What is the difference between Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Chiropractic ?
Physiotherapy places emphasis on rehabilitation of injured tissues through the use of electro-therapy, exercise and mobilization techniques. Commonly, exercises will form a part of the Physiotherapeutic consultation and the treatment is generally localized to the area of discomfort. Chiropractic treatment is primarily based on the spine with the idea that restoration of spinal function is paramount to the body’s wellbeing. Normalising function of the spine will result in generalized improvement of the surrounding soft tissues. The primary tool in the Chiropractic armoury is that of spinal adjustment.
Osteopathy is a gentler, more wholistic therapy. Whilst Osteopaths may manipulate the spine, it is but one tool of many aimed at restoring the body to optimum function. With spinal pain Osteopaths believe that it is not sufficient to apply adjustments to the spine, we recognize the importance of working on the surrounding soft tissues to maintain any changes instigated. Unlike Physiotherapy, we do not use electronic machines, we use hands-on techniques to ensure constant feedback of the tissue changes. Osteopathy incorporates many techniques to restore the body’s structure and optimize function. Incorporating a truly wholistic approach we are also trained to assess diet, nutrition, ergonomics and lifestyle factors to attain a true sense of wellbeing.
Is Osteopathic Treatment covered by Private Health Insurance ?
Yes. Almost all Health Funds cover Osteopathic treatment. We are fully recognized by the Health Funds and incorporate the HICAPS system for your convenience. The HICAPS system enables you to claim your health fund contribution at the time of payment.
Is Osteopathy covered by MediCare ?
In certain circumstances Osteopathy is covered under MediCare’s Enhanced Primary Care programme. (EPC). To be eligible you would need to consult your Doctor and if he/she feels it appropriate they can provide you with a specific EPC referral.
I have a Worker’s Compensation Claim – can I still receive treatment ?
Yes. All of our Osteopaths are WorkCover accredited. We treat a lot of WorkCover cases and, consequently, we have an efficient, streamlined process to take care of your claim. Our policy is to deal directly with the Insurance Company – to take away the headache of paperwork from you so that you can concentrate on getting better.
Do I need a referral ?
No. Osteopaths are primary care practitioners and no referral is required. At The Osteopathic Centre we have strong links with the local Medical community and liase with the local GP’s and Specialists to ensure the best outcome for our clients.
Is Manipulation a necessary part of treatment ?
It is not uncommon for people to be wary of spinal manipulation, despite the evidence of it’s safety. Manipulation is only one of the tools available to our Osteopaths and if you feel uncomfortable with this technique there are other approaches available to us. Prior to commencing any treatment we discuss with you the treatment plan and the choices available. Your comfort and trust is important to us and we would never apply a technique against your wishes.
Shall I bring my X-rays ?
Bring with you any results or documentation that you feel may be relevant. We appreciate the opportunity to fully assess your case with all the information available. If you don’t have x-rays then all of our Osteopaths are able to request x-rays where necessary.