FAQ

For queries that have not been covered here or if you would like to discuss how this treatment approach may benefit you, please email us or call the clinic on 5562 2556.

 

What we do best.

At the initial consultation we take a detailed health history asking questions about your complaint and your past health. We use this information together with necessary postural and movement assessment to form a diagnosis. The treatment approach is then individually tailored according to these findings. 

 

With years of training and experience in our hands, we use our palpation skills to balance muscles, joints, fascia and supporting connective tissue. Techniques we use include muscle release techniques, myofascial balancing, positional realignment, joint articulation and joint manipulation. We compliment the treatment with postural correction advice and targeted strengthening and stretching exercises: the tools for more lasting benefit to keep you on track. 

 

Often people feel benefit from treatment after the first or second consult. Treatment results build with each treatment and as your body gets more accustomed to the treatment. Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to post-exercise soreness. If this persists make sure you tell us. We may need to modify our approach with your body.

Do you need a referral?

You don’t need a referral from a GP unless your under a Chronic Management Plan or Veteran Affairs. Some patients with chronic conditions may be eligible for a Chronic Management Plan (CMP) through Medicare. This requires a specific referral from your GP. A CMP provides a partial rebate for the cost of up to 5 treatments annually. Please arrange this or a Veteran Affairs referral with your GP prior to treatment.

 

How to make an appointment

Book online at your convenience using the link on our home page or phone us at  Coastal Osteopathy on

5562 2556. Your also welcome to email us at coastalosteo@gmail.com if you'd like to ask if Osteopathy may benefit you.  We ask that you notify us within 24 hours if you need to change your appointment as a cancellation fee of  $50 applies.

 

How long are consultations?

We allow 40 minutes for your initial consult. It takes time get a clear picture of your health. Subsequent consults are closer to 30 minutes.

 

How many treatments will I need? 

This will depend on the complexity and duration of your condition. We will be able to form a treatment plan and discuss this with you at the initial consult. The treatment plan will map out the number of treatments required and the frequency of treatment for best results. Longer-term complaints generally require a lengthier course or more frequent treatments. 

 

Is treatment covered by health funds?

Both osteopathy and acupuncture are covered under extras cover with most health funds. Contact your health fund to find out your level of cover. Bring your health fund card with you to the consult to claim the rebate. 

 

What are the payment options?

Payment for the treatment is required on the day. We accept cash, cheque, EFTPOS and

credit card (except AMEX).  

 

What should I wear for treatment?

It is helpful if you wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing for treatment. This may mean you bring some appropriate clothes so you can change beforehand. Clothing with easy access to skin on your lower legs and arms is best. These are common sites for acupuncture points. A singlet top and shorts are ideal.  

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complete health modality in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) model. Its practice requires a thorough understanding and application of the TCM principles. This means that points chosen for treatment may be local as well as distant to the site of your complaint. For best results the points are stimulated for up to 30 minutes. Practitioners are required to undergo University training in order to register in Australia and use the title Acupuncturist.

 

Dry needling is based on inserting needles into trigger points specifically for muscular release. The theory is based on Western medicine understanding of anatomy and neurophysiology. It is localized treatment to a trigger point site that can take seconds. Training can be undertaken in a day by any manual therapist. Acupuncture needles are used when delivering dry needling.