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Generally an osteopathic consultation will consist of:


(1) Introduction
Upon meeting you your osteopath will initially provide you with an opportunity to ask some general questions that you may have prior to the commencement of the Past Medical History.



(2) Past Medical History

A past medical history will typically included the following topics:


  • Current work status and nature of your role (may also go into employment history)

  • Lifestyle & Family

  • Exercise history and current exercise status

  • Family Health history

  • Medication Status and history

  • Injuries and musculo-skeletal history

  • Surgical History

  • Systemic Disease History

  • Systems History (Heart, Lung, Gastrointestinal tract, Genitourinary, Reproductive, Endocrine, Neurological)

  • Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat History

  • Lifestyle History (Diet, Alcohol, Smoking, Psychological)

  • Review of any imaging (X,Rays, MRI, Ultrasound, CT Scan) or any other test results.

  • Review of any referral letters or other pertinent information regarding your health history



(3) Questioning on why have you come to the osteopathic clinic? Your osteopath will then go into detail on your presenting complaint. You will typically be asked the following questions


  • When did the injury occur or how did your pain develop?

  • Where is the pain and what is the nature and type of pain you are feeling?

  • What is the daily/weekly/monthly pattern of the pain?

  • Are there any other side affects or any other symptoms?

  • What is making the pain/discomfort worse and what is making it better?

  • Have you had this problem before and what was the history of the previous episodes?

  • Review of any imaging (X,Rays, MRI, Ultrasound, CT Scan) or any other test results.

  • Review of any referral letters or other pertinent information regarding your presenting complaint



(4) Detailed Examination

Your osteopath will then perform an examination to further investigate your presenting complaint and have a general look at the body as a whole. Osteopaths pride themselves on their understanding of physiology, anatomy and biomechanics to analyse how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit to find clues as to the appropriate diagnosis and treatment method.


The aim of the osteopath is to identify the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Osteopaths in Australia complete 5 years of university training. They are registered as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise various conditions in all areas of the body and not just musculoskeletal injuries (e.g. diseases of the heart, lungs, digestive tract, vascular and nervous system etc.).



(5) Treatment customised according to your problem (your osteopath will not use techniques you are not comfortable with)

Most osteopaths apply a dynamic approach to their treatment method and approach. The type of treatment (including the technique and amount of pressure applied) depends on patient need and consent. Your osteopath will ask for feedback on treatment methods to ensure comfort and technique effectiveness.Osteopaths use various techniques including soft tissue massage and stretching, muscle energy technique, joint mobilisation, joint manipulation, visceral technique, biodynamic, and cranial osteopathy.



(6) After Care

Your Osteopath will provide you with some helpful advice on how to manage your injury/condition yourself.

This may include:


  • Detailed information on the diagnosis, nature and prognosis, and management plan

  • Pain management tools (e.g. icing, heat, medication advice/referral, ergonomical, positional/anatomical relief, stretching, resting)

  • General lifestyle and ergonomic advice (things you can and can't do at home, during exercise, or in general)

  • Rehabilitation/Exercise prescription

  • Workplace ergonomic advice

  • Dietary Advice

  • Letter to workplace for time off or alternate duties


(7) Referral (if required)

Osteopaths are primary care practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that may require further investigation and referral to specialists and other health professionals


An individual body is a whole interrelated unit in which the body’s structure, function and intention are dependent upon each other.


The body self-regulates and has the inherent capacity to protect and repair itself naturally without intervention.


Disease or injury occurs when the body’s normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome our capacity for self-maintenance.

In Australia, osteopaths are government-registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.


Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions requiring medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.




An Osteopath may be able to assist with the co-management of:


  • Sports Injury, Education & Rehabilitation (e.g. Ankle Sprains, Meniscal Injuries, Tendonitis and Muscle Strains, Knee Injuries, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Hip Labral Tears and many more.)

  • Day to day Injuries/sprains and pain of all parts of the body (not just the spine!)

  • Low Back Injuries Pain/Stiffness (Disc Injuries, Sciatica) both simple and complex with or without nerve pain.

  • Neck Pain/Stiffness (e.g Disc Injuries, cervial stenosis, facet sprains)

  • Nerve Pain and Nerve based Injuries (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Sciatic pain)

  • Rib Sprains and chest injuries or pain

  • Headaches and Migraines 

  • Postural Pain (Recurrent neck and upper back and shoulder pain) 

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (E.g. Carpal Tunnel, Tennis Elbow, shin splints)

  • TMJ Syndrome: Jaw pain & dysfunction, clenching & grinding of your teeth 

  • Arthritic Pain 

  • Post Injury/Surgical Rehabilitation 

  • Digestive Complaints (e.g. Bloating and Constipation) 

  • Chronic& Complex Pain Management & Education

  • Third Party Claims: Private Health Care Claims, Work Safe Claims, Veterans Affairs Claims, and TAC Claims Medicare Care Plans 

  • And many more… 


Osteopaths are registered as primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise various conditions in all areas of the body and (not just musculo-skeletal injuries) and may be able to recognise conditions requiring referral to a specialist.

An Osteopath may be able to assist with co-management of:

  • Sports and Biomechanical Based Injuries

  • Postural Strains & Education

  • Injury Rehabilitation

  • Growth Related Injuries (e.g. Sever's Disease or Osgood Schlatters)

  • Infants: Torticollis, Congenital Talipes, Plagiocephaly & Musculoskeletal Conditions.


Our Highly Experienced Melbourne Osteopaths

Providing Osteopathy to Fitzroy North, Fitzroy, Carlton North, Carlton, Abbotsford, Clifton Hill, Collingwood, Northcote, Thornbury, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Preston and Fairfield.

Dr Amelia Caunt Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.)MAOA

Dr Anthony Dileo Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.), MAOA

Dr Nicholas Arora Osteopath The Neighbourhood Clinic


M.H.Sci (Osteo)

B.Sc. (Clin.Sci.), MAOA

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  • Medicare: have approved Telehealth Chronic Disease Management (EPC/TCA) for all Allied Health. 

  • Work Safe (Work Cover) has approved Telehealth Consultations for all Allied Health Services. Please contact the clinic to arrange an appointment

  • TAC have announced that they are supporting Telehealth but it has not become official. Contact your Case Manager for more information.

  • Private Health Insurance: Check with your private health cover to see if you can claim your Telehealth Consultation for Osteopathy.

  • Book a private session: You can also book a privately paid Telehealth Consultation with any of our Osteopaths.




Whether you are a patient of The Neighbourhood Clinic or have never seen an Osteopath before most of you would know we love to talk. Why? Because we spend so much time studying and exploring health, pain and all things body and enjoy sharing the knowledge .

Why see an Osteopath through Telehealth?

  • We understand injury and pain. Most Osteopaths have spent countless years studying and spending time with people and hearing their stories about their pain. We pride ourselves on finding out what is wrong and finding a diagnosis.

  • We take a full medical history. Taking a thorough history and understanding the right questions to ask can provide us with a clearer path of working out what is going to help you.

  • We can Assess you via Telehealth: We can assess your injury or pain by asking you to perform certain movements or by asking someone who is with you to help assess your injury or pain. With a trained eye it’s amazing what can be picked up even through video!

  • We can review any medical information you have at hand or on file: Osteopaths can read medical reports, imaging reports, special tests etc.

  • We can form a diagnosis. We can provide a distinct diagnosis or if we can’t we can provide you with a list of likely diagnosis

  • We can educate you: Having studied and experienced so many patient cases of pain and injury we can run through with you

    • What is happening and what it is called

    • Why it is happening

    • How to prevent the injury getting worse

    • How long the problem is likely to continue

    • How to reduce recovery time

    • How to reduce your fear or concern or misunderstandings about an injury or pain

    • What you can do about it

  • We can refer you onto the appropriate medical professional/specialist if required

    • Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions requiring medical referral. ​

  • We can provide you with self management and rehabilitation advice:

    • Short term pain relief: how to reduce pain through medical advice and simple but effective pain relieving strategies

    • Long term rehabilitation: How to rehabilitate it through exercises and preventative rehabilitation exercises - this will come in the form of a comprehensive home rehabilitation program

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