow, neck and overall posture.

The same principle can be applied to any joint of the body.