How long do Osteopathic appointments usually last?
Your initial consultation may require 45-60 minutes, which includes a detailed case history, examination, tests, treatment and advice. Regular appointments generally take 30 minutes. If you are under a time constraint please let your practitioner know so that they can adjust what they do to try and meet your needs. We like to run on time and appreciate punctuality from our patients. If a patient arrives too late for an appointment we will need to rearrange it for another time rather than compromise another patient's appointment time.
How many treatments will I need?
Your osteopath will discuss this with you after the initial consultation has been completed. In general, the longer you have had the problem, the more treatment will be required.
If at any time during treatment you are unhappy with what is happening, for example, you find any of the techniques uncomfortable, please don't hesitate to tell your practitioner
Does the treatment hurt?
The idea is to keep the whole treatment below everyone's pain threshold. If you have any fears or concerns, tell us so that we can find a way to ensure treatment is comfortable. If your condition is very painful, we may suggest a period of rest or referral to your GP for pain-relief before reassessing you and beginning treatment.
What sort of conditions do you treat?
Primarily problems involving the joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Other conditions such as asthma, sinus problems may also be helped.
Should I keep taking my medication?
Yes. Any concerns about your medication should be taken up with your GP.
Do I need a referral from my GP?
No. For ACC treatment, the claim can be made at the clinic when you have your initial visit
Is there an ACC surcharge?
Do you take x-rays?
No. If x-rays are required, we will discuss this with you, and you will be referred to radiology practice.
Do you have off street parking?
Who can be treated?
Osteopathic treatment is available for anyone, provided the condition to be treated falls within our scope of practice, treatment is appropriate, and you give informed consent. It might follow from a consultation that we cannot help you or feel that another kind of treatment would be better for you. If this is the case, we will discuss this with you and refer you on to an appropriate practitioner.
Can I have treatments even if I feel 'OK'?
Yes. Some of our patients choose to have regular treatments as a “tune-up” because it is their way of maintaining optimal health.
Are you registered and regulated?
Yes. All Osteopaths must hold an Annual Practicing Certificate issued by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, which regulates the practice of osteopathy. Mark is also a charter member of the Osteopaths New Zealand, the professional organisation representing osteopaths.
Can I have a treatment if I am pregnant?
Yes. Please make your Osteopath aware of your pregnancy so they can treat you appropriately.
Do you treat babies?
Yes. Preferably when they are asleep. Please try to time appointments accordingly.
Do you do home visits?
No. The Clinic is the best place to address the problems that we treat.
Do you have wheelchair access?
There is a ramp, but wheelchair access is limited. The toilet does not have wheelchair access. Please phone the clinic if you require further information.
Do you have EFTPOS?
No. Payment is by cash, cheque or electronic banking.
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