Matt Blackburn Osteopath
Osteopathy is a system of healthcare that looks at the whole body. Osteopaths use their hands to treat and restore the motion and function of mechanical structures to promote healing. The aim of osteopaths is to create change in the body structure and so help it to function better. Osteopaths treat people with problems presenting in the Musculo skeletal system that are long term, (chronic) or acute.
Helping look after your joints, muscles and nerves so you stay active, well and function better. We provide an approach to healing the whole person rather than only managing symptoms.
Frequently Asked Questions
To book an appointment please contact the clinics directly. The contact details are listed above.
You may book online for appointments at the Sorell Doctors here. —After making an appointment an SMS reminder will be sent the day before.
In the first appointment (40-50 minutes) we take time to talk to you about your complaint. We take a full medical history including any past injuries or accidents and perform a thorough examination to find the cause of your problem and to understand what you are hoping to achieve.
This will involve observing simple movements such as walking, bending and shoulder movements and specific tests to identify restrictions in mobility and the tissues causing pain.
How many appointments will I need?
Each patient is different and therefore will respond to treatment in their own way. Many people will notice an improvement in one or two treatments. As a general rule most patients need 3-6 treatments and some may prefer to have ongoing treatments at regular intervals. This may depend on:
- How long you have had the condition or symptoms.
- Previous injuries to the area.
- Your general health and whether you have more complex conditions that may be compromising your body’s ability to heal.
- Your age.
In order to help people, maintain optimal function, advise on suitable activities, exercise, and lifestyle will be given.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise more serious conditions that are beyond their scope of practice. Referral to other practitioners for assessment, or rehabilitation will be advised if needed.
Osteopaths are Allied Health professionals which allows for Medicare rebates in some cases under the Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) Program.
Up to five sessions may receive Medicare rebates per calendar year. The rebate does not cover the entire cost per session; however, it can substantially assist in the cost of treatments.
These services are available to those suffering from chronic conditions and those with complex care needs.
To apply it is necessary to ask your GP for an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) referral to see an osteopath.
Please refer to the following link: www.health.gov.au/referral_form.pdf
Yes. In nearly all cases private health insurers cover Osteopathy under their extras cover. On the spot refunds can be claimed through clinic reception. The amount of refund depends on your level of “extras cover” in your health insurance policy.
Extras Cover: All major health funds recognise osteopathy and it is included under their “extras” cover. No referral is required from a GP.