South Eastern Osteopathy | FAQ’s
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What is Osteopathy?
The modern roots of osteopathy date back to 1872. Dr. A.T. Still, a physician, believed that the body contained all the elements necessary for its own healing and that much of the pain and disability we suffer stems from abnormalities in our bodies structure and function.

Osteopaths diagnose and treat problems with muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints to help the body heal.

Treatment involves gentle, manual techniques – easing pain, reducing swelling and improving mobility. Osteopaths also offer you personal advice on stretching and strengthening exercises, posture, workergonomics and stress management.


Osteopathy is based on unique biomechanical principles and is now widely recognised throughout the world as one of the most scientifically validated and effective complementary therapies.


Do I need a referral ?
No. It is not necessary to have a doctor’s referral to consult an Osteopath. However, there are increasing numbers of general practitioners referring patients to Osteopaths and it is often necessary to consult with the patients doctor.
Osteopaths will also refer patients to appropriate diagnostic examinations and/or other specialists, when necessary.


What training does an osteopath undergo?
Osteopathic training requires the completion of a minimum of five years study at univeristy including a two year Master of Osteopathy.

All Osteopaths must be registered with the Osteopaths registration board of Queensland, regulated Federally by the Minister of Health.
The main representative body is the Australian Osteopathic Association, which deals with issues specific to the profession, ie legislation and continual development.


Who can benefit from Osteopathic treatment?
Osteopathic treatment is most commonly sought for musculo-skeletal problems such as:
• Postural and mobility problems
• Back and neck pain
• Joint pain
• Sports injuries
• Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
• Migraines
• Jaw pain
• Sciatica
• Whiplash
• Carpal tunnel
• Knee pain
• Plus more
Osteopathic treatment can also help with problems such as:
• Breathing difficulties
• Digestive problems (eg bloating)
• Gynaecological problems
• Babies with colic
• Pain during and after pregnancy


How many treatments will I need?
You should expect results within 2-4 treatments for simple uncomplicated injuries. It is important to note that the number of treatments required is influenced by numerous factors such as severity of the injury, individual response to treatment, chronic pre-existing injuries and other external factors such as work and social influences.


Can I claim with my private health insurance?
HICAPS processing is available for osteopathic treatments, so you can claim the health fund rebate immediately, allowing you to simply pay the gap fee.


Do you accept DVA Cards?
Department of Veteran Affairs card holders may be entitled to have their osteopathic treatments fully subsidised. Please contact your general medical practitioner for a doctor’s referral.


Can I claim my treatment on medicare?
Medicare rebates for your osteopathic consultations are available with a referral from your general medical practitioner for people with chronic conditions and complex care needs, under the “enhanced primary care” scheme. Payment will be required at the time of treatment with a receipt issued to allow you to claim part or all of the consultation fee.


Do Osteopaths treat work injuries?
Yes, Osteopaths are able to treat third-party patients or those involved in a work cover claim.


Osteo vs Chiro vs Physio?
The main difference between osteopathy and other manual therapies is the underlying principle that all of the body’s systems are interrelated. Osteopaths therefore tend to treat the body more completely,use a vast array of techniques and generally conduct longer treatments than most manual therapists.


What will happen during my first treatment?
See Treatment section of this site.


For more information or to arrange an appointment,
please call 07 5607 0100 or email
Katrina Champion & Mark Papallo – your osteopath on the Gold Coast