What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which predominantly focuses on the treatment of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system including but not limited to: muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The underpinning principles of Osteopathy revolve around the notion that the body possesses self healing mechanisms, in which tissue structure/anatomy determines its function. Osteopaths assess conditions broadly, often looking above or below the pain site to find the root cause of your pain.
Osteopaths employ techniques such as: muscle massage/stretching, joint movement/manipulation, dry-needling as well as exercise rehabilitation to help you feel, move and stay well.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteo?
No. Osteopaths in Australia are primary healthcare practitioners which means that you are able to visit them without a referral from your doctor. Your Osteopath is however able to refer you to a doctor or other allied health services such as Imaging houses if indicated.
Conditions we treat at The Osteo Room Melton:
What's the cost to see an Osteo at TOR Melton?
Your initial investment to see an Osteopath is $150 for 1 hour. This is longer than the industry standard and is designed to gather as much meaningful information about you and your issue as possible to ensure a successful management plan is developed.
Extended return consults are $115 for 45 minutes whilst standard return consults are $95 for 30 minutes. The type of return consultation will be determined by your practitioner specifically to the needs of your complaint.
Can I use Private Health Insurance?
Yes. On the spot private health rebates are available through our secure online payment platform Medipass. Just bring your card along to your Initial appointment!
*Not all private health companies are registered for on the spot, online claiming. If this is the case, you will need to pay for the consult in full and an invoice will be sent to you after your appointment for you to claim back through your provider
Do you accept Medicare?
Yes. If your Family Doctor has determined that you are suitable for a Team Care Arrangement (TCA)/Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan than you are entitled to up to 5 subsidised Osteopathy visits. You will be required to pay 'The Gap' between the cost of your consultation less the Medicare rebate of $58.
For more information please speak to your Family Doctor or visit: https://www1.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/health-medicare-allied-health-brochure.htm
What do I wear to my appointment?
Please wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes to your appointment. Wear what you would to go to the gym or to exercise. It is likely that your practitioner will ask you to perform movements and exercises during your appointment.
It is common place for you to be asked by your practitioner to remove your t-shirt or pants to expose your skin as this will allow for the adequate assessment, diagnosis and treatment of your condition. Please note that you DO NOT have to remove clothing if you are uncomfortable, just speak with your practitioner!
Female clients, please wear a traditional brassiere with a clip (not sports bras/crop tops) as this will adequately expose the back for treatment and avoid damaging your clothing with massage cream.