Commonly Asked Questions

What kind of problems do osteopaths treat?
How can osteopathy help you?
What are the osteopathic principles and philosophy?
Is osteopathy covered by medicare?
Do I need to undress for the osteopathic assessment and treatment?


What kind of problems do osteopaths treat?

The most common type of complaints presenting to osteopaths are musculoskeletal including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Postural problems
  • Sporting injuries including muscle strains and joint sprains
  • Joint pain
  • Repetitive sprain injuries
  • Headaches
  • TMJ pain (jaw)
  • Muscular imbalances

Osteopaths will also treat and help the symptoms associated with other conditions such as:

  • Sinus pain
  • Gynaecological conditions
  • Babies presenting with colic or reflux

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How can osteopathy help you?

Osteopaths are wholistic, meaning we treat your whole body. We are not focused on the site of pain but rather the cause of the pain, thereby helping you to heal properly and not symptomatically. We treat the person, not the condition. You will have your treatment specifically designed for you.

Call us for an appointment today:
Southside Osteopathic Clinic (Gardenvale)  - (03) 9530 6449
Kew Osteopathic Clinic – (03) 9857 0599

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What are the osteopathic principles and philosophy?

The osteopathic philosophy encompasses 4 principles:

  1. The body is a unit – optimum functioning of each part of the body is ideal for the entire body, function of one part of the body will affect another.
  2. The body has self regulating mechanisms – the body has systems in place to protect and repair itself from outside injury eg. mechanical or toxic) and still where possible maintain homeostasis.
  3. Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated – for example impaired function of the musculoskeletal system eg. Spinal segment strain with associated nerve irritation can contribute to stress in an internal organ (one supplied by the corresponding spinal nerve). Conversely the opposite can occur whereby a stressed organ eg. Asthmatic lungs may have an effect on the corresponding vertebral segments which nerves supply the lungs.
  4. The preceding 3 principles are used in practice by osteopathic practitioners when treating patients.

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Is osteopathy covered by medicare?

Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds if you are covered with extras. It is also covered by the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care scheme for which you need a GP referral. The osteopaths at our clinic are also registered providers for Workers’Compensation, TAC and Veteran Affairs.

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Do I need to undress for the osteopathic assessment and treatment?

Depending on your presenting complaint, we may need to ask you to remove either your top or bottoms so we can assess you properly (of course leaving your underwear on). However, if for religious or other reasons you prefer not to please discuss this with your osteopath at the time of your appointment.

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