Osteopathy FAQ - Appointment
Will I need a referral from my GP to see an Osteopath?
o. Come on in, you can see our osteopaths without a referral from your GP. If you have a chronic medical condition, you might be eligible for Medicare rebates under a Chronic Disease Management Plan, in which case your GP will complete a special form and provide a referral for you to see an Osteopath.
What should I bring to my first osteopathy appointment?
If you have any relevant scans, x-rays or medical information, bring this along to your first consultation to discuss with your osteopath.
Should I get there early for my initial appointment?
Yes please! Come into our Robina clinic a little earlier so we can get all your details and complete the necessary paperwork before you begin your treatment.
Why do I need to fill in paperwork?
Osteopathy is a primary health care service. To best provide treatment and tailored management plan, Osteopaths will go through all your medical history in order to have a better understanding of your current health and discuss how osteopathy could assist.
How long should I expect to be at my osteopathy appointments?
Your first appointment at the osteo should take between 45-60 minutes, as this allows time for chatting about your medical history and a thorough examination and assessment
Is Osteopathy painfull?
Osteopathy is a gentle manual therapy, which shouldn’t cause pain. You might need treatment on areas of your body that are sore or tender but your osteopath will work with you to manage that as best as possible and keep you comfortable.
How often will I need to go to the osteopath?
The frequency of appointments is determined by your individual needs and condition. Mostly, you may see results after your first treatment. Chronic conditions can take longer and may require more treatments. Your osteopath will chat with you about your goals and progress, and plan accordingly.
Osteopathy FAQ - Treatment
What do I need to wear to my osteo appointments?
It’s best to wear comfortable clothes that you can move around easily in. Loose pants, shorts and shirt are best. Bring some clothes to change into if you need.
Will I need to get undressed or take off my clothes at all?
Usually not, however this depends on what area on your body requires treatment. If you do need to undress to your underwear, your osteo will provide you with a gown. During the session your practitioner will always ensure you are comfortable.
Can a support person be with me at my treatment?
Yes, absolutely. Bring a relative or friend to your consultation if you would like to.
What can I expect at my first appointment?
At your initial consultation, you can expect the following:
What if things change and my condition gets worse or better?
It is important to advise your osteopath of any changes in your condition, including any new pain, discomfort or injuries and any medications you start taking. Our Osteopaths are available to talk to their clients over the phone in between treatments if you have any questions.