Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during an osteopathic treatment?
An initial case history is taken to discuss your presenting complaint, a relevant medical history is also taken in order to diagnose and treat effectively. A diagnosis of the presenting complaint is made. Occasionally, if required, you may be referred to another medical professional specific to your needs. A physical examination will be conducted to help diagnose and identify restrictions in the body. Osteopathic techniques targeted to your problem will be used to help facilitate the healing process. During the course of treatment you may be given advice on such things as lifestyle changes, as well as exercise and stretches to help healing and prevention of reoccurrence.
What are the main differences between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?
The main difference is in the philosophies behind each modality and how individual techniques are applied. In general Osteopathic treatment:
- Focuses on the whole body, not just the spine.
- Uses many manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching and spinal manipulation (if required).
- Lasts for around 30 minutes.
- The holistic nature of the treatment takes in all facets of a patient’s problem, and addresses factors that can be changed both in and out of the treatment room.
How long does a treatment last?
Initial consultation and treatment approximately 45 minutes. Subsequent appointments approximately 30 minutes.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required very much comes down to the individual and their particular injury or discomfort. Some complaints can be treated in one visit, and many in just two or three appointments, however others require more. In general the longer the particular injury or discomfort has been present the longer it will take to resolve. Our aim is to get you healthy and independent.
How will I feel after treatment?
Occasionally you may be more aware of your symptoms for a short time following treatment. This is due to the release of chemicals that can stimulate the nervous system. This is a normal response and will resolve within 24-48 hours. It may also help to drink plenty of water to dilute these chemical toxins and help expel them from the body.
Do I need to book my appointments?
Yes, a booking is usually essential (at all clinics bookings are taken 24/7 via our reception service).
For Osteopathy Works - Christchurch; phone (03) 595 1530
For Osteopathy Works - Marinoto Clinic - Dunedin; phone (03) 477 1106
For Osteopathy Works - Balclutha; phone (03) 418 2226
For Osteopathy Works - Gore; phone (03) 208 5510
How effective is osteopathic treatment?
Medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.
Is osteopathic treatment safe?
The risks associated with osteopathic treatment are very low, particularly when compared with the risks associated with taking pain relieving medications that are readily available in pharmacies and supermarkets.
Should I bring my x-rays with me?
Yes. Please bring any x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans or any other test results that are applicable to your initial consultation.
What should I wear to see an osteopath?
It is important for the osteopath to be able to accurately diagnose and treat your problem, and being able to palpate the body during a consultation is a very important part of this process. The osteopath will only ask you to remove clothing necessary for the consultation. For female clients, wear clothing you are comfortable being examined with, a comfortable bra and bike shorts are perfect for treatment.
What is ACC?
In New Zealand the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) offers partial cover for the cost of treatment when injury is suffered due to an accident, whether at home, work or on the sports field. The practitioners at Osteopathy Works are ACC registered and treat patients who are covered under this scheme.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral from a general practitioner to receive osteopathic treatment, ACC claims can be initiated by your Osteopath. Please discuss whether your particular injury is eligible for ACC subsidy with your Osteopath.