Your first consultation

Your practitioner will ask questions about your problem and symptoms. They may also ask about your medical history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem.

Next, your practitioner will conduct varied examinations and if necessary, clinical tests, in particular if seeing an osteopath. This may involve diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments and activities or exercises that will determine how best to manage your condition. The examination may include passive and active movements, such as the practitioner lifting your arms or legs.

Your practitioner will advise you if they can treat you or you need to be referred.

Osteopathy and myotherapy practitioners take a holistic approach to treatment, so your practitioner may look at other parts of your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your practitioner may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.

Your practitioner may also provide education and advice to help you manage your condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or work.

If your medical condition changes between appointments you should tell your practitioner at your next consultation.

Is treatment painful?

Osteopathy and myotherapy are forms of manual therapy, so hands-on treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation* (*osteopathic treatments only).

Most osteopathic and myotherapy treatments are gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your practitioner will exercise care to make you as comfortable as possible.

There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain.

Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persist or increases significantly, call your practitioner to discuss your concerns.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many patients are referred to osteopaths and myotherapists by their doctors, other health practitioners or personal trainers. However, as osteopaths and myotherapists are primary care practitioners, you can make an appointment directly without a referral.

If you have been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition and require complex care you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM) assistance. The GP must complete a special referral form to refer you to an osteopath for treatment. (CDM not valid for myotherapy referrals)

What do I need to bring?

Bring along any X-rays, scans, reports or test results that you may have. Depending on the area of your body requiring examination, your practitioner may ask you to undress to your underwear. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring a pair of stretchy gym shorts to change into. You may bring a chaperone if you wish. Plan to attend along with your child if your child is the patient.

Am I required to arrive early for my first appointment?

Yes you should arrive early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out initial paperwork.

Why am I asked to complete paperwork?

The practitioner will need to record your medical history to assist in discussing treatment options.

Under the law, osteopaths and myotherapists need to obtain your approval to treat you, so you may be asked to sign an ‘informed consent’ form.

What should I wear?

It’s important that you feel comfortable, so wear a comfortable shirt and loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into. We also provide shorts if they are needed.

Do I have to remove my clothes?

Depending on the area of your body requiring treatment, your practitioner may ask you to undress to your underwear. If this is the case you will be offered to undress in privacy and covered with a towel.

Can I bring a friend or relative?

Yes, of course, you can have someone present throughout your consultation and treatment.

What if my condition changes over time?

It is important you tell your practitioner if your medical condition changes over time. This includes any new injuries or change of medications.

How long will my appointment take?

For myotherapy treatments, your initial consultation may last up to 60 minutes. For osteopathic treatments, your initial consultation may last 40 - 60 minutes. This will enable your practitioner to take a thorough history, examine and depending upon your condition and appropriateness treat you.

Follow-up treatments are usually shorter. Please check appointment length when booking.

How many appointments will I need?

This depends on your condition. Generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after one or two visits. Long term or chronic conditions may require more treatment.

Your practitioner will discuss this with you.

Are there additional investigations or treatments?

Following treatment, your practitioner may decide that additional investigations are required.

If receiving osteopathic care, your osteopath may refer you on for further testing such as X-ray, scans or blood tests or to another health professional.