What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a physical therapy that involves a strong hands on approach to treating the body. Whilst a lot of osteopaths work differently, some firm, some gentle and some a bit of both, what we are all guided by is the philosophy that structure and function in the body are dependant on each other and the body works as a whole unit with one area always impacting the other. An osteopath will work to enhance the healing capabilities your body already has to restore you to optimal health.
What should I expect in a consultation?
Osteopathic consults are customised to meet the specific needs of each client. In each consultation your hands on treatment will reflect your current presentation based on your history and physical examination. Your osteopath may use a variety of techniques including stretching, soft tissue therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, HVLA (joint manipulation), cranial therapy, visceral (organ) manipulation, dry needling and more, to get the desired physical response in your body.
What is your new patient procedure?
If you are a new client to the clinic please confirm your consult when you receive your reminder, fill in your intake form prior to arrival, take a seat and enjoy a tea in the space and dress comfortably in clothes that you can easily move in and are comfortable in removing some layers. If you have any relevant scans, investigations or referrals please bring these with you.
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No, doctors referrals are not required however they are accepted. You may visit an osteopath as a private client without a referral. We accept claims under private health insurers. We also accept chronic disease management (EPC) care plans from GP referral. Medicare will rebate some of the cost of these treatments.
What types of health insurance do you accept?
We accept private health insurance rebates under osteopathic codes. If your insurance policy includes extras, your private health may cover a portion of your consultation costs. We also accept chronic disease management (EPC) care plans from GP referral. Medicare will rebate some of the cost of these treatments.
What are your consultation costs?
Initial appointments are $120
Standard return appointments are $100
*fees subject to change
What is the qualification of an osteopath?
Within Australia an osteopath will undergo a minimum of 4-5 years tertiary study to gain qualification. Osteopaths must be registered with AHPRA to practice within Australia- this is the same governing body that doctors, physios, nurses and other health professionals are registered with. 25 hours of continued professional development is required each year to uphold registration.
What if I don't need to be treated?
If for some reason you do not require or it is not appropriate to proceed with an osteopathic treatment once your consultation has commenced, your osteopath will not treat you and if needed will refer you to the appropriate provider for further assistance.
Do you treat men?
Yes! Om is a passionately inclusive clinic. We welcome all clients regardless of identity, orientation and pronouns. We are blessed to support you in any journey you are on.
Is there parking?
Parking on Noone Street is mostly unrestricted on throughout the street. Please check signage and be wary that at busy times the traffic near Uncle Drew Cafe can be busy.
How many treatments will I need?
This is too difficult to answer! It's best to discuss this with your practitioner based on your specific needs and your presentation. We find some people only come when they are sore or injured while others prefer to come in when they're feeling ok to optimise health outcomes and prevent injury. Everyone has a different set of circumstances so it's best to create a plan with your practitioner that works for you and your needs.
What are some common things you treat?
The range can be huge as we are always supporting complex pain presentations and chronic complaints. However, our every day presentations include some of the following:
- low back pain and disc injuries
-headaches and migraines
-pre and post natal care
-hip, knee, foot and ankle issues
-shoulder, elbow and wrist issues
-IBS and gut issues
-women's health complaints