What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is an allied health profession that manages the human body as one integrated unit and identifies the cause of pain, injury and movement discrepancy rather than just the region of symptoms alone. Osteopaths are trained to diagnose musculoskeletal conditions and can examine some medical aspects of health (for safety and general health considerations) such as neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems and then refer to other health professionals where necessary. The modern osteopath incorporates manual therapy with the relevant rehabilitation and advice into an overall management plan of each client that is tailored to suit their specific needs and goals.

What should I expect during my initial consultation?

During your first visit a detailed history will be taken, including medical history, any medications you are taking and other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem but are important from a medico-legal perspective. All information will be taken in the strictest of confidence. You may be asked to remove some clothing so that a physical assessment can be completed. This will include static and dynamic examinations to assess how your whole body relates mechanically to your complaint and will require a hands-on approach from your osteopath. The examination will then focus on the region which appears to be causing the problem and your osteopath can diagnose accordingly. After this, treatment, rehabilitation, advice and education will be provided as per necessary to assist in your needs and goals relating to your diagnosis and the underlying cause. Following this, your osteopath will discuss with you whether you require follow-up consultations, your management plan and any relevant healing times for your pain or injury.

Where and when necessary, we can arrange a referral for specialist investigations such as an X-Ray, CT, Ultrasound or MRI scans, and obtain the necessary reports before discussing them with you. These investigations may assist the diagnosis, enabling a suitable management plan to be developed with you. There may be some benefit in certain circumstances to attain these via your GP, however we can discuss and direct you in such cases.

What conditions do osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths treat any musculoskeletal condition, but more common ones include:

  • Lower back pain, disc injuries, “sciatica”
  • Neck pain
  • Middle and upper back pain, rib pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sports injuries – joint sprains (e.g. ankle, A-C joint), ligament tears (e.g. ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL injuries), meniscus tears, shoulder after relocation
  • Pre- and post-surgery (prehab and rehab)
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, stiffness in joints, muscle weakness
  • Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder
  • Knee and hip joint pain
  • Ankle, elbow and wrist pain
  • Tendinopathy, bursitis
  • Pregnancy related conditions – pelvic, lower back problems
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Golfer’s and tennis elbow
  • Postural and computer-related problems
  • Whiplash

Our Services

Ranges Osteopathy and Performance offer a wide range of osteopathic services to treat your health problems, enhance your performance, and improve your overall quality of life.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is one of the most common questions we are asked. There are some similarities between the three modalities both in conditions treated and in some of the techniques used. The main differences are found in the philosophies behind each modality and how the principles of treatment are applied.

The main principles of Osteopathy are that the body is a unit and that the structure and function of the body are interrelated. This means that damage to one area of the body can affect other regions of the body. Osteopaths aim to identify, treat and manage the cause of injury/pain/movement discrepancy so that the resulting symptoms are reduced efficiently. Our treatment techniques are hands-on, management and rehabilitation are practical and all are specifically tailored to your condition/injury/pain/movement discrepancy and your medical history.

Osteopaths in Australia had previously undertaken 5 years (now 4.5 years) of full-time tertiary education at university. This consists of a 3-year Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and 2-year (now 1.5 year) Master of Health Science (Osteopathy).

Osteopaths in Australia are required by law to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and complete 25 hours of continued professional development annually.

The majority of osteopaths in Australia are registered with Osteopathy Australia who is the peak body representing the interests of osteopaths, osteopathy as a profession and consumer rights to access osteopathic services in Australia.

No, you can make an appointment directly with us without a referral.

Under certain schemes you may benefit from a referral. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic health condition and require complex care, you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.

Osteopathy is covered under the extras cover of most major health insurers. We offer instant rebates via HICAPS and the rebate varies depending on your health insurer, so check the details of your policy.
Osteopathic treatment can be covered by Medicare if you are eligible for the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) care plan (see a previous FAQ). You can be eligible for this if you are suffering from a chronic medical complaint. If you are eligible, you will need to consult your GP who will write up a referral. You can receive a maximum of five osteopathic consultations per year under this Medicare-supported scheme. CDM referrals will be billed at our standard consultation fee, then the rebate that you are entitled to will be reimbursed accordingly, which will result in a net gap fee at the conclusion of this process. Please bring your referral letter (if not already received by us), Medicare card and credit/debit card or cash for the payment and claim.
For initial and long consultations please allow 45-60 minutes. Return appointments are 30 minutes. This includes all services offered, however some may require a long consultation depending on the goal of the consultation. This should be discussed with us prior to the appointment if you are uncertain.

Osteopathic consults – Osteopaths perform a detailed physical examination of the body to identify the problem. You may be asked by the Osteopath to dress down to your underwear so please ensure you dress comfortably and appropriately.

Movement assessment, exercise rehabilitation and strength & conditioning consults – Please bring loose fitting clothing or active wear and shoes that you can perform exercise in as well as a towel.

Ensure to bring a change of appropriate clothing if you are not already wearing this. Bring a list of medications and supplements (with dosage and frequency of use) that you take if you tend to forget these.

You can bring any previous imaging, rehabilitation programs and strength & conditioning programs that you have in relation to the reason you are attending our clinic and your osteopath will use these as per necessary (with your consent).

If you have received a referral from your GP for Medicare assisted consultations, please bring this with you unless we have received this already prior to your attendance.

It is advisable to arrive 10 minutes early to your initial consultation as you will be required to fill out a new patient form and sign an informed consent form.

You should also arrive 5 minutes early for your subsequent consultations to ensure punctuality and efficiency within the clinic.

No, however some osteopaths are further trained to treat babies, infants and toddlers. We do treat children of various backgrounds including sport and are trained accordingly. At ROAP, each practitioner holds a Working With Children Check. If your child requires our services then please contact us and we can inform you if we are the most appropriate clinic to suit your needs.

It’s easy to get started

Ranges Osteopathy and Performance offer a wide range of osteopathic services to treat your health problems, enhance your performance, and improve your overall quality of life.

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Book a consultation where you can talk about your health, injury, pain and goals.

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Attend your consultation where your osteopath will tailor a management and treatment plan specific to your needs.

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Your osteopath will treat and guide you as you perform each session on your management plan.

Step 4

Enjoy the benefits of achieving each goal as you progress towards reaching new heights in your health and performance.

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