1. Where did osteopathy come from?
Osteopathy originates from the United States. It was founded by a physician named Andrew Taylor Still in 1874. He later founded the American School of Osteopathy in 1892, where it then became popular in Britain, then Australia and New Zealand. Osteopathy is now a widely recognised primary health care profession for all ages.
2. Are there different types of osteopathy?
Yes. Structural Osteopathy is the treatment of the body by moving body part. This can include gently treating the organs (Visceral Osteopathy). Another branch or specialty is Cranial Osteopathy - influencing the cranium and the nervous system by gently manipulating the skull. This is widely accepted for the treatment of newborns and children.
3. Why are you called a doctor?
In Australia some health professionals including Osteopaths can include the title of Doctor if the word osteopath is included next to the name. For example a business card would read: Dr. Amy Myhill (Osteopath)
4. Do you treat children?
We treat children of any age including newborns. We treat breathing difficulties, wry neck (or torticollis) or irritability. Babies can respond well to osteopathic treatment for generally being unsettled, croup, constipation and reflux . Even feeding issues such as difficulty latching on are treated.
5. When should I not use osteopathy?
Common aches and pains can benefit from osteopathic care, and many come in for regular checks. Even if you are undergoing rehabilitation for a recent break or fracture, osteopathy can help to reduce any compensation patterns which start to develop – for example when using a walking stick or crutches.
Osteopaths are trained to recognise when osteopathy is not appropriate and when other medical attention should be sought. Your osteopath can refer you to other specialists who can treat these problems if required.
6. How many treatments will I need?
A number of factors influence the prognosis when developing a treatment program. These include age, diet, exercise level, and the length of time since the injury.
If there is a chronic problem people respond better with sessions closer together and may need a little longer. Most people notice an improvement after the first session, with the body better sustaining the new changes after 3 to 6 sessions. Your osteopath will discuss this with you during your initial treatment.
7. Can I claim it on Medicare (Australia)?
Yes. Medicare can cover some costs associated with osteopathic treatments. For this you will need a referral from your GP. Please consult your GP for additional assistance about claiming costs from Medicare.
Health rebates can also be claimed instantly at Freeform Osteopathy. Usually one of these claims applies per session (Concession / Medicare / Health rebate)
8. Can anyone call themselves an osteopath?
No - all practicing osteopaths are required to register with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Some also choose to register with the Australian Osteopathic Association (AOA). Amy Myhill has been a proud member of the AOA since moving from New Zealand in 2007.