Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathic Medicine is a hands-on approach to health care that recognises the important link between the structures of the body and the way that it functions.  We focus on health rather than disease to bring your body back into a balanced state by working with the body’s natural capacity to heal itself.  Osteopaths use the neuro-musculoskeletal system to achieve optimal health.  We use a variety of well-documented, evidence-based techniques and offer a holistic approach to a person’s health and well being.

Our aim is to educate our patients and work in conjunction with other health care practitioners (i.e. GP’s, Naturopaths, Massage Trainers, Personal Trainers etc) to ensure long-term healing rather than dependence on treatment.  We equip our patients with the resources to maintain their own health and seek appropriate treatment only when needed.

How Many Treatments Will I Need? 

Every person is unique and individual and treatment will vary between patients.  We tailor our treatment sessions to meet your needs so you can recover as quickly as possible.  Some people will require more or less treatments depending on a range of factors such as age, length of problem (acute or chronic), severity of symptoms, frequency of symptoms, dietary or lifestyle factors, exercise and many more.

What Should I Bring with Me? 

Your Osteopath may ask to see any X-Rays, scans or test results.

At Embrace Wellness Centre we treat our Osteopathic patients fully clothed.  We ask our patients to dress in comfortable clothing that allows us to move the body without restriction.

What is the difference between Osteopathy, Chiropractic & Physiotherapy?

The Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA) clearly states on it’s own website that it is, “not the role of any health professional to try to define what another health care profession is, and what they do.  If you want a definition, it would be best to ask people in those professions”.

For further information about:

Physiotherapy visit: http://physiotherapy.asn.au

Chiropractic visit: http://chiropractors.asn.au

We hope you understand why we are careful when answering this difficult questions.  We hope that our website has expanded on the understanding of the philosophy of Osteopathy and the broad range of hands-on techniques we use.

How Effective Is Osteopathic Treatment? 

Government and medical studies over recent years have consistently demonstrated osteopathy to be less expensive, requires fewer drugs and has higher patient satisfaction over conventional medical care for back, neck & other musculoskeletal pain.

Osteopathy is a nationally recognised health care profession requiring registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  We are required to work within stringent regulated guidelines that are both safe and effective for patient care

Is Osteopathic Treatment Covered By My Private Health Fund?

Yes.  Osteopathy is covered under the ancillary or extras cover of major health insures.  Depending on your level of coverage or specific health fund, rebates with vary between insurers.  With our Hicaps system, you can instantly claim your rebate and you simply pay the gap.

Is Osteopathic Treatment Covered By Medicare? 

Under current Medicare guidelines, Medicare will cover Osteopathic treatments for chronic conditions under the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) program.  A chronic condition is one that has been evident for more than 6 months.  To access Medicare funded Osteopathy, you will have to speak with your GP about whether you are eligible for up to 5 discounted treatment each year.  If eligible, you must obtain a referral from your GP for an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan.  For more information about the EPC program talk with your Osteopath and your GP, go to the Medicare Australia Website: www.medicare.gov.au, or call Medicare Australia on 132 011.

What About My Current Gym or Exercise Program? 

Each Osteopathic treatment is customised for each person and everyone’s situation is unique.  Discuss your current exercise program with your Osteopath and together you will find ways to modify your program to suit your needs.  They may suggest certain stretching or strengthening exercises that address specific imbalances to ensure the best possible care for you.

We generally ask our patients to modify their exercise routines for 12-24 hours after Osteopathic treatment depending on the symptoms you experience.  This allows the treatment to settle without any interference from outside sources.  After this period, we generally encourage our patients to return to their programs, working within pain-free thresholds that minimise excessive strain on the body.

Is Osteopathic Treatment Safe?

Osteopathic treatment is generally considered safe, but occasionally it may cause adverse reactions like soreness or tenderness.  The risk associated with Osteopathic treatment is very low, however, there are techniques, such as High-Velocity, Low-Amplitude (“cracking” or “manipulation”) that have a higher degree of risk.  Before any technique is performed, your consent is required and we never manipulate without permission from you first.  Our Osteopaths are highly-trained professionals and will always explain why such techniques are indicated.  If you have any questions or concerns, please ask your Osteopath and they will gladly answer them.

We also use a wide variety of very gentle, non-invasive techniques that require minimal force.  We always work with your body to ensure the best possible care available.

What Is Involved In Treatment?

During your initial consultation your Osteopath will spend time putting together a comprehensive case history along with a thorough physical examination and treatment.  You may wonder why we ask so many questions or spend extra time on this process, but because we use a holistic model of health we want to know how each area of your life is influence by your symptoms.  We spend extra time putting together all the pieces that form the bigger picture.  This way we can ensure we treat the cause rather than the symptoms.

Follow-up consultation may involve a brief conversation on progress from previous treatments or to clarify further information from your case history.  The majority of the time is spend with diagnosis and treatment that builds on the previous sessions.

How Long Is My Appointment?

Initial consultations range from 45-60 mins while follow-up consults are generally 30 minutes.