What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic, physical therapy, which views health in terms of the whole person. Improving movement of the body and reducing tension in muscles subsequently increases blood flow and allows the body to heal itself.
The human body is a perfect synchronicity of structure and function. Pain in your back may be coming from an old ankle injury. Pain in your neck might be coming from your lower back as your body seeks to compensate for restriction in the lower back and pushes tension up the body. Being treated by osteopath unravels that chain of dysfunction from the ankle up to the lower back or from your lower back up to the neck.
Osteopaths take a full medical history and ask questions about work and lifestyle to figure out what is impacting on you health. Postural correction, addressing historical injuries and advising on lifestyle habits are all part of what osteopaths do. Dr Felicity Marguin of Waverley will help you achieve optimal health.
Osteopathy Relief and Treatment
No, you can make an appointment directly with Dr. Felicity Marguin without a referral. Under certain schemes you may need 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 (PDF, 201kb) to refer you to an osteopath for treatment.
Although there are not many conditions that require diagnostic imaging before a first appointment, if you have any X-rays, scans, diagnostic imaging, test results or reports for your injury or condition, bring them along.
Please come 5-10 minutes before your appointment to fill out the paperwork.
Dr. Felicity Marguin will need to record your medical history to assist in making a diagnosis and discussing your treatment options. This may involve completing a survey, questionnaire, or self report for pain or function scores. You will also be asked to give your residential address and other relevant contact information.
Under the law, an osteopath needs to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form. The osteopath will also discuss consent and any limitations to your consent on each occasion they provide an assessment to or treat you, in case your circumstances and health information change between visits.
Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. If you’re comfortable with taking off your clothes (leaving your underwear on)women will be supplied with a gown.
Yes, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.
If a baby or young child or is being treated, the parent or guardian will be required to stay in the room during treatment.
Teenagers may be requested to have a parent or guardian present in a consultation. Discuss this with the clinic and your osteopath before your appointment.
Your osteopath will ask about your problem and symptoms. This will include your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. Your osteopath will advise you if they can treat you or you need to be referred to another health practitioner.
Your osteopath will conduct an examination and clinical tests. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, movement and postural assessments, which determine how best to manage your condition.
Osteopaths provide a broad range of treatments. Osteopaths provide manual therapy, needling, lifestyle interventions, and recommend equipment to help you manage your condition and function.
The examination may include passive and active movements. The osteopath may lift your arms or legs and you may be asked to bend over, or be asked to perform an activity. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear and clothing. Osteopathy takes a whole of body approach to assessment and clinical management, so your osteopath may look at the area that is troubling you, as well as other parts of your body. For example if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
If your injuries do require treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible. Unfortunately some conditions are painful and may be tender during movement, stretching or treatment.
There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.
You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.
Your initial consultation may last around 45 minutes. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, to examine you and depending upon your condition, to treat you. Follow-up treatments are approximately 40 minutes.
This depends on your condition. Long term or chronic conditions may require more clinical management than acute or short term conditions. Your osteopath will discuss this with you, based on your individual needs. In general, you may feel some change within 2-3 treatments.
Initial and subsequent appointments are $120.00.
Yes, if your health plan covers Osteopathy. Bring your health fund card and we’ll swipe the card and you pay the gap. If you forget your health fund card, we can issue you a health fund receipt and you can claim online or on the health fund app.
Depending on what your symptoms are and what she observes, Felicity may decide you need some imaging or may refer you to another health professional or your GP.