Do I need a referral?
No, Osteopaths Physiotherapists and Massage Therapists are trained to be Primary Care Practitioners and therefore a referral from your GP is not required. Your Clinician may need to liaise with your GP regarding your situation. However, your permission will always be obtained before this occurs.
What should I bring?
If you have downloaded the Initial Consultation Form, please fill it in and bring it along with you to your first appointment. If not, please arrive 10mins early to allow time to fill in the form before your appointment begins.
If you have any x-rays, scans or MRI films/reports bring them along to your first appointment.
What can I expect?
At your first appointment, your clinician will ask you about your health and medical history. They will also take a detailed history of your current condition or complaint. This information is very important and ensures that a safe and effective treatment plan can be developed to address your individual needs.
You may be asked to remove some of your clothing to allow assessment of your posture and body mechanics. Gowns are provided for each appointment.
Your clinician will then examine you. This may involve testing the actions and/or strength of different body parts and palpation (using the hands to feel) to help identify the problem area/s.
Your clinician may recommend that you have some x-rays or other investigations however this is not done for every person and will only be recommended if your situation requires it.
What does treatment involve?
Our clinicians use a wide variety of hands on techniques to treat the body. Treatment may consist of stretching, soft tissue work, joint manipulation and fascial techniques among others.
Sometimes exercises or stretches may be given for you to complete at home or work. You may also be advised on strategies to help reduce the strain on your body at work and home. This may include suggestions regarding lifestyle or environmental factors which may be impacting on your condition.
We ask for 4 hours notice if cancelling or re-scheduling an appointment. Cancellations with less than 4 hours notice or non-attendance to a scheduled appointment may result in an $80 cancellation fee being charged.