So you want to try Osteopathy?
So you want to give osteopathy a go, but don't know where to start?
Or maybe you already have an osteo and are looking to find a new one?
Here are a few simple tips to consider when finding your next osteopath.
It's important to do thorough research and invest the necessary time in selecting the ideal osteopath for your needs. Here are a few things to think about:
Education and credentials: Verify that the osteopath you select has the necessary training and a valid licence to practise (including insurance). To practise, osteopaths typically need to earn a degree in osteopathic medicine and hold a valid registration with AHPRA (Autralian health practitioner regulation agency).
Take into account the experience and areas of interest of an osteopath. You may wish to look for an osteopath with experience and training in those areas if you have a particular health concern, such as chronic back pain or sports injuries. In Australia, osteopaths do not have speciality fields, but many will have areas of special interest.
Treatment strategy: There may be a range of various treatment strategies used by osteopaths. Some could place a stronger emphasis on manual therapy, whereas others might prioritise recommendations for at-home care and exercise. Think about what suits your needs and preferences.
Location and availability: Take into account how convenient the osteopath's office is to you. It could be harder to remain with therapy if you have to drive far for sessions or find it difficult to fit them into your schedule.
Before starting a course of treatment, it's a good idea to talk with your new osteopath. This might provide you the chance to learn more about their methodology, ask them questions, and decide whether you feel at ease working with them.
It can take some time and effort to discover the appropriate osteopath for you, but it will be worthwhile once you find someone who can help you reach your health objectives.
If you feel that I might fit your osteopathic care needs, feel free to get in contact with me by emailing email@example.com or giving me a call on 0493 031 231
Dr Dray (Osteo)