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Osteopathy

 

Dr Michael Doyne is an enthusiastic Osteopath with a focus on long-term health sustainability. His
goals are to alleviate pain in the short term while ultimately supporting patients in achieving their
maximum health potential.

Michael has a Masters of Osteopathic Science from Victoria University as well as dual health
science majors from Deakin University in nutrition and exercise. With a special interest in chronic
pain Michael will consider factors such as stress, exercise, nutrition and education in helping you
getting and staying healthy.

Michael has a background in farming and a personal interest in sustainable living practices. In his
spare time Michael enjoys mountain biking, dirt biking, bushwalking and spending time with his
wife and two young kids.

Michael is available on Fridays.

 

What do Osteopaths do?

In Australia, Osteopaths are government registered allied health practitioners who complete five
years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and
osteopathic techniques.
Osteopaths focus on your neuro-musculoskeletal system - the bones, muscles, nerves and other
tissues that support your body and control its movements. They know how parts of your body
should work together and the impact if they do not.
Osteopaths are trained to provide:
 Musculoskeletal and nervous system assessments - they use a range of tools to identify
what might be happening in the body
 Manual therapy – includes a range of ‘hands-on’ techniques that may give relief from
musculoskeletal pain and discomfort
 Clinical exercise programs - activities and movement strategies for use at home, work or in
other settings. Exercise may help you return to activities you enjoy, for example after an
injury or surgery.
 Movement, postural, positioning advice and ergonomic assessments

 Advice about your lifestyle, stress management, diet or other factors that may influence
your pain, injury or movement


What can I expect in a consultation?
It is advisable to arrive a little early for your first appointment as you will need to fill out some
paperwork. You will be asked to sign a general informed consent form, but you will have the
opportunity to consider and consent (or not) to specific treatment during the consultation. Your first
appointment will be approximately 60 minutes long and return appointments are 30 minutes.
An Osteopathic consultation includes a full case history, physical examination, a variety of hands-
on treatment techniques and provision of further information and advice to help you manage your
condition between appointments. This may include giving you exercises to do at home or at work.
If you are asked to remove outer clothes, you will be offered a gown or covered with a towel during
the treatment.
Your osteopath will ask questions about your symptoms. They may also ask about your health
history, any medications you are taking, as well as factors that may not appear to be directly
related to your presenting complaint.
Your osteopath will conduct a full assessment involving clinical tests. This may involve diagnostic,
orthopaedic or neurological tests, postural assessments, movement and functional assessments.
Some assessments involve the osteopath observing you while you undertake an activity or perform
a sequence of movements. Assessments may also include passive and active movements - where
the osteopath manually lifts your arms or legs or applies resistance while you perform a stretch or
movement.
Osteopathy takes a holistic approach to treatment, so your practitioner may look at other parts of
your body, as well as the area that is troubling you. For example, if you have a sore knee, your
osteopath may also look at your ankle, pelvis and back.

 

Do I need a referral from my GP?
No, you do not require a referral. As Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners you can
simply make your own booking. However, if you have been diagnosed with a chronic health
condition and require complex care, you may be eligible for Chronic Disease Management (CDM)
assistance. Your GP must complete a special referral form to refer you for treatment.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Bring along any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. Depending on the area of your
body requiring examination, your osteopath may ask you to undress to your underwear. It is

essential that you feel comfortable, so you may want to bring a pair of stretchy gym shorts to
change into. You may bring a chaperone if you wish.
Is osteopathic treatment painful?
Osteopathy combines hands on manual therapy with exercise programming and other
interventions like equipment prescription and movement advice when clinically indicated. Hands-on
treatment may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or
manipulation.
If your injuries require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will exercise
care to make you as comfortable as possible.
Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after
mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases, call your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

When might I see an osteopath?
People attend an osteopath when they experience long term (chronic) and short term (acute)
problems, like the examples below:
 neck or back pain
 leg pain
 postural issues
 Sciatica
 weight bearing issues
 balancing and walking issues
 muscular sprains and strains
 sports injuries
 workplace injuries
 hip, knee or foot pain
 shoulder or elbow pain
 arthritis
 scoliosis
 osteoporosis
 tendon problems
 headaches and migraines
Are rebates available?

As an osteopathic patient, you may be able to claim a rebate from a range of government agencies
or private health insurers. Requirements and rebates vary across programs so please discuss with
your GP, case manager, or osteopath. 
 Private Health Insurance
You are able to claim a portion of your treatment costs if you have extras cover that
includes Osteopathy. We can process your claim for you at the time of your appointment
with HICAPS facilities at reception.
 Medicare
You must be referred by a GP or other doctor for Medicare (Chronic Disease Management)
and Department of Veterans’ Affairs rebates. Osteopaths also provide services to
Workcover, motor accident insurance schemes (such as TAC Victoria), and the

Dr Michael Doyne