New osteopath patients
You will find us at 2/486 Whitehorse Road, Surrey Hills.
What to bring
- Any recent X-rays, scans or test results that you may have
- Health care details
- Payment is required directly after the appointment
What to wear
It’s important that you feel comfortable, so please wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into. Depending on your treatment, you may need to undress to your underwear. We have gowns available for added comfort.
Your initial consultation may last up to one hour. This will enable us to take your thorough history, examine and treat you. Follow-up treatments take approximately 30 minutes.
For the first visit, please arrive early, as you will need to fill out some paperwork. Under the law, we need to obtain your approval to treat you, so you will be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form.
During the consultation
During your first consultation we will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. We may also ask questions about your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem. If your medical condition changes during the course of your osteopathic treatment, you should let us know.
Next, we will conduct a full osteopathic examination and if necessary, clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises, which will help determine how best to manage your condition.
The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the osteopath lifting your arms or legs. As osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, we may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you.
We may provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between treatments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.
Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly call us to discuss your concerns.
Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits; however, some long-term or chronic conditions may require a longer course or more frequent treatment. If you have any concerns, we will be happy to discuss these with you.
For further information about osteopathy go to www.osteopathy.org.au