Osteopathy

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to healthcare capable of addressing many
musculoskeletal conditions. Using “hands on” techniques Osteopaths treat the body as a whole including the muscles, joints, ligaments, bone and connective tissue. 
Osteopaths believe the body’s framework strongly impacts on its effective functioning. Using this style of treatment the function of the entire body may be improved. This includes the lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems. In simple terms an Osteopath optimizes the structure so that the body can heal itself. Within an osteopathic treatment a range of techniques are employed to best suit the individual needs of the patient. A thorough medical history is taken to ensure an individualised treatment can be developed. Such treatments may include soft tissue massage, manipulation, stretching and joint mobilization. Treatment also involves advice on both stretching and strengthening exercises.All Osteopaths have undertaken 5 years full time training including a Masters degree to become accredited. They are government registered practitioners of manual therapy.

Who can benefit

Our Osteopaths have been consulted for a wide range of health conditions. These include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Postural strain during pregnancy
  • Sporting injuries and rehabilitation
  • Pelvic instability and injury
  • Jaw pain

Please contact the clinic for more information about the conditions an Osteopath may be able to assist with.

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A Consultation with an Osteopath at take2health

One of the benefits of seeing an Osteopath is the variety of techniques they have at their disposal. Within an osteopathic treatment a range of techniques are employed to best suit the individual needs of the patient.

Your initial consultation with an Osteopath at take2health takes around 45 minutes. This length of time allows our Osteopath to take a thorough medical history, fully assess and treat you and allows time to discuss your condition and proposed management plan. All subsequent consultations are for 30 minutes.

Our Osteopaths see the body as a whole and as such examine not only the area of your presenting complaint, but also the adjacent structures. This approach to treatment helps our practitioners identify the cause of your pain as they aim to minimise the chances of reoccurrence. The ‘hands on treatment’ component may include soft tissue massage, manipulation, craniosacral therapy, stretching and joint mobilisation. A consultation may also involve advice on both stretching and strengthening exercises, rehabilitation, postural and ergonomic considerations.

Osteopaths at take2health believe in finding a treatment approach that works for each individual. We will not have you book a series of unnecessary appointments. If your condition needs only a small number of treatments we will be upfront with you and appropriately discharge you. Similarly, some conditions, by nature require more ongoing treatment, again, we will discuss this with you and work to gain your best possible treatment and personal outcomes.

All Osteopaths at take2health undertake ongoing professional development training both in-house and externally, which ensures they are up to date with the latest research and treatment enhancements, which in turn may result in better outcomes for you, our client.

Book your consultation online or by contacting us now! Should your preferred time not be available online, please contact reception and ask to be placed on our wait list.

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Common reasons for Osteopathic Consultations

Osteopathic treatment isn’t just for adults and athletes. It is for everyone. Osteopathy provides a competent, caring and gentle approach to the treatment of children. This treatment style makes it suitable for children of any age, including newborn infants. There are a number of causes of structural changes in children. Such factors include difficulties during the pregnancy or birth, childhood accidents and falls, infection as well as genetic disorders.

Problems that affect the proper mobility and function of the body’s framework can lead to a variety of conditions. This is where Osteopathy can help.

Babies

  • Neck related strains associated with plagiocephaly.
  • Favouring one side of the head
  • Lip and tongue tie
  • Problems with attachment for breast feeding

Children

  • Postural problems such as scoliosis.
  • Delayed physical progress
  • Musculoskeletal symptoms often associated with growing pains.
  • Abnormal leg and foot rotation, when walking

Please contact the clinic for more information about conditions that a Paediatric Osteopath may be able to help with.

Prior to any treatment, a thorough case history and complete examination of the child is undertaken. This ensures that Osteopathic treatment is the appropriate course of action for the child, and there is no need for referral.

Gentle palpatory techniques are used to identify areas of the body where the child’s structure may have been disturbed. Osteopathy recognises a child’s natural ability to heal. Your osteopath may assist, accelerate and guide this natural healing process. At take2health we will always keep you, the parent or care giver informed as to the treatment being undertaken and ways you too can help your child’s healing process.

We strongly recommend a newborn check for your infant prior to 6 weeks of age. We offer this service as complimentary for the infants of women who have sought treatment at take2health during their pregnancy. All initial consultations are for 60 minutes duration, which allows lots of time for a thorough check of bub and for mum or dad to ask any questions they may have.

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy is a form of Osteopathic treatment often used for babies and children alike. This recognises the subtle movements and restrictions that can occur in an infant’s skull (often due to birth or their position in utero) and works to gently correct these imbalances. An Osteopath’s training helps them to recognise very small changes to the skull and body of an infant. Mechanical problems are often found in the areas of the upper rib cage and neck as well as spine and hips. Often, with this form of treatment the baby feels very little except a warm relaxing feeling. Treatment may be very useful in calming an irritable baby. Osteopaths at take2health tend to treat using a broad mix of structural and cranial techniques.

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Sporting Injuries and Osteopathy

Osteopaths treat many musculoskeletal conditions, which include sporting injuries.

Whether you are an elite athlete, social sports player or an occasionally active person, a take2health Osteopath may be able to help you. Many of our practitioners come from a sporting background themselves, giving them great insight and understanding into many common sporting injuries.

Our Osteopaths may be able to assist in the management and prevention of:

  • Tennis/ Golfers elbow
  • Knee and hip injuries
  • Groin pain/ Osteitis Pubis
  • Ankle sprains
  • Shoulder injures
  • Hamstring strain/ tear
  • Low back injury
  • Shin Splints
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Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications will my Osteopath have?

All Osteopaths have undertaken 5 years full time training, including a Masters degree to become accredited. They are Government registered practitioners of manual therapy. All Osteopaths at take2health are fully insured and registered.

Can my baby see an Osteopath?

Anyone from the newborn to the elderly can see an Osteopath and may benefit from the treatment. At take2health, your safety and comfort is our complete priority. Osteopaths at take2health will never manipulate or “crack” an infant or young child. We have very gentle techniques for these clients.

Can I use my private health?

Yes. If you have ancillary or extras cover with your private health fund, you should be able to claim a portion of your consultation through private health. We have HICAPS facilities for on the spot claiming, so you need only pay the gap.

Cancellation Policy

As with all treatment modalities at take2health, a minimum of 24hours notice is required for all appointment cancellations and changes. Less than 24hours notice will result in a cancellation fee being charged.

What do I need to bring

If you have had any recent tests or xrays, it would be helpful to bring a copy of the results with you for your practitioner. For infants and children, please bring with you the child’s maternal and child health record book.

What should I wear?

Your consultation will include examination of specific areas of the body. It is advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Depending on the nature of your condition, you may be asked to dis-robe to underwear in order for your practitioner to better assess your condition. If you prefer to be treated fully clothed, we are able to accommodate for this.

Do you accept CDM (Medicare plans) for Osteopathic Treatment?

Yes, if you have an appropriate referral and paper work from your doctor we accept Medicare patients. Please be aware that you will be required to pay for your appointment in full. You will require a linked account with Medicare. We can claim back on the spot for the funds to be returned to your account. Please note Medicare does not cover our full consultation fee, so you will incur a gap.

Do I need a referral?

No, anyone can see an Osteopath without a referral. If you want to claim through WorkSafe, TAC or Department of Veterans affairs you will need a referral, and prior approval, before coming for an appointment. All clients, except DVA will need to pay in full for their consultation at the time of their appointment, then claim back from their 3rd party payer.

Late Arrivals

In order to get the most out of your treatment time, we recommend you arrive 5 minutes early. As we often have appointments booked back to back, unfortunately if you are late, you will only be able to have your treatment for the remaining allocated treatment time.

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