Q: How does Osteopathy compare with Chiropractic’s and Physiotherapy?
A: Osteopaths and Chiropractors treat similar conditions and both view the patient from a holistic perspective.In treatment terms Chiropractors often only require short sessions focusing on specific manipulation of the spine whereas Osteopaths typically prefer longer treatments with more work on muscles and, perhaps, a more gentle manipulation. Physiotherapists tend to have a less philosophical approach. Osteopaths are more likely to spend longer massaging muscles and are more likely to perform manipulation if required.
Q: What conditions can an Osteopath treat?
A: Osteopathic treatment is appropriate for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders including: back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain, headaches, arthritic pain. Please see previous pages for more information.
Q: What should I expect when visiting an Osteopath?
A: When you visit an osteopath for the first time, a full medical history will be taken and you will be given an examination. You may be asked to remove some of your clothing and to perform a simple series of movements so that the mobility of your body can be evaluated. Any points of weakness, excessive strain or specific injury will be identified. This musculo-skeletal assessment will be considered alongside lifestyle factors such as work and leisure activities, to enable a full diagnosis and suitable treatment plan to be determined. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, discomfort and allowing relief from your symptoms.
You do not need to consult your GP before you visit an osteopath although you may choose to do so. The skilled techniques of osteopathy can allow you a speedy return to work.
Q: Can I claim treatment through my healthcare funds?
A: Yes we are recognised by most Healthcare funds. You may need to check with your healthcare fund provider prior to treatment. Healthcare funds are processed at the clinic via HICAPS, so there is no need to chase rebates online