1What to expect on your first visit?
In your initial treatment (taking around 30 minutes) we will:
Gain a thorough understanding of your history and the circumstances that could have lead to your condition
Examine your body to identify the type, source and cause of symptoms
Diagnose your condition and discuss this with you
Devise a treatment and management plan involving YOU, the patient, in the decision process
Educate you about your condition
If there is time left over, we will provide hands-on treatment using techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching and manipulation. However this usually commences in the next visit
2How many treatments will I need?
Your treating practitioner will expect to see positive results within 3-6 treatments for common symptoms and you will feel some reduction in pain after the first or second visit.
Having said this, it must be stressed that everybody is unique and so some people will require more or less treatment before their symptoms improve.
3How effective is manual medicine?
Scientific and medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy chiropractic and massage to be cost effective, use fewer drugs and have high patient satisfaction for management of back, neck and other musculoskeletal pains.
4Is Osteopathic & Chiropractic treatment safe?
The risks associated with treatment are very low, particularly when compared to common pain relieving medications available over-the-counter at chemists and supermarkets.
Occasionally, you may be more aware of your symptoms for a short time after treatment. This is due to the release of certain chemicals that make nerve endings very sensitive. This is a normal response and resolves within 24-48 hours.
5Do I need a referral?
No. Simply ring to make an appointment with us. We will ask your permission to contact your GP and inform them of your treatment with us.
Osteopathy & Chiropractic works well when used in conjunction with conventional medical treatment, and it is a good idea to let your doctor know you are receiving this treatment for your condition.
6Is treatment covered by my private health fund?
Yes, it is covered under the ancillary or ‘extras’ cover of health insurers. We offer instant rebates via HICAPS. The rebate will vary depending on your health insurer and your policy with them.
7What about my current gym or exercise program?
Your treating practitioner will conduct a thorough assessment of your body movement and posture. They will recognise any aspects of your exercise program that may be contributing to your condition. You may only need to incorporate some simple exercises into your routine, or you may need to significantly alter your routine until you have adequately recovered from your condition.