Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We understand that you may have some questions before you visit MPR. So, we’ve created answers to our most frequently asked questions.
How do you become an osteopath?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to becoming an osteopath. Depending on which country you want to practice in, the requirements may vary. In Australia, for example, one needs to complete five years of full-time study, including a three-year clinical science undergraduate degree and a two-year master’s degree in health science.
What qualifications does an osteopath have? Are they qualified to see me?
In Australia, Osteopaths undertake 5-years of full-time study with a 3-year undergraduate degree in clinical science and a 2-year Masters in Health Science. Osteopaths are required by law to be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Where is the best parking?
Address: Suite 5/132 Pacific Highway, Roseville, NSW, 2069. (We are located at the rear of the Rose Centre and next to the COVID Testing and Vaccination Clinic.
We are approximately 160m from Roseville train station. Our best parking options are:
- Larkin Lane, Roseville. (public carpark, 3hr limit)
- Shirley Road, Roseville. (street side parking)
- Roseville Railway and Hill St Parking.
Pacific Hwy, Roseville (please check signposts often it is 30 minutes or a clearway).
Do I need a referral?
No. Anyone is free to make an appointment with our practitioners. Please call MPR Health on (02) 8054 7166 if you are unsure about whether we can assist with your injury or complaint.
Are the services covered by private health insurance?
Osteopathy is claimable by private health insurance. Please contact your insurance company directly to find out if these services cover you.
What should I bring to a consultation?
Please bring along any X-ray, Scan (MRI, ultrasound CAT etc), and blood test results you may have regarding the relevant concern.
Do I need to arrive early for my initial appointment?
It is advisable to arrive 10 minutes early to your initial consultation as you will be required to fill out a new patient form and thoroughly read & sign an informed consent form.
What will happen at my first consultation?
Your osteopath will ask about your problem and symptoms. This will include your medical history, medications, or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem.
Your osteopath will advise you if they can treat you or if you need to be referred to another health practitioner.
Your osteopath will conduct an examination and clinical tests. These include diagnostic, orthopaedic or neurological tests, movement and postural assessments, which determine how best to manage your condition.
The examination may include passive and active movements. The osteopath may lift your arms or legs, and you may be asked to bend over or perform an activity. Be sure to wear comfortable, flexible and appropriate underwear and clothing. Osteopathy takes a whole-body approach to assessment and clinical management, so your osteopath may look at the area that is troubling you and other parts of your body. For example, if you have a sore knee, your osteopath may look at your ankle, pelvis and back.
Osteopaths provide a broad range of treatments. Osteopaths prescribe clinical exercises at home or work, provide manual therapy, needling techniques, and lifestyle interventions and recommend equipment to help you manage your condition and function.
Are there additional investigations or treatments?
Depending on your condition or any concerns you have raised, your osteopath may require some further testing or referral to another health provider. These may include:
- Referral for further imaging such as an x-ray or MRI.
- Referral to your GP for further assessment or blood tests
- Co-management plan crafted with another allied health care practitioner, Eg, Podiatrist.
- Referral to a specialist via your GP
Do you want to learn about what an osteopath does in Australia?
Here is some information that can help you understand. Osteopathy is a clinical treatment that helps with the neuro-musculoskeletal system. This system includes the bones, muscles, nerves, and other tissues that support and control your body’s movements. Osteopaths use hands-on techniques to relieve pain in these areas and improve movement. They will also advise you on how to strengthen the affected muscles and which types of exercise are best for you. This way, you can live an active and healthy lifestyle.
What really is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath? Learn below
The main difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath is the focus of their treatment. Osteopaths look at the body as a whole, considering how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue, and internal organs all work together. Chiropractors mainly focus on spinal function and correcting any problems in this area in order to help improve the overall functioning of the body.
What do osteopaths treat and what painful conditions can they handle?
Osteopaths are experts in treating injuries and conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. This includes everything from back pain and neck pain to shoulder pain, knee pain, hip & pelvic pain, postural pain, and foot & ankle pain. Osteopaths can also help manage work and sports-related injuries.
How much does it cost to see an osteopath?
The cost of seeing an osteopath can vary depending on where you go and what services you need. Initial consultations are typically more expensive than return appointments. Prices can range from $80 to $180. Here at MPR Health, we want to make sure that cost is not a barrier to getting the care you need, so we offer a premium service at a competitive price. Our initials are $110 and our returns are $95.
Can an osteopath help with plantar fasciitis? Do you see it at MPR Health?
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may be wondering if an osteopath could help. The answer is yes! An osteopath will assess your ankle, foot, and lower leg joint mobility and strength around the plantar fascia to identify if a restriction may contribute to your pain. They will then treat these areas to reduce the symptoms.
Is an osteopath right for you if you have a bulging disc?
Osteopaths are highly skilled in treating conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, such as back pain and neck pain. A bulging disc is a relatively common cause of lower back pain, and osteopaths see this condition often.
What to wear to an osteopath appointment?
When going to see an osteopath, it is best to wear comfortable clothing that will not restrict your movement. Loose-fitting clothing, shorts, tights and a spare change of clothes are appropriate. A gown can be provided.
How often should you see an osteopath? What do we think?
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of the frequency of visits to an osteopath. The best person to ask for advice on this is your osteopath, who will be able to tailor a treatment plan to your individual needs based on the severity and nature of your condition.
In general, however, it is typical for a course of treatment to include a combination of different types of treatments, and the number of visits may vary from one patient to another depending on the specifics of their condition. It is important to remember that overservicing and overtreating can be just as harmful as undertreating, so be sure to consult with your osteopath regularly to ensure that you are receiving the best possible care.
Is an osteopath able to help with knee pain? Is it seen at MPR Health?
At MPR Health, our osteopaths are highly trained in treating all types of knee pain. Using a combination of hands-on treatment, exercise and other therapies, we can help you get your knee pain under control.
Some of the most common knee injuries that we treat include:
- Meniscus tears
- Ligament tears
- Muscular tears
- Patellar and other tendon issues.
Is an osteopath able to help with bursitis? Is it seen at MPR Health?
At MPR Health, our osteopaths are highly trained in treating all types of bursitis. Using a combination of hands-on treatment, exercise and other therapies, we can help you get your bursitis under control.
How long is an osteopath appointment at MPR Health?
- Initial Consultations: please allow up to 40 minutes.
- Return Appointments: please allow up to 30-minutes.
Is an osteopath able to help with lower back pain? Is it seen at MPR Health?
Yes! Osteopaths are fully qualified to treat various forms of back pain. Through their hands-on treatment and manual therapy techniques, they will work to identify your problem’s root cause, treat that area, and help alleviate your pain.
Is an osteopath able to help with sciatica? Is it seen at MPR Health?
Yes, an osteopath can help with sciatica by treating it from the source. Some patients find that their sciatica pain and/or numbness can reduce or dissipate with an osteopath. For other patients, there may be some residual pain or stiffness, although this is common when trying to regain balance in the back.
How long between osteopath appointments? MPR Health vs The Rest
The interval between visits will be tailored to the individual’s condition and treatment plan. Treatment may be frequent during the initial stages of treatment when a patient has acute problems and/or injuries, but it can become less frequent as a condition stabilises. Some patients see osteopaths to prevent or manage imbalances before they become too serious. Our goal is to have you under control so this is not the case.
What really is the difference between an osteopath and a physiotherapist?
An osteopath and a physiotherapist have the same goals: To improve your overall health and well-being. However, their approaches are quite different. While an osteopath will use manual techniques to realign the body’s structure, a physiotherapist will focus mainly on physical activity and exercise. At MPR Health, we strongly embrace making activity and exercise a part of your recovery.
Is an osteopath able to help with arthritis? Is it seen at MPR Health?
Yes. Osteopaths can help relieve joint stiffness and pain, as well as help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis. Osteopathy is an integrated system of diagnosis and treatment which focuses on restoring balance to our musculoskeletal system. With regular treatment, your body will gradually develop the ability to function at its peak efficiency once again and maintain this throughout life.
Suite 5/132 Pacific Hwy,
Roseville NSW 2069.