Most frequent questions and answers
Firstly, a pre-appointment screen will be emailed to you asking a few simple questions to save time during your actual appointment.
Osteopaths perform a detailed physical examination of the body to identify the cause of the problem. Thus, you may be asked by the Osteopath to dress down to your underwear so please ensure you dress appropriately. As you may be partaking in physical activity it is encouraged to wear / bring appropriate footwear, exercise clothing and a towel to your appointment. There is a shower / bathroom facility at the club should you require it.
No, you don’t need a referral to see an Osteopath. They are Primary Healthcare practitioners, anyone can make an appointment. Your general practitioner (GP) or specialist may recommend Osteopathic treatment for certain conditions. If you are unsure as to whether your specific complaint can be helped by Osteopathy, please call or email Matt to clarify.
The number of treatments required can vary greatly depending on the nature of the complaint. Individuals requiring pain relief / symptom management may only require (1 – 3) treatments, whereas other more chronic complaints or those looking to work towards improving their physical fitness will require more regular sessions. Matt will work with you during your initial consultation to agree on the best management plan moving forward. Matt’s role is to work with you and help provide the tools and strategies to help facilitate the change required to achieve your goals. Therefore it is expected and required that all clients take an active role in the process of recovery or pathway reaching their specific goals.
People with “extras” cover as part of their Private Health Insurance are able to claim a portion of their treatment costs Note: Private Health / HICAPS is available on site, please contact your private health fund provider to determine your Osteopathy rebate Osteopathic Treatment is NOT covered by Medicare unless you are on an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan. This is managed and provided by your GP. Consult your GP for further information.
During the Initial Consultation, Matt will further discuss your pre-screening questionnaire as needed. This will be followed by a systematic physical examination (including Orthopaedic & Neurological testing if required) which involves assessing joint range of motion, postural analysis and palpation of the musculoskeletal system.
Osteopaths regard the body as a unit, therefore the examination may involve adjacent areas that may also be influencing your presenting complaint.
Once Matt has finished the physical examination he will discuss your diagnosis with you and work together with you to develop a management plan Treatment may include soft tissue massage, myofascial cupping, gentle joint manipulation, dry needling and correctional exercise techniques. At the conclusion of your treatment,
Matt will send you your management plan via email – Management plans may include prescribed stretches, exercises.
If your Osteopath believes further investigation is required, he/she may refer you appropriately. If you’re booking in for a personal training consult, our session will focus more on past history, expectations and goal setting, nutrition and lifestyle management and basic mobility and strength assessments.
Your Initial Consultation will take approximately 45-60 minutes and include a thorough Medical History, Diagnosis, Treatment and Discussion of further management Subsequent Consultations will take approximately 30 minutes. A short 10-15min screening questionnaire will be emailed to you prior to your initial appointment. Filling this information out at least 24hrs prior to your appointment will allow maximal time for physical assessment & treatment during your session.