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Appointments cost $80 or $45 for ACC funded appointments. We are able to initiate ACC claims.
The number of treatments required can vary and will be discussed on the first visit, as part of your initial consultation. While a series of 6 treatments can look expensive, the aim is to remove the cause of the problem not just relieve symptoms. So the need to continually return is reduced.
If circumstances dictate that aggravating factors cannot be removed, such as an activity at work or a pre-existing condition, then a maintenance approach may be preferable. Again, this will be discussed during the first consultation.
ACC claims are for injuries, so please contact us to see if you are covered. You do not need to see the GP first.
An appointment for a small animal seen in the clinic is $50. Large animals start at $120. Please contact Chris for more information.
You are more than welcome to bring a baby or child while you have a consultation. We have lots of toys and games to play with. Sometimes it’s good to see both of you anyway.
Gentle techniques are more frequently used and generally you do not need to undress. However, during your first appointment it is helpful for the practitioner for you to undress to your underwear if you feel comfortable to do so. Clothing that is loose and comfortable is best rather than skirts, tight skinny jeans or a shirt and tie.
The title osteopath is a bit misleading. "Osteo" does mean bone, although 4 to 5 years are spent studying all the tissues of the body including every muscle, viscera, ligament, nerve and artery! Nobody really knows why the founder A.T Still decided on the title Osteopath. He did, however, feel that it didn't really explain the scope of an Osteopath.
One possible explanation is that osteopaths tend to use the bones as handles to lever our gentle adjustments. A point worth making is that our bones are not dead but in fact very alive and have a large blood and nerve supply, meaning easing tension in and between bones can have a profound improvement to the health of a person. So bones, muscle, ligaments, livers, eyes, large intestines and even little toes are treated, to name a few!
This has also been answered this question in the Cranial Osteopathy post.
If you have been to see an Osteopath and they spent most of the time gently holding your head you may have lay there wondering what they were doing and why you were paying good money, then you have been to see a cranial Osteopath. Sadly they didn't explain what they were doing.
It is a difficult thing to explain. Cranial osteopathy can occur on many levels; treatment can be focused on the bones and joints, the fluid in our bodies or the vitality, chi or energy present within all of us. We generally use a combination of cranial techniques, sitting quietly holding a part of the body we feel needs adjusting. Then with our hands, we listen and listen, sensing movement of a rhythm which is not breathing or a heartbeat, but a deeper expansion or contraction.
If there is a restriction of this movement, we gently unwind it or allow the tension to unwind at the appropriate level. The art of treatment is knowing when to do something and when to give the problem some "space" and allow it to unwind itself. The amount of movement that is palpated is about 0.5mm which seems tiny, but is roughly the same amount that can be felt when a piece of food is trapped between our teeth. Osteopaths have hands that are trained to feel the same amount of movement all through our bodies. It takes time to acquire this skill and Margi and Chris have been treating this way for over 15 years.
Babies need to see us for all kinds of reasons. Very gentle cranial techniques are used to treat babies. Osteopaths have an understanding of the demands pregnancy and labour can take on the mother as well as the baby, which is why we like to see both after the baby is born.
If you have been seen during your pregnancy, your baby gets a free checkup. This is a gift to a new arrival in the world.
If I had a dollar for every time Ive been asked this question!
Now we can direct everybody to the website!
This answer is both simple and complex.
The easy answer is not much and you could visit any of them for common musculoskeletal aches and pains. The difficult answer is a lot and each modality has its strengths and weaknesses.
Traditionally, Osteopaths were concerned with the flow of blood to and from the affected area; they adjusted joints to improve blood flow and fluid drainage. Chiropractors were more concerned with the nerve supply to the tissues. Now both professions realise the importance of both.
Chiropractors these days are more concerned with the position of the spinal vertebrae and use X-rays to determine a subluxation (incorrect position of vertebrae) of the spine, which in turn affects the spinal nerve.
Physiotherapists measure range of motion, and use specific muscle tests to determine weaknesses in muscles. They will often prescribe to exercises to strengthen muscle groups and will use ultrasound, physical therapy and strapping to aid the healing process.
Osteopaths take a holistic approach to each individual patient. They constantly make assessments and alter treatment, if required, to improve the function of all tissues in the body and the wellbeing of the patient. The profession is taught as a science and practiced as an art.
A major strength of osteopathy is that no two patients are the same. Everybody who walks into the clinic is assessed as an individual even with the most common complaint, low back pain. Treatment is tailored to the person's problem at that time.