FAQs

Do I need a GP referral to see an Osteopath?
No, you may phone our clinic directly to make an appointment.  If you wish you may ask to have an osteopath call you back to discuss is your problem is suitable for osteopathic treatment.  If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance from Medicare; you may speak to you GP about a referral for CDM.

What do I need to bring?
Bring along any relevant X-rays, scans or test results.

What should I wear?
You will need to feel comfortable during your consultation, so wear a comfortable shirt and loose pants, or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

Do I have to remove my clothes?
Depending on which area of the body you are having treated, your osteopath may ask you to remove your shirt down to your underwear.  You will be covered with a towel and your osteopath will ensure you are comfortable at all times.

What happens at my first consultation?
You will be asked to fill out some forms in the reception area with your contact details, and a ‘consent to treatment’ form.  You may speak about this with your osteopath if you have any questions.  Your osteopath will then take you into the treatment room, and sit down with you to talk you through your medical history. You will be asked questions about your presenting complaint, any medications you are taking, other treatment you have had, and other factors including lifestyle, work, diet and exercise.  Your osteopath will examine your body whilst you are standing, and take your body through certain movements.  You may be asked to move your arms or legs, bend over or walk so they can see how your body moves.  You will be asked to lie on the treatment table either on your back or stomach, your osteopath will cover you with a towel and continue to talk you through your treatment and what it is they are doing to help you.

Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause you pain.  Sometimes hands-on treatment to tender areas may cause some discomfort, and you should let your practitioner know if this is too much.  Some techniques may cause momentary discomfort.  You may experience mild soreness or tiredness for 1-2 days following treatment; this is normal and usually subsides within 48 hours.  If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

How long will my appointment take?
Your initial consultation will take 45 minutes up to one hour, depending on your history and presenting complaint.  Follow up appointments take about 30 minutes.

How much does an appointment cost?
Initial Consultation - $85
Subsequent Consultation - $70  

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