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Osteopathy FAQs

What can I expect from my first appointment?

Medical History Discussion: The osteopath will likely start by asking you about your medical history, including any past injuries, surgeries, medical conditions, and medications you are currently taking. This information helps them understand your health background and any factors that might be relevant to your current symptoms. Current Symptoms and Concerns: You'll have the opportunity to discuss your current symptoms, pain, discomfort, or any other health concerns you're experiencing. The osteopath will ask detailed questions to understand the nature, duration, and intensity of your symptoms. Physical Examination: Osteopaths use their hands to perform physical examinations. They will assess your posture, mobility, and muscle tension. They may also perform specific tests to evaluate joint range of motion and identify areas of restriction or dysfunction. Diagnosis and Explanation: Based on the information gathered from your history and physical examination, the osteopath will provide you with a diagnosis or assessment of your condition. They will explain their findings in a way that you can understand and may use anatomical models or diagrams to illustrate their points. Treatment Plan: If appropriate, the osteopath will discuss and propose a treatment plan. This plan may involve various osteopathic techniques such as manipulation, soft tissue massage, stretching, and other hands-on methods. They might also suggest lifestyle changes, exercises, or ergonomic adjustments to help improve your condition. Informed Consent: Before proceeding with any treatment, the osteopath should obtain your informed consent. This means explaining the proposed treatment, potential benefits, possible risks, and any alternative options. You should feel comfortable asking questions and voicing any concerns you may have. Treatment Session: If you agree to the treatment plan, the osteopath will begin the hands-on therapy. This can involve gentle manipulations, stretching, and mobilization of joints and soft tissues. The treatment should be tailored to your comfort level, and you should communicate any discomfort or pain during the session. Post-Treatment Discussion: After the treatment session, the osteopath may discuss any changes you might feel immediately and provide instructions for post-treatment care. They might also discuss the recommended frequency of follow-up appointments. Follow-Up: Depending on your condition and the treatment plan, you might need to schedule follow-up appointments. Osteopathic treatment often involves a series of sessions to achieve optimal results. Remember that communication is key throughout the entire process. Be open and honest about your symptoms, concerns, and preferences. Osteopaths are trained to provide patient-centered care and should prioritize your comfort and well-being.

Do you have HICAPs facilities?

At our Epping and Thomastown locations full HICAPs facilities are available. At Laurimar some private health funds don't accept mobile HICAPs transactions, however most major funds do. Full Medicare services apply at all locations.

Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?

If you are a new patient, you can use the consultation time more efficiently if you bring the New Patient Form already filled out. If you have osteo in your private health insurance, bring your card or digital card with you for on the spot claiming. If you have a Care Plan through Medicare, you will need to bring the paperwork your GP supplied you with, your Medicare card and a debit card. Osteopathic treatment can enhance your homeostatic mechanisms. It's wise to make sure you have eaten a small meal recently and are well hydrated for your treatment.

Do I need a referral from a GP to see an osteopath?

No, osteopaths are Primary Care Physicians so there is no need to get a referral from your GP to book in. However, if you have a complicated medical history or chronic condition you may have paperwork from your GP to bring with you to your appointment.

How much does an osteopathy appointment cost?

Your 60 minute Initial Consultation costs $80. Subsequent 30 minute appointments are $80 Subsequent 60 minute appointments are $120. Concession prices are available for pension or health care card holders. 30 min - $75 60 min - $110 Medicare rebates are available for osteopathy at the discretion of your GP. The rebate is just over $58. It is processed on our HICAPs machine and in most cases goes back into your account immediately.

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