Osteopaths consider each person as an individual. On your first visit, Mark will spend time taking a detailed medical history, including information about your lifestyle and diet. You will normally be asked to change into a gown and perform a series of simple movements.
Osteopaths use their hands to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of a body, and to assess areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain. By this means, Mark will make a full diagnosis and discuss with you the most appropriate treatment plan, estimating the likely number of sessions needed to treat your condition effectively.
The first treatment generally lasts about 45 minutes (to allow for case history taking and diagnosis) and subsequent treatments tend to last around half an hour. Mark may also offer added exercises and health advice, to help reduce the symptoms and improve your health and quality of life.
Mark should make you feel at ease during your consultation and explain everything that is happening. Do ask questions at any time if you are unsure or have any concerns.
If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment through Hicaps.
Is referral from a GP necessary?
Most patients ‘self refer’ to an osteopath for treatment. Although referral by a GP is not necessary, patients are encouraged to keep both their GP and osteopath fully informed, so that their medical records are current and complete and the patient receives the best possible care from both healthcare practitioners.
If you have a chronic condition, it may be a good idea to chat with your GP about whether you qualify for a health care plan.