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What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that recognizes the importance between function and structure of the body. Osteopaths aim to assist the healing of the body by focusing on how the muscles, joints, nerves, circulation, and connective tissue function together as a unit.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
No, it is not required. Many patients can be referred by their doctor or another health care provider. You can call or book online directly.
Can Osteopaths lodge ACC claims?
Yes, If you have had an accident and wish to apply for ACC we can help you with all the paperwork, and lodge the claim here at the clinic. If you are unsure if your complaint comes under ACC then do not hesitate to contact us to find out more.
What are the fees?
Adult appointment ACC: 55
Adult appointment private: 90
Child/Student appointment ACC: 50
Child/Student appointment private: 85
Unsure about other reductions of cost, please contact us for more information. If you have health insurance please double-check with your provider before treatment if osteopathic services are included. We can give you a full receipt post treatment for you to apply for a refund with your insurance.
How long are the appointments?
Initial consultation: 40 minutes
Follow up appointments: 30-40 minutes
How many treatments will I need?
We know from experience that a lot of problems can be resolved well within 3-4 treatments. Sometimes 1-2 visits are all that is needed, alternatively, with older or more complex conditions this can take longer to resolve dependent on the case.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
As Osteopathy is a manual medicine, a large part of treatment is hands-on, and usually involves moving various parts of your body. Make sure you wear loose and comfortable clothing. Depending on the area being looked at, it may be necessary to undress down to your underwear. Please make sure you speak to us if you feel uncomfortable in any way.
Will treatment hurt?
Most Osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause high levels of discomfort. At times, hands-on treatment of painful or tender areas will be necessary, and in these cases, we will take care to make you as comfortable as possible. Some people experience some soreness for a day or two after treatment as their body reacts and adjusts. If this persists or increases, contact your osteopath.
What is Cranial Osteopathy
Cranial Osteopathy focuses on feeling subtle body rhythms known as the involuntary motion (IVM). While IVM can be felt through the whole body, cranial treatment will typically focus on the head, as the position and movement of the bones of the skull influence the IVM. The way it works is complex and essentially involves very subtle movements to improve movement and fluid flow. The gentle nature of this style of treatment allows practitioners to use it with patients who are very sensitive, as it works with the body by encouraging it to change rather than forcing it. This works particularly well for newborns that have had a traumatic birth, are unsettled, or have trouble sleeping.
Can I bring a friend, relative, or support person with me?
Yes of course, anyone who would make you more comfortable or able to give more information relating to your visit. If you are under the age of 16 you should be accompanied by an adult.