Welcome to Edgeworth Osteopathy
Edgeworth Osteopathy is conveniently located for the Northern and Western suburbs of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. A mere stone's throw from the Newcastle Link Road (A15) and Pacific Motorway (M1) intersection.
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a holistic hands-on physical therapy for treating musculo-skeletal (physical) problems of the body such as back and muscle pain. The range and scope of Osteopathy is very broad; including treatment for injuries, repetitive strain or overuse injuries, back pain, joint pain, headaches and much much more.
Some examples of what an Osteopathic treatment might include are; soft and deep tissue massage (the same or similar to what you might get at a massage), joint stretching and exercises (like you would get at a Physiotherapist), and spinal manipulation (similar to Chiropractic).
In light of rising concerns about Coronavirus, additional precautions are being taken in order to reduce the chance of spread.
When making an appointment you will be asked:
If you have been overseas in the last 14 days
Been in contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having Coronavirus (or been in contact with someone who has been overseas in the last 14 days)
Have a cough, fever, sore throat or shortness of breath
In some cases you may be asked to reschedule your appointment.
If you think you may have Coronavirus, or may have been in contact with someone who has been affected, you are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days, and contact your GP for further information on what to do next. Your GP will determine if you need to be tested for infection, and organise this if necessary.
If you have Coronavirus, you will be unable to attend an appointment at Edgeworth Osteopathy until you have recovered and been cleared by your GP.
My own personal movements have been restricted to essential needs only. I have not been overseas in over a year. If we all work together to keep each other safe, we will get through this crisis.
Keeping you safe
Additional cleaning is in place, including the regular disinfecting of surfaces such as door handles, chairs, pens and the HICAPS machine between every patient. I will no longer be using towels and pillows, and will disinfectant the treatment table after each patient. I regret the loss of these small comforts, but safety is the current priority until this has passed.
Hand sanitiser is provided in the waiting room for your use on arrival and departure. I will continue as always to use hand sanitiser with every patient.
Paper towels are provided in the toilet for drying hands. Please observe proper handwashing technique. A poster is provided that demonstrates proper technique.
Edgeworth Osteopathy is a low volume clinic. There is one treatment room, so you will not be in a crowded waiting room. I am attempting to rearrange my appointment schedule to provide space between appointments to allow for extra cleaning time between people, and reduce waiting room interaction.
"To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease."
–A.T. Still MD, DO Philosophy of Osteopathy
What to expect from your treatment
Your first session will be approximately 45mins. Please arrive 10mins early to fill out paperwork. The less of your session time you spend on paperwork, the more time you will have for treatment! Subsequent treatments are 30mins.
The aim of the initial paperwork is to achieve a thorough assessment of your entire health, and work out your aims and goals from treatment. You will be asked for further information and details during your consultation, in order to help focus your session on what is most critical to your needs, to improve your health and well-being.
The next step is a physical assessment of your body and specifically the muscles and joints in the area of concern. Adjacent and connected areas are also commonly assessed as they may also be contributing to your problem.
Once you have been assessed, a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made for you, and treatment will begin immediately at your first session. The main area of concern will typically be focused on during your initial session, and if time permits, adjacent/connected areas and/or other concerns will be addressed.
If you are happy with your treatment plan and treatment, you can book follow up sessions (30min appointments) as required. If Osteopathy is not for you, or some part of the treatment or plan is not the right fit, part of your session includes helping guide you to a therapy or therapist that will suit your needs.
What to expect when you arrive
When you arrive please park on the street. There is plenty of street parking. The clinic is located up the drive behind the house. Please let me know when you make your appointment if access up the stairs and drive will be an issue. Follow the signs and let yourself into the waiting room. If it is your first time, there will be some paperwork to fill out on the reception counter when you enter.
Call or text 0490 682 466 to make an appointment at Edgeworth Osteopathy. If I cannot immediately answer your phone call it may be that I am busy with another patient. Please leave a message and I will get back to you as soon as I am able. Your call is important to me. I appreciate your custom and value your time, and will not keep you waiting long.
What can Osteopathy do for you?
Whether it's ACL damage, arthritis, a sprain or a strain, Osteopathy can help you get back on your feet.
You've probably had it, but have you tried Osteopathy to treat it?
Some common forms of Osteopathic treatment for back pain include; soft tissue massage, manipulation of the joints, stretching, and articulation (rhythmic movements of the joints).
We see everything from injuries to arthritis. One particularly common complaint is "rotator cuff" injury. Before having surgery, make sure you get a second opinion. Osteopathy is non-invasive, and can reduce pain and increase movement in the shoulder joint.
It is not uncommon to have a diagnosis of rotator cuff, tendonitis or bursitis, and still have significant muscular pain which can be improved with treatment.
Neck pain is commonly quite closely associated with shoulder pain. A lot of neck pain starts in the shoulders. Over time it is common for it to work its way up into the head and cause headaches or migraines as well.
A wide variety of techniques are available for treating the neck to suit every preference, including soft and gentle movements, massage, stretching, and also manipulation if preferred.
Osteopathy for babies
Cranial Osteopathy is a form of therapy commonly used when treating babies as it is very gentle and non-invasive. The practitioner feels for the rhythms of the body and helps guide them into balance.
Visceral Osteopathy is also a gentle way to treat babies. Treatment involves balancing the tensions in and around the internal organs, such as tightness in the intestines with wind and tummy pain.
It is common for babies to sleep right through treatment, but for some, new and unfamiliar people and surroundings can be distressing. Ideally book an appointment when you know your baby will be asleep. A feed will also help relax your baby if they become distressed with treatment, so try not to arrive with a tummy that is already completely full! Half full is perfect.
68 Minmi Road
0490 682 466
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