What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a gentle and non-invasive hands-on form of healthcare that is ideal for all ages, from babies to the elderly.Beachside Osteopaths provide skilled and gentle care to treat and manage many injuries and illnesses involving your skeleton, joints, nerves, and muscles, including conditions affecting your internal organs and overall health.

Our Osteopaths also use the information gathered from your history, examination and treatment to give you advice that will assist you in prolonging the benefits of treatment. Advice may involve correcting posture or technique and prescription of exercises or stretches. All advice is tailored to fit into your normal schedule, to help you find a balance between maintaining your health and your normal activities.

Beachside Osteopaths have trained at University for a minimum of five years to rigorous Australian standards and can perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. In addition, we offer complementary treatments such as ergonomics, dry needling, and rehabilitation.

In summary, Osteopathy is more than just treatment. Your osteo looks at the complete picture to offer appropriate treatment, exercise prescription, rehab and general advice, specific to your unique symptoms, predisposing factors and lifestyle.

How Osteopathy is tailored to you

At Beachside Osteo, we take a thorough and holistic history and evaluate you as a complete picture to ensure that we address all factors contributing to your pain or discomfort.Osteopaths provide skilled and gentle care for patients of all ages to treat and help manage many injuries and illnesses involving joints and muscles, including many conditions affecting your body’s organs.

Your Osteopathic treatment can include:

  • soft tissue techniques such as remedial massage
  • gentle joint manipulation for therapeutic relief
  • improvement of joint articulation and range of functional movement
  • strapping or bandage support – and more.

After treatment advice is tailored to fit your schedule and normal routine activities, giving you a supported pathway to wellbeing. It may include stretches, exercises, and altered posture strategies.

How is Osteopathy different from Physiotherapy or Chiropractic?

These are the definition of each form of treatment from the relevant authority.What is Osteopathy? http://www.osteopathy.org.au/

Osteopathy is a hands on approach to healthcare recognising the important link between the structures of your body and the way it works. Osteopaths focus on how your skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue, and internal organs work together as a holistic unit to improve your health and well-being.

What is Chiropractic? http://chiropractors.asn.au

Chiropractors focus on the detection and correction of aberrant spinal function and its subsequent effect on how the nervous system controls and coordinates the body in response to its environment.

What is Physiotherapy? www.physiotherapy.asn.au

Physiotherapy is a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists are experts in movement and function who work in partnership with their patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, which may have been present from birth, acquired through accident or injury, or are the result of ageing or life-changing events.

I have never been to an osteopath, what can I expect?

At your first consultation, you will be asked to inform us about your medical history, medications, problems and symptoms, and sign an ‘informed consent’ form. Most treatment does not require you to remove basic clothing, but to feel comfortable, wear loose clothing, shorts or pants without belts and minimal jewellery. You can bring a friend or relative along to sit on one of our comfy treatment room chairs.Most treatments occur while you sit or lay upon a comfortable treatment table. We may lift your arms or legs, or ask you to bend and stretch. Be assured, most osteopathic treatment is gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. Your appointment can take from 30-60 minutes depending on your problem and symptoms.

How do we decide which techniques to use?

All techniques used are carefully selected by the practitioner. A thorough case history allows us to take into account any conditions or circumstances where some techniques may be unsafe or inappropriate to use. As we are qualified to use a number of different techniques, we select those that will get the best possible outcome for the patient with the lowest risk.  All treatment techniques are discussed with you to obtain informed consent before we proceed.

Do we expect you to consent to the techniques we suggest?

At no point should you feel obliged to consent to a technique you are not comfortable with and we encourage you to please voice any concerns. We strive to provide you with the best possible care, take into consideration all of your concerns and will only use techniques you will be comfortable with us using.While some techniques may cause you to feel a little tender for a day or two post-treatment, the main concern is spinal manipulation, particularly of the neck (cervical).

Is it ok if you don’t want your spine manipulated or ‘cracked’?

Yes, that is perfectly fine. Our osteopaths are highly skilled to deliver gentle and effective joint manipulations, and we only use them when we feel they will be safe, effective and not cause you discomfort. We will never ‘crack’ you without consent or if we feel you are apprehensive, as it is important to keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout your session for the best outcomes.We are trained to use a range of techniques that are adaptable to your condition and requests to avoid or use particular techniques.

How do you approach treatment of sensitive areas?

Osteopathic examination and treatment is a thorough process and at times it may be necessary for us to be able to view a sensitive area to make a more accurate diagnosis, or to use a more effective technique. We will always discuss this with you, ask your consent, and will only proceed if you are comfortable.

Is it necessary to work around sensitive areas?

In some cases, it may be necessary to examine or provide treatment close to sensitive areas, due to muscles/joints that are located under or next to these areas that are related to your presenting complaint.If this is the case, the practitioner will make sure you are comfortable. You are encouraged to inform us if you become uncomfortable at any stage.  We will endeavour to find an alternative way of treating your presenting complaint while maintaining your comfort.

You are welcome to bring a friend or relative along to sit on one of our comfy treatment room chairs.

Will I be expected to disrobe?

Not usually. The decision lies with you, and in most cases, it will not be necessary for you to disrobe.  Depending on your injury, if we believe it is in your best interest to expose a particular area, we will discuss the benefits with you and allow you the opportunity to make the decision. If disrobing is necessary, the practitioner will leave the room allowing you to get changed and cover yourself before returning.

Will I be provided with towels to cover myself if necessary?

Yes, if necessary there are fresh towels available to keep you covered (and warm) during treatment.

Is Osteopathy safe for children?

Yes, we have successfully treated many children of all ages for a range of injuries or complaints due to sport, accidents, growth related pains, headaches and breathing related issues.As a duty of care to your child, we ask that a parent or guardian always be present during treatment, and also ensure that we can discuss the treatment plan with you for the most effective outcomes.

Can I claim private health?

Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and can be claimed via HICAPS. Please remember to bring your card to each session.  To find out whether you are covered for osteopathic treatment, please contact your fund.

Do you accept Medicare, Veteran’s Affairs, WorkCover and TAC claims?

Yes, we do, but please make this known at the time of booking so that we can instruct you on the process and make sure you have all the relevant documentation ready.Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans are available for certain conditions when referred by your GP. Medicare will provide a rebate on five services per calendar year and need to be allocated by your GP. To claim the rebate at your local Medicare office or online.

Our osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation schemes and motor accident insurers.

How do I make a booking?

You can book direct with us online, or by phone. You do not need a referral from a GP, although you can ask for a GP referral if you want to claim for Chronic Disease Management assistance.