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What's the difference between osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists?

It’s not the role of any health professional to try to define what another health care professional is, and what they do. If you want a definition, it would be best to ask people in those professions. What we can do is tell you about the defining characteristics of Osteopathy, which are its underlying philosophy and its broad range of techniques. Osteopathy is a holistic therapy. To take a simple example, if you go to an Osteopath with a knee injury, the Osteopath will do much more than just examine and treat your knee. They will want to know exactly how the injury occurred in order to assess not just which tissues in the knee are injured, but also whether there may be any involvement of other areas with a mechanical relationship to the knee, such as the foot, hip, low back and pelvis, and the associated soft tissues.

They will then want to analyze any possible secondary effects. For instance, you may be "avoiding" the bad knee and putting more weight on the other side. Over a period of time, this may lead to problems developing in the low back or the "good" knee. The Osteopath will then use this information to prescribe a treatment plan that addresses not just the knee, but all of the other areas of the body and associated tissues that may be involved. The plan will include attention not just to the joints and their associated soft tissues, but also to the blood supply to the affected areas, the lymphatic drainage, the nerve supply etc., in order to include all those factors which will affect the success of healing. It is this "whole body, holistic, multi-system" approach that has been the basis of Osteopathy’s success over the last century.

How qualified are Osteopaths?

In Australia, Osteopaths have undertaken a 5-year Masters degree at university and are accredited with the title ‘Dr’. They are thoroughly trained in physiology, biology, pathology and anatomy. Your Osteopath will provide a thorough assessment and treatment and always explain what they are doing and why. Osteopaths are trained to recognise any condition that might make Osteopathic treatment inadvisable, and will refer patients for appropriate medical attention in such cases. Your GP considers your safety as the most important factor when selecting the appropriate medication for you just like your Osteopath will select the most appropriate style of treatment with safety as the prime consideration. Your osteopath will discuss with you any risk associated with particular treatment.

What is that cracking sound?

Manipulation is when you may hear a crack, click or popping sound coming from your joints. This is nothing to be worried about. The sound is not your joints rubbing against each other or anything bad happening but merely believed to be a rapid pressure change within the joint. Osteopathic manipulation is designed to increase in the range of motion of that joint and decrease your pain levels. It is a technique that is very effective which often provides instant relief. Manipulation is just one technique of many that our Osteopaths use. Your osteopath will take a thorough medical history and examination to see if this technique is appropriate for you.

Who can we treat?

Age or status is no barrier to care at The Osteo Clinic, babies from days old, pregnant women, to patients in their 90’s plus and all in between benefit from a personalised approach to their healthcare.

Do I need a referral to see an osteopath?

No anyone can come and see us. However, if you do come under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) scheme then you will require a referral from your GP.

Who pays? Am I covered?

We have HICAPS at The Osteo Clinic which provides an immediate rebate at the time of consultation to members of private health funds with extras cover. The amount of rebate varies from insurer to insurer.

A medicare rebate of $50.05 can now be claimed for Osteopathic treatment of chronic musculoskeletal conditions for up to 5 treatments per year. To be eligible you need a referral from your GP for Osteopathic treatment under a Chronic Disease Management Plan.

Patients under the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), WorkCover and Transport Accident Compensation (TAC) schemes may have their treatment costs covered by those schemes. There may be a small gap that the patient will be required to pay.




Initial Osteopathy    45-60 min     $98 
Initial Paediatric 0-2 yrs Osteopathy    60 min $105 
Standard Osteopathy 30 min $85

Remedial Massage / Myotherapy

60 minutes $95
30 minutes $60

Clinical Pilates       

Initial Assessment - includes Gripsox 60 min $85
One on One session 60 min $78
Small Group Class 60 min $39
Small Group Class (block of 10) $360

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