What is Osteopathy ?
Developed by a physician in the 19th century, osteopathy is a gentle, holistic manual medicine that balances and strengthens the joints, muscles and ligaments in the musculoskeletal system, allowing the nervous, circulatory, and lymphatic systems to function optimally.
All osteopaths must complete 5 years of training at university prior to becoming registered, and must participate in continuing professional development every year in order to maintain their registration.
Why choose us ?
Since we opened in 2008, most patients have found us via word of mouth. If you ask our patients, they will tell you that we are passionate about your recovery, and will take the time to understand and listen to your health concerns. Our philosophy is that we treat everyone like we would treat our own family, so we will go above and beyond to see that you get the results you need.
Who can benefit from Osteopathic treatment ?
Most people come to visit us because they are in pain or have had an injury. At BHCH, we treat patients from children to the elderly. We commonly see conditions such as:
Joint and muscle pain
Pregnancy related problems
And many other concerns
What does a treatment involve ?
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners, like general practitioners, which means that we are trained to perform medical clinical examinations. Your initial consultation at BHCH will take up to 60 minutes, and will include a full medial history, followed by a physical examination, which may involve some orthopaedic testing, postural examination, range of motion screening, and a palpatory examination. Osteopaths have a finely tuned sense of touch, which they use to detect areas of stress, strain or weakness, in order to find out the cause of your symptoms.
Treatment will mostly be hands on, including soft tissue techniques (ie. massage, stretching, trigger point therapy, etc), joint articulation, and joint manipulation. Other techniques that we use may include in your treatment are taping, dry needling and cupping. We usually also prescribe strengthening and stretching exercises to speed up your recovery.
What do I need to bring to a consultation ?
Your private health insurance membership card (if applicable). BHCH has HICAPS facilities, which allows you to claim on the spot.
Any past X-Rays, MRI’s or CT scans that you feel are relevant to your presentation.
You will not need a referral from a GP to visit an osteopath, but if you are eligible for the medicare EPC plan, or covered by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, please bring the referral form with you.
For all TAC and WorkSafe patients, please bring your claim number to the initial consultation. (Please note that you will need to pay for your consultation upfront, and you will be issued with a invoice to claim)
Please wear comfortable clothing, and depending on the area treated, you might need to disrobe for the treatment. You will be well covered, and a gown can be provided if necessary.
Can Osteopathy be claimed under Medicare or private health insurance ?
Box Hill Complete Health is registered with all health funds, WorkSafe, TAC, DVA, and Medicare for rebates. Sessions can be partly claimed under Medicare only if you are eligible for the Enhanced Primary Care plan for patients with complicated, chronic health issues. If you are eligible, please bring your referral to your consultation.
Please contact the clinic for more information.