What to Expect
A typical first consult involves taking a detailed history and questions regarding your presenting complaint and symptoms you are experiencing. This is followed by a physical examination and discussion regarding your diagnosis and prognosis followed by treatment and possibly some follow up advice.
As osteopathy has a holistic approach, your practitioner may examine and treat seemly unrelated areas of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore hip, your Osteopath might also examine or treat your ankle, knee, pelvis and back.
A subsequent treatment is similar but without needing to obtain any history already known the interview is quicker followed by further treatment.
*If your medical condition changes between osteopathic appointments please tell your Osteopath at your next consultation.
What to bring?
If you have any imaging or test results related to your problem, please bring them along.
Depending on the problem you may be required to undress to your underwear, gowns are available, however please make sure your attire is suitable and comfortable. If you wish to remain clothed, that is fine, just mention this to your Osteopath as the beginning of the consult. Chaperones may accompany you to your treatment also.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.
Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, Osteopaths may identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.
In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete minimum accredited university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by State workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.
Osteopathy Australia 2018