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What training do Osteopaths have?

In Australia, Osteopaths complete five years full time university training. Therefore, we are trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, Osteopathic technique, general medical and orthopaedic diagnosis.

We are government registered primary care practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral.

Our practitioners undertake continuing professional development and post graduate courses.

Do I need a referral?

You can make an appointment without a referral.

You may need a referral if you wish to consult an Osteopath under the Veterans Affairs scheme, Comcare, Workcover or Medicare CDM plan.

Is Osteopathy covered by private health insurance, Medicare, workers’ compensation, DVA or Comcare?

Yes. Osteopaths are recognised providers.
•Private health insurance – please bring your card.
•Medicare – patients approved by their GP under the CDM program:

We will require your letter of referral, Medicare card and GP’s provider number.

Osteopathic treatment can be covered by Medicare if you are eligible for the chronic disease management (CDM) care plan for chronic conditions. If eligible, you must visit your GP to formulate your plan and referral to us. This can provide you up to a maximum of five osteopathic treatments per year rebated by Medicare.  For further enquiries please speak to your GP.
•Workers’ compensation patients will require their referral paperwork.
•Comcare patients will require your case number and letter of referral.

What do I bring?

Please bring along any relevant X-rays, scans or test results that you have.

You should arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out some initial paperwork.

What do I wear?

It’s important that you feel comfortable, therefore wear a comfortable shirt and loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.

How much time do I need?

You should arrive 10 minutes early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out some initial paperwork.

Allow up to 60 minutes for your initial Osteopathic consultation and treatment.

Allow up to 30 minutes for a follow up Osteopathic consultation which will focus on the problem you have presented with (or new problems), assessment, diagnosis, treatment and/or management.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes. If you are unable to attend your scheduled appointment please provide a minimum 24 hours notice. Otherwise a non attendance fee of $40 will apply.

Do you have HICAPS?

Yes. For your convenience you can claim your private health insurance or Medicare rebate on the spot through HICAPS. Please note Medicare is unable to rebate onto credit cards.

Do you have EFTPOS?

Yes. We accept Visa and MasterCard, please note we currently do not accept American Express. Payment by cash or cheque is also welcome.

What is Dry Needling?

Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) is a type of treatment that uses fine filament needles (also referred to as acupuncture needles). TDN directly treats the neuromuscular system that affects muscle tightness, joint mobility, and symptoms of pain and irritation.  It is a therapy directly aimed at relieving muscular pain, including pain related to myofascial pain syndrome. Dry Needling involves multiple advances of an acupuncture-type needle into the ‘trigger point’ of the muscle. The aim is to achieve a local twitch response to release muscle tension and pain.

Recent research has reported that there are numerous inflammatory and pain producing chemicals at an active trigger point causing pain and dysfunction of the muscle, consequently affecting the local nerves and joints. Dry needling has been shown, when causing a local twitch response (LTR) in the active trigger point and muscle fiber, to decrease or completely reduce that spontaneous electrical activity and reduce or completely eliminate the irritating chemicals in an active trigger point. This release can immediately improve range of motion, decrease pain and improve function. Patients often feel a cramping sensation from the twitch response but then feel an immediate improvement of their symptoms.

Utilising trigger point dry needing in manual therapy practice may allow a hastened return to strengthening and exercise that results in a faster return to function and improved maintenance of that dysfunction

Physiology of trigger points

Trigger points develop in the muscle secondary to various stresses, i.e. postural, repetitive motion, psychological, or emotional. They are more likely to develop in a tissue that has neurological dysfunction likely caused by disc injuries, facet joint dysfunction, vascular compression, metabolic stress and biomechanical strains.

When muscles develop trigger points, they neurologically remain tight causing local compression of vascular, neurological and joint or biomechanical structures restricting the normal function of that tissue.

Testing active trigger points with an EMG needle has shown that there is increased spontaneous electrical activity (SEA) at this active trigger point causing the muscle to be tight. This tightness can cause limited range of joint motion resulting in a reduction of normal functional activities of the body.

Mobility disabilities and wheelchair access?

Please be aware we have a staircase to access our clinic. Therefore, if you have any concerns give us a call to discuss your needs or to make alternative arrangements.

If you require further information please speak to one of our Osteopaths today

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Contact Details

Upstairs, Suite 6
6 Lonsdale Street Braddon ACT
Ph: 02 6247 8000
Fax: 02 6247 9000

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