FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?

Osteopathy is a gentle hands on form of treatment for the whole body including muscles, bones, joints and all other tissues including your organs and nervous system.

Our Melbourne Osteopathy approach is unique as it looks at the body as a whole unit therefore not just focusing on the site of pain but looking at where in the body the problem might actually have started We call this a whole body approach.

In Australia, osteopaths require a minimum of five years of training at university level, attaining a Bachelor and/or a Masters Degree in osteopathic medicine to ensure you are in the safest possible hands.

COMMON PROBLEMS OSTEOPATHS TREAT

LESS COMMON PROBLEMS YOUR OSTEOPATH CAN TREAT

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Clicky Jaws or Jaw Pain
  • Ear Infections
  • Digestive Problems
  • Children
  • Asthma
  • Recurrent UTI (Urinary Tract Infections)

WHAT DOES MY FIRST OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT INVOLVE?

First and foremost the Osteopath will take a thorough history of the complaint(s) you present with and your health in general. They will focus on any aspects of your health history which require need extra attention. The Osteopath will then conduct a thorough examination of the whole person using their hands to try and feel any irregularities or changes within normal healthy motion. They will then try and feel how the body is compensating for any motion problems. It is then the goal of the practitioner to support the body back to full Health once again using their hands to treat the patient.

WHAT FEES SHOULD I EXPECT AND HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments you require is entirely dependent on the severity of your condition. This will be assessed during your initial consultation. On average, the majority of our patients experience relief after 2 to 4 treatments. But on either end of the spectrum some patients may only require one treatment, whereas those with more serious problems may need more ongoing care.Our osteopaths are dedicated to resolving your complaint in the safest, most economical way possible for you.
For our schedule of fees please call 0421 087 564 and speak to one of our friendly staff.

DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE AN OSTEOPATH?

No, it is not necessary to obtain a referral to see an osteopath.Simply call our rooms to arrange an appointment and ensure you bring any relevant reports or imaging to help your osteopath make an accurate assessment of your condition.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Patients are advised to wear loose-fitting, casual clothing to appointments, such as tracksuit pants and a t-shirt.It is typical during an appointment to undress into underwear or have your top off so that we can see your spine. If you are uncomfortable with this please let your Osteo know.

CAN I STILL RECEIVE TREATMENTS IF I AM PREGNANT?

Absolutely! In fact you should be receiving treatment. Pregnancy places a great deal of strain on a woman’s body, particularly the back and the pelvic region, so it is very important to ensure your wellbeing is looked after throughout this stage of your life. At MPOC, we offer a safe, specialised osteo service for pregnant women which ensures you are comfortable at all times and provides effective relief from previous complaints as well as pregnancy-related pain and discomfort.Osteopaths can help with many pregnancy or labour related symptoms.

CAN I RECEIVE TREATMENT IF I HAVE JUST HAD A BABY?

Yes you can. Labour can cause serious spinal and pelvic misalignment.As the body remains tender for quite some time after giving birth we apply the same gentle techniques to help ease you back to your previous physical condition.Call ask your Osteopath to find out when it may be appropriate to commence treatment after the delivery of your new born.

CAN I CONTINUE WITH MY CURRENT GYM OR EXERCISE PROGRAM WHILE I HAVE TREATMENT?‏

Most likely, Exercise is necessary for general health and wellbeing but it is crucial your fitness regime is carefully tailored to prevent exacerbation of your condition.After conducting a thorough physical assessment we are then able to advise you which exercises should be omitted from your regime, as well as replacements which will be most beneficial to your recovery in combination with your osteopathic treatments.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OSTEOPATHY, PHYSIOTHERAPY AND CHIROPRACTIC?

Although there are several underlying similarities between each method of treatment, what does differ dramatically is the theory behind each. Here is a brief and generalised comparison to give you an idea.Physiotherapist – Looks mainly at the site of pain with a muscular and exercise rehabilitation focus.Chiropractor – Looks often at the spine and focuses on joints.Osteopath – Combines muscular and joint treatment and makes sure they look at the whole body to find where the problem actually started not just focusing on the sore spot.While physiotherapy focuses on treating muscles and performing exercise rehabilitation and chiropractic focuses on treating the skeleton. Osteopathy believes best practice can only be found in looking at the body holistically, taking a good look at all of the muscles, bones joints and everything between into account. Osteopathic treatment is a hands on style of treatment not using machines.Osteopathy aims to get to the root of your complaints to treat the cause of your problem, not just the symptoms, to achieve long-lasting health and wellbeing.The most important factor when deciding on a course of treatment is feeling comfortable with your practitioner. Whether you feel safe and secure has a big impact on how you will respond to treatment. At MPOC we consider your safety and security to be of utmost importance

IS OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT COVERED BY PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE?

Most Private Health Funds cover Osteopathy in their ‘Extras’ packages. Please check with your insurer that you are covered. Our clinic is equipped with Hicaps facilities which allow you to claim your private health rebate on the spot at the time of your consultation.

IS OSTEOPATHIC TREATMENT COVERED BY MEDICARE?

Osteopathy is only covered by Medicare if you are eligible for an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Plan. EPC Plans are approved by your GP. Please consult your GP to see if you are eligible.

DO YOU HAVE EFTPOS FACILITIES?

Yes. We also accept VISA and Mastercard.Payment can also be made by cash or cheque.

DO YOU HAVE HICAPS FACILITIES?

Yes, you can claim your private health rebate when paying for your appointment.

DO YOU TREAT PATIENTS UNDER WORKCOVER, TAC OR VETERANS' AFFAIRS?

MPOC welcomes all patients and will work with the associated organisation to ensure your claim is handled as smoothly as possible.Please advise our receptionist you will be claiming your treatments through insurance when you call to make your first appointment and make sure you bring all relevant documentation, claim number and your insurer’s details with you so we can add these to your file.For any further queries, please don’t hesitate to call our rooms and we will happily assist in any way we can.