During your first consultation your osteopath take a comprehensive history, asking questions related to your presenting complaint, as well as questions about your medical history, and lifestyle (diet, exercise, work).
Your osteopath will then conduct a physical examination, assessing muscles, joints, and connective tissues. Based on the findings of the history and the physical examination, your osteopath will tell you what is likely to be causing your pain, what sort of treatment is may help you to feel better, and how long this may take.
With your consent the osteopath will then use hands on osteopathic treatment, treating the areas that are contributing to your condition. At the end of the session, your osteopath may give some advice regarding movements or activities to avoid, and may recommend specific exercises that may support the treatment process.
Follow up consultation
During your follow up consultation your osteopath will ask you how you responded to the last treatment, specifically whether you fell better, the same, or worse. This is important information , which provides more information related to the nature of the problem, and how much further treatment will be needed.
Do I need an referral from my GP?
You do not need a referral from your GP to access osteopathic treatment. If you have a chronic or terminal condition you may be eligible for a GP management plan you may be able to receive up to 5 Medicare subsidised treatments per year. Medicare pays $52.95, you pay the remainder of the appointment fee. To see if you are eligible, speak to your doctor.
How many appointments will I need?
This depends of the nature of your complaint (e.g. how long you have been in pain, and how severe the pain is), and your general health . Generally allow for 2-3 treatments for a recent strain, and up to 6-10 for a chronic long term complaint.
How often will I need treatment?
Initially 1 treatment per week is usually sufficient to create the the needed change to get you feeling and moving better. In cases of acute pain, 2 treatments per week for several weeks may be needed.
Will I need ongoing treatment?
This depends on a number of factors, e.g. general health, age, and level of physical activity. Some people benefit from a monthly or 6 weekly treatment to keep them feeling and moving well.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move easily e.g. shorts, leggings. Depending on the area involved you may be asked to undress to your underwear to allow for easier access to the muscles and joints.
How long will my appointment take?
Initial appointments are 60 minutes to allow for initial consultation paperwork. Follow appointments are 40-45 minutes.