FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who should see an Osteopath?
Osteopaths treat people of all ages, across all economic and social spectrums and ethnicities.
Patients seek treatment for a wide range of conditions, such as back and neck pain, headaches and sciatica. The need for treatment can arise from injury, as a result of aging, repetitive use of limbs or misalignment of the spine.
Making sure the spine and nervous system are working in harmony for good health is just as important for a newborn baby as it is for a senior citizen.
Indeed the benefits of Osteopathic care start during pregnancy. Mother needs all systems working at 100 percent to help ensure baby’s development is not hindered.
Adults frequently have stressful occupations and recreational activities and repetitively strain the spine and its supporting ligaments and muscles. Vertebral subluxations may result.
Osteopathic care enhances the ability of the body to deal with its injuries, and maintain optimum health.
What symptoms do I need to see an Osteopath?
Pain and symptoms are nature’s way of telling us “something is wrong:” They are the result of your body dealing with tissue damage or breakdown, infection and poisons.
You may be desperate at times to get relief from symptoms such as back pain, sciatica, headaches and symptoms associated with many other conditions such as tummy upsets, breathing problems, allergies and so on.
Do I need a referral to see an Osteopath?
No GP or specialist referral is required to see an Osteopath. As primary health care providers Osteopaths are able to lodge ACC claims directly.
Why are X-rays taken?
X-ray pictures of your spine are often necessary to determine the condition of your spine. They are an important part of designing your specific plan of osteopathic care.