Where and how long is the training to become an Osteopath?
In Australia osteopaths now study at university. They complete 5 years of study either a double Bachelor Degree or 3 year Bachelor and 2 year Masters Degree. The three institutions offering osteopathy are Victoria University, RMIT and Southern Cross University, Lismore.
Do I need a referral?
No, osteopaths are primary health care practitioners and are therefore able to treat anyone, without referral. Osteopaths are taught diagnostic skills beyond just musculoskeletal medicine so are able to either treat or refer appropriately for many conditions, not just back and neck pain.
How much does it cost?
A initial treatment is $140 for approximately 1hour. Subsequent treatments are $110 for approximately 30 minutes. We also have concession and child rates available, please enquire when booking an appointment.
How long is a consultation/treatment?
An initial consultation/treatment is up to 1hour in duration. Subsequent treatments are 30 minutes. We do offer extended consultations which are typically 1 hour.
Does it hurt? How will I feel after treatment?
This very much depends upon why you are seeking treatment, how severe your problem is, how long you have and it and your pain threshold. You may have some post-treatment soreness but generally this is mild and doesn’t last long, if you have it at all. Most people feel some immediate relief.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends on many factors but we like to see most people 4-6 times for treatment to have long-lasting effects. Many people then continue to have regular treatment as a “preventative” or “maintenance” measure. Generally, the sooner you seek treatment, the fewer treatments will be required.
What is the difference between osteopathy, chiropractic and physiotherapy?
This would have to be one of the most common questions we are asked as osteopaths. The primary difference between the three modalities would have to be philosophical, that is, how each approaches or thinks about your treatment. We cannot speak for another profession but in terms of osteopathy we approach your treatment from the perspective that you are a whole human being and therefore anything we treat will consider all of you. We will assess your entire health history and determine how it may “fit in” to the condition/problem/pain that you come to us with. We will then design our treatment and management for you as an individual with that assessment in mind.
Is treatment covered by private health funds and/or Medicare?
Most private health funds will provide some rebate if you have extras cover. Medicare does generally not provide any rebate for treatment. However there is a Medicare scheme for those with chronic pain which can provide rebate for up to five (5) treatments per year. This needs to be applied for through your GP.
Can I still exercise if I have treatment?
Generally yes. There may be some limitations imposed by your practitioner initially such as less time or intensity of exercise but this is very dependent upon the reason for your visit. After most visits we would advise that strenuous or intensive exercise be avoided for 24hours after your treatment.
What will happen at my first treatment?
We ask you to arrive 5-10mins early for your first visit to complete our patient history form. The practitioner will then take a thorough case history and review any reports or imaging you may have. The practitioner will then complete a physical examination to form their diagnosis and develop a treatment plan. Treatment will then involve various different ‘hands on’ physical techniques from soft-tissue massage to mobilization, manipulation, stretching and others. You may or may not be given exercises or activities to complete at home before your next visit, and there may be some postural advice or dietary advice if appropriate.
What should I bring?
Any recent reports or imaging you have had conducted. For example x-rays, CT and MRI scans, blood tests, ultrasound, bone density tests.