Physiotherapists, Chiropractors and Osteopaths all take a slightly different approach to treatment, so it can be difficult to know which one might be right for you.
There are probably more crossovers than differences in how each therapist treats. Each different therapist will approach things from a slightly different perspective but we all have the same aim: to decrease pain and fix an injury, using a drug free and non invasive approach to improve physical health and wellbeing.
Physiotherapists specialise in the diagnosis, management and prevention of movement disorders. The aim of physiotherapy is to rehabilitate and improve a person’s ability to move and function.
Chiropractors will generally treat pain and altered body alignment related problems using manipulation of the joints (adjustments), either of the spine or the limbs.
Osteopaths use techniques to influence joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organ’s function, so Osteopaths try to have an all-encompassing “big picture” approach to diagnosis and management.
Regardless which therapist you end up choosing, remember that you have to feel comfortable with the treatment and go with what works for you.
No. As Osteopaths are primary care practitioners, you can make an appointment directly without a referral. Although if you are claiming insurance, some policies require that you see your GP/surgeon first. Please check the protocol with your insurers.
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.
Depending on the area of your body requiring examination, your Osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It is essential that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring a pair of stretchy gym shorts to change into. But don’t worry if you do not have the right attire. We have shorts and t-shirts available for you to wear at the clinic.
Some people experience slight discomfort with certain techniques and you might feel a little stiff or sore after the treatment for up to a couple of days. This is a perfectly normal response to the treatment. At all stages of your treatment, your Osteopath will tell you what to expect.
Your initial consultation will last 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 will last around 30-45 minutes.
This depends on your condition. Long term (chronic) conditions may require more clinical management than short term (acute) conditions. Your Osteopath will discuss this with you, based on your individual needs.
In general, you may feel some change within 2-3 treatments for an acute condition. For chronic conditions you might need 4 to 10 visits.
Following treatment and depending on your condition, your Osteopath may decide that additional investigations such as X-ray, scans or blood tests are needed. Your Osteopath may refer you to another health professional or to your GP.
We accept all medical insurance if Osteopathy is covered on your policy. However, we do not claim directly on your behalf, but will provide you with a receipt with which you may claim back the cost of treatment from your provider.
Yes, you are welcome to bring a friend or relative with you.
If a baby or young child or teenager is being treated, the parent or guardian will be required to stay in the room during treatment.
If you have any doubts about the suitability of osteopathic treatment for yourself or questions about osteopathic treatment, please call us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Yes. Gentle osteopathic techniques are safe at all stages of pregnancy. However due to the delicate nature of pregnancy during the first trimester and based upon clinical reasoning, your Osteopath might have to stop or alter the treatment.
Next Health & Fitness practice a cancellation policy of 12 hours. For all appointments, late cancellation (less than 12 hours before session) or no-shows will be charged as if you attended.
Note: Cancellation is to be done by telephone or email within our operating hours.