Osteopathy

Osteopaths have practised in Australia since 1908, however Osteopathy has been practised internationally since 1872. Today, Osteopaths undertake five years full time study completing a double degree with national government registration.

Osteopaths assist in the recovery from pain and injury, and improve general wellbeing through gentle ‘hands on’ therapy, advice on posture, activities of daily life, exercise and diet.

Whether you are injured or sore from training for a triathlon, golf, skiing, yoga, or simply sitting at your computer too long, we strive to get to the root of the problem and work with you to solve it.

Often it is finding the weak link in the bio-mechanical chain and working towards re-education, symmetry and balance.  Stretching, strengthening body mechanics, postural awareness, and ergonomics are considered as you progress towards health and well being.

What types of problems can an Osteopath help with?

Whilst back and neck pain are the most common problems seen, Osteopathy can help with a wide range of problems including sports injuries, headaches & migraines, arthritis, pain associated with pregnancy or menstruation, jaw pain and sciatica amongst others.

What can I expect when I visit an Osteopath?

During your first consultation, your Osteopath will complete an initial health assessment, and conduct a full osteopathic and orthopaedic examination.  You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing depending on the area of body requiring treatment.  

Following an osteopathic treatment, you may be recommended to obtain further examinations e.g. x-ray or scans.  This will allow a full diagnosis and a suitable treatment plan to be developed for you.  If needed, the Osteopath may refer you to another health professional.

Your Osteopathic treatment may also incorporate Dry Needling, real time ultrasound and/or Active Release Technique (ART®).

Click here for more information on your First Visit to Hunter Health.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many clients are referred to Osteopaths by their Doctor, other health practitioners or personal trainers.  However, as Osteopaths are primary practitioners, you can make an appointment without a referral.

Can I claim for Osteopathy on my Private Health Cover?

Most private health insurance funds give rebates on osteopathic treatment.  The amount of the refund will depend on your insurance company and the plan you are on.  If your health fund is a member of HICAPS, and you have your health fund card with you, we can process your reimbursement at the time of your treatment.

Please bring your private health card with you to treatment