Osteopathic treatment should not hurt, except under very specific conditions.
For example, if you have an acute injury, just the movement to get onto the bed may be painful. Likewise, some of the tests and examinations we do are designed to reproduce symptoms - if we can reproduce it, in a controlled way, then we know what is causing it. Similarly, there may be some discomfort when we are working on angry (i.e., reactive) tissues.
In any of these cases, please tell your osteopath where the pain is and how it feels because this will give us valuable information into what is going on.
However, pain is a warning signal to your body and we do not want to trigger protective responses, like muscles tensing. With this is mind, we want you to be as relaxed and pain-free as possible, and so we aim to work within your pain threshold.
Are there side effects to treatment?
Osteopathy works with the body to promote its own natural healing processes. Most of the side effects of osteopathy are a result of these healing processes. Due to the movement and stretching put through the joints and muscles, some patients may experience mild soreness after treatment, a bit like having been to the gym! This should subside within a few days of treatment.
Your osteopath will discuss any specific potential side effects to techniques and approaches that are applicable to your condition.
Do we do bulk-billing? TAC? Workcover?
Yes. Dr Soraya Burrows bulk-bills all patients who have a valid referral (EPC, TAC, Veteran's Affairs or Work Cover).
Dr Edmund Bruce-Gardner does not bulk-bill, but does have concession rates available during off-peak hours. If you are being referred under Medicare/Worksafe/TAC/etc. you will have to pay the normal patient fee to see Dr Edmund Bruce-Gardner, and you will receive the applicable rebate from the appropriate organisation. If you have been referred under Medicare, we can process your medicare on-the-spot (e.g., for EPC $52.95).
The amount of osteopath sessions that you are eligible for under medicare depends on your referral. The maximum available is five (5) sessions per calendar year (e.g., they will reimburse you for five sessions in 2019, and another five in 2020).
Most private health insurance funds provide rebates for osteopathic treatment. Your rebate is determined by the level of cover you have with your health insurance provider. You should check with your provider before commencing any treatment so as to be fully aware of rebate entitlements.
Our clinic is equipped with Hicaps facilities, allowing you to claim your private health rebate at the time of your consultation, so you only have to pay the gap.
Payment is to be made at the time of consultation. We have Eftpos & Hicaps factilities, Payment by cash or cheque is also welcome.
Cancellation or Rescheduling Policy
We need 24 hours notice if you need to change or cancel your appointment. This gives us enough time to offer your appointment to other clients.
Notification within 24 hours will incur a $50 admin fee.
Osteopathy at Moreland Road Clinic is on Moreland Road, near the corner of Nicholson Street/Holmes Street, on the border of Coburg, Brunswick & Thornbury.
This makes Osteopathy at Moreland Road Clinic the ideal location for people in the inner north and outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, including: Coburg, Coburg North, Coburg East, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Fawkner, Oak Park, Glenroy, Preston, Pascoe Vale, Pascoe Vale South, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Essendon, Moonee Ponds, Thornbury and Reservoir.