Osteopaths are government registered allied health practitioners who complete 4-5 years of university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis, and osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other tissues that support your body and control its movements. Osteopaths provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy; clinical exercise programs; and movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments.
What our osteopaths treat
Osteopathic treatment can be used for a variety of body aches, pains, or rehabilitation. These include, but are not limited to:
Neck and back pain
Headaches and migraines
Repetitive strain and overuse injuries
What to expect from a treatment
Our Osteopaths provide musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments, manual therapy; clinical exercise programs; and postural or rehabilitation advice.
We also have clinicians who have undertaken further training in Dry Needling techniques, Cupping, and Nutritional Advice, to give you a more complete healthcare treatment.
Your osteopath may also offer ongoing support and educational advice about your lifestyle, stress management, diet or other factors that may influence your pain, injury or movement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect in my first treatment?
If it is the first time visiting our clinic, you will need to book an 'initial treatment'. These treatments are longer (an hour, compared to our usual 30 minutes), and include a more thorough assessment of your medical history. Your Osteopath will ask about your concern areas, as well as take some general information on your work or lifestyle habits that may impact any ongoing injuries.
Then your Osteopath will recommend a course of action, which will likely include manual therapy ('hands-on' treatment) within the session, rehabilitation exercises or general educational advice.
How much time is given to treatment?
For an initial consultation we allow up to an hour for treatment as more information gathering is required.
Usually treatments will be booked for 30 minutes from this point on, and if you have previously visited the clinic (The Osteo Team or it's previous name, Paleo Osteo) at any point then a 30 minute treatment is often sufficient.
You can book a 'Double Appointment' at any time if you would like a longer treatment mention this to our receptionist and we will accommodate you.
What should I wear to my appointment?
An Osteopathic treatment is often 'hands-on', and as such requires skin contact to feel the muscles and bones underneath. We recommend clothing that is flexible and provides access to the back or shoulders if required, or shorts if your concern is from the hip down.
However, we are always sensitive to personal or religious restrictions, and want our patients to be comfortable at all times. Talk to your friendly osteopath if you have any concerns, and they will be happy to advise.
What do I do if I can't make my appointment?
We understand sometimes things come up- simply let the clinic know as soon as you can.
Call our friendly reception on 03 5444 0012 to give us the heads up and reschedule.