FAQs

Why do patients like osteopathy at head to toe healthcare?

There are many reasons why patients prefer our style of treatment. Some of these include:

  • treatment is one on one (no multiple rooms or running between patients)
  • all treatment is hands-on manual therapy
  • treatment is for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • strong interest in fitness & sport injury management
  • passionate & dedicated practitioners
  • we take the time to listen to you
  • relaxed modern environment
  • we get results

What’s the difference between osteopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists?

We don’t believe in trying to define the role of any other health professional. The practice principal at head to toe healthcare is an osteopath and is married to a physiotherapist and he could only tell you what makes them as individuals different, but that doesn’t necessarily apply to all others. We believe that the results of treatment depend more on individual skill and experience than the particular discipline a practitioner belongs to. Among manual practitioners, regardless of their profession, some possess a real talent for their chosen discipline and consequently achieve better results than others.

At head to toe healthcare we have some of the most experienced, dedicated and skilled manual practitioners in Bayside.

How effective is osteopathic treatment?

Government and medical studies over recent years have shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care alone for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain. At head to toe healthcare we believe the best outcome is achieved by working in unison with your existing health care providers, including medical doctors and other allied health professionals.

Is osteopathic and physiotherapy treatment available under medicare?

Yes. Under a new scheme launched by the Australian government in 2005, you may receive up to 5 subsidised treatments a year from an osteopath or physiotherapist under medicare, but only when referred from your GP for the management of a long-term chronic condition (generally greater than 6 months).

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Do I need a referral to see your practitioners?

No. Anyone can make an appointment. During a consultation it may be necessary to consult with your general practitioner and/or specialist if the problem is outside the realm of our care or if further medical tests/examinations are required to make an accurate diagnosis.

If I’m pregnant can I still get treated?

Looking after your back, pelvis and pelvic floor during pregnancy is vital. Osteopathy, physiotherapy and massage provide a safe and gentle non-invasive way to look after your body during this most important period in your life. We understand the changes that occur in the body, especially of the low back and pelvis, during the various phases of pregnancy and have many gentle and effective techniques unique to osteopaths to help you during this time and immediately following birth.

At head to toe healthcare we have a specialised pregnancy bean-bag to facilitate greater patient comfort and ease of positioning during treatment.
We also find that many women benefit significantly from our individually tailored pilates programs to improve the strength of the core muscles of the low back and the pelvic floor making pregnancy more comfortable and leading to an easier delivery and faster recovery times.

What type of massage therapy is offered at head to toe healthcare?

  • remedial
  • deep tissue
  • relaxation
  • sports
  • lymphatic drainage
  • pregnancy
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When is massage therapy suitable?

Any time! Massage therapy perfectly complements the osteopathic and physiotherapy treatment already provided at the clinic and is an excellent way of maintaining a healthy body when osteopathy or physiotherapy is not required. It is a great way to reduce the muscular tension that accumulates in our body as a result of the physical and emotional stresses associated with every day life.

What should I wear to my appointment?

Most patients find it best if they wear lose comfortable clothing, such as tracksuit pants or shorts and a t-shirt.

Do you treat patients under WorkCover, TAC and Veterans Affairs?

Yes we do. Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Massage/Myotherapists are all registered to manage these patients. You do not require a doctor’s referral in most instances and we would appreciate you bringing all relevant documentation to your initial consultation, such as Claim numbers, date of injury and name of insurer with contact details where applicable. Please advise the clinic at the time of your booking if you plan to claim under one of these categories and further information will be made available to you at that time.

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Will I still be able to exercise whilst I’m having treatment?

Generally exercise is the best medicine. Your practitioner will conduct a thorough assessment of your body’s structure and function during your consultation and advise you regarding the suitability of your exercise regime for you. There may be aspects of your exercise program that are contributing to your condition, but it may only be a simple matter of incorporating some additional exercises into your routine. In some instances certain activities may need to be significantly modified, or occasionally ceased, until your condition has resolved.

Our practitioners may suggest an individually tailored pilates programs to improve the strength and stamina of the core muscles of the back. This accelerates injury recovery, but it can also be used for injury prevention and as a means to self-manage chronic conditions, such as low back pain. For more information regarding Pilates please visit our Services page.

What fees should I expect and how many treatments will I need?

We are very reasonably priced as we believe good health care should be available to all. Please call the clinic for current pricing.

Many patients can expect to see good results within 2 to 4 treatments; however the number of visits required by an individual depends on many factors, including age, severity of injury, general health, occupation and compliance to advice and exercises. This will be discussed with each individual at the initial consultation when we have a thorough understanding of your complaint.

We have HICAPS available at the clinic so that private health insurance rebates can be claimed immediately and you only pay the gap. We accept EFTPOS, Credit Card (Mastercard and Visa), Cheque and Cash.

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How do I get to your clinic?

Hampton East – we are located on South Road, above Barts the Chemist, which is situated on the beach side of Nepean Hwy, between the Highway and Bluff Road. Moorabbin train station is approximately 500 metres away with an associated bus station and taxi rank.

Do you have parking available?

Hampton East – parking is available on South Road with 1 to 2 hour limits for most street-parking.