FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an Osteopath, Chiropractor and Physiotherapist?

Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists are all very similar in they their focus is to help you recover from pain or injury.

Physiotherapists focus mainly on the localized site of pain.  Their focus is on muscles and rehabilitation exercises.

Chiropractors focus mostly on dysfunction of the spine and joints.  Their treatment normally involves manipulative adjustments.

Osteopaths have much a wider focus. We focus not only on the local site of the pain but we look at how is the whole body is functioning in relation to it.  Our goal is to understand and treat the root cause of patient’s pain, not just to treat the symptoms. We want you to achieve long-term health and well-being.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual treatment that looks and treats the body as a whole, putting it back into balance, so that it can function, heal itself and compensate optimally. We treat all parts of your body.Osteopathic treatment aids the body to perform at its best by using techniques to bring the body back to a better functioning unit. The Structures such as muscles, bones, organs, circulatory systems and immune systems are linked as it functions as one structure; the body. What an amazing piece of equipment we have! It’s like one complex machine. Therefore, learning how the body works structurally and functional, and treating it accordingly to set it where it needs to be, will give the body a chance to fix its own self up quickly and with less hassle than trying to do it on its own.

Osteopathy doesn’t only look at your body but is open to everything and anything around you. This can be your external environment, stress’s etc. Looking at the bigger picture is the key to good treatment.
Osteopathy bases itself on a few principles. These are:
1. The body is a unit. – The body is made out of several mechanisms and structures. But the all work as one.

2. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated –The Structure of your body (muscles, bones, joints) are related to the bodies functions (organs, cell function, movement etc.). Problems with structure or function can affect one another.

3. The body is capable of self-regulatory, self-healing and is capable of repairing and defending itself. – The body is an amazing machine. It has everything it needs to take on the world. It has its own soldiers to combat anything foreign that it may take as a threat. It has its own “pharmacy” which it can treat itself and repair itself. Amazing piece of machinery! By knowing this, osteopathy can use it to its own advantage, by treating the body to help treat itself better.
Osteopathy originated from a doctor in the U.S named Dr. Taylor Still. His father was also a Doctor, minister and Farmer. Dr. Taylor Still’s fascination in osteopathy was slowly developed since his childhood. As a Child he used to suffer from severe headaches. He found that by lying on his back with his neck leaning a rope eased the headache. And this triggered his thinking. Living on the farm as well helped him as it sparked his interest in anatomy from cutting sheep, cows etc. He also wanted to find another way of treatment than that which western medicine was offering (medications). It was only after the death of his three children from meningitis, in which his traditional medicine could not save, that his ambition to establish Osteopathy took off. He learned the how the structure of the body was intricately inter related, and knew that the body had its own “pharmacy”, and was able to heal itself and take care of itself. Thus he created various techniques that was used to bring the body into balance, so that the body could do the rest. In 1874, he introduced Osteopathy to the public. Other doctors who took interest assisted in teaching students. Today Osteopathy goes hand in hand with medicine in the U.S.

Are Osteopaths really doctors?

Yes, Osteopathy was developed by Doctors and in the U.S is regarded as a specialty. Osteopaths are highly educated, with 5 years of study, completing all major medical subjects, some of which include Pathology, anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, histology, neuroscience, histology, biology, embryology, pediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, spinal Anatomy, herbology, rehabilitation, cranial etc. In Australia Osteopaths complete studies which include 3 year undergraduate study and 2 years masters postgraduate study, which may include research and thesis.

Will Osteopathy interfere with other medical treatment?

It is important to tell in practitioner what you are taking and advice you are receiving. Treatment can interact with other treatments, so informing us will help tailor treatments in accordance to what else other treatments or medication you may be taking.

What do treatment plans look like at B Enhanced?

At your first consultation which may last up to one hour, your osteopath will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask questions about your medical history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes between appointments you should tell your osteopath at your next consultation. Your osteopath may also conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests to help determine how best to manage your condition. Your osteopath may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercise to do at home or work.

Follow-up appointments are usually shorter, and depending on your condition, they can take up to 25-40 minutes. Your osteopath will deliver a treatment. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and
massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues.

How many visits will it take to fix my problem?

This answer cannot be generalized. The diagnosis and treatment for each patient is individual and is determined on your current health, the extent of and severity of the condition you are presenting with. After taking a case History and examination, we will be able to tell you what it will take to treat your condition.

Do I need to keep coming back even after I feel better?

No. The body has everything it needs to look after itself and maintain itself. If you follow simple stretches and exercises and maintain your health, your body will do the rest.
Maintenance treatments may be helpful in certain circumstances. If this is the case, I usually tell my patient to read their body clock. No one understands your body like yourself. So reading your own body will tell you when you may need a treatment or not. Maintenance treatments don’t have to be at regular intervals either. You may not need treatment for months at a time. And sometimes you may need more frequent treatments. As an practitioner, my goal is to get you back to good health and see you off. I’m not in the business of getting you to come for nothing.

My pain comes and goes, sometimes without any help. Why is this?

If you read the previous question on what is Osteopathy, you will understand how amazing our body is. It has everything it needs to fix, heal and repair itself. Simply amazing!! This is why when we get injured and get pain, out body immediately goes into repair mode, trying to fix and compensate for what just happened. However, sometimes trying to fix and compensate for something can leave joints, bones and muscles still out of place. The body just works around it. In this circumstance, this parts of your body stays underlying, which can trigger later or make other parts of your body to follow suit and change its position, which may give you pains in different places.

Is Osteopathy safe?

Osteopathy is regulated and safe. In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years’ university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.

Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.

Do I need a referral?

Many patients are referred to osteopaths by their doctor, other health professionals or personal trainers. However, as osteopaths are primary care practitioners, you can make an appointment directly without a referral.

Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Management Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by workers’ compensation
schemes and motor accident insurers.

What are your fees?

Our fees are as well:

Initial Treatment – $95
Return Treatment – $75

Will treatment be covered by my insurance?

Our treatment is covered by most Private Healthcare plans.  Please check with your plan administrator specific details on coverage.

How do I pay for my treatment?

For your convenience, we accept Private Health Insurance and EFTPOS payments.

What is your cancellation policy for appointments?

If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment, we ask that you provide 24 hours notice by phone or email.