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Frequently Asked Questions

At West Perth Osteopathy, it is our mission to treat everyone as though they were members of our own family

No. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard neurological, orthopaedic, cardiovascular and respiratory system examination.

Yes. Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds, depending on your table of cover. It is best to call your fund to double-check your cover status before booking your appointment if unsure. Osteopaths are also registered providers for the Medicare Enhanced Primary Care programme, DVA programme, Workers’ Compensation, and Motor Vehicle Insurance Commission.

Allow 1 hour for initial appointments, and 30 minutes for follow up appointments. Initially, this enables the Osteopath to ask you about the details of your current complaint, full medical history as well as perform a thorough physical examination, including observation and palpation to form a diagnosis and treatment plan. After discussing the findings, diagnosis and treatment approach with you, appropriate comprehensive treatment will be given. You will receive treatment at your first consultation.
You will need to bring a pair of shorts so that your Osteopath can properly assess your whole posture. Your Osteopath may find that your symptoms have an underlying cause that may initially seem unrelated. You may find that you have multiple symptoms that actually have the same causal link!
You will need to bring a completed New Patient Form to your first appointment. Filling this in prior to your appointment time will ensure maximum treatment during your appointment. You may also like to bring with you any relevant x-rays/imagery, reports, or letters – but these are not required.
Yes, unless we feel that you need an immediate medical referral.
Your Osteopath will design a treatment plan, which is specific to your needs. This will involve a variety of hands-on Osteopathic techniques which may include soft tissue and stretching techniques, gentle mobilization and manipulation, Functional technique and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Your body type, duration, and severity of symptoms, previous health history, and of course your preferences are all taken into consideration. You will also be given advice on exercise, posture and other lifestyle habits to enhance your treatment outcome. On subsequent consultations, re-evaluation will be carried out to check the effectiveness of the Osteopathic care provided and if there is a need to modify the diagnosis or treatment.

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