Looking for an osteopath for your baby in Mernda or Doreen?
At Bodywell we believe it is important for our practitioners who treat children under six years of age to have further education. You can be assured that all Bodywell practitioners who see young children have either completed short-courses, in house training or post-graduate training in paediatrics.
Our practitioners recognise the particular stresses on the body that babies and toddlers may experience as they grow. Stresses associated with birth, childhood accidents and falls, or rapid growth changes can create or contribute to physical problems that place stresses on the growing body.
As osteopaths we see a range of paediatric conditions that may include but aren’t limited to:
- Families seeking information on normal growth and development of babies.
- Babies needing assistance after birth.
- Babies and toddlers who are delayed with rolling, crawling and walking.
Our osteopaths will ask lots of questions to obtain a thorough history about your child’s development. The practitioner will then use gentle movements and play based activities to assess your baby or toddler. The osteopath then will formulate a treatment plan based on their examination findings and will use age appropriate manual therapy techniques to treat your child. They will also provide exercises you can do with your baby or toddler at home. Your osteopath will provide advice on things you can implement in your child’s life to help them.
Our osteopaths work alongside a network of practitioners including GPs, Maternal Child Health Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Child Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Naturopaths, and Paediatric Dentists to help manage your childs’ overall physical and emotional wellbeing. At times a referral may be necessary to get the best outcomes for your child.
FAQs about our Services
Below you can find some of the most common and frequently asked questions we get.
We do understand sometimes things come up and we are more than happy to reschedule your appointment. We do require a minimum of 12 hours notice for rescheduling of an appointment. Due to the high demand for our service, this allows the clinic sufficient time to offer the appointment to another waiting patient. Therefore, please be aware that a late cancellation may incur a fee.
You will receive a confirmation email the day prior to your initial consultation, in this email there is a link that we ask you to please fill in prior to your appointment.
Allow up to 45 minutes for your first consultation and please bring any x-rays, scans or other relevant medical reports to the appointment. For new patient babies please bring along their Maternal and Child Health ‘green’ book to the appointment as well as a bottle if not breastfeeding.
Your practitioner will ask questions about your problem and symptoms and take a detailed medical history. Then they will conduct a thorough examination of the body which includes the area where you have pain/discomfort and related areas, to help determine how best to manage your condition. Once the osteopath has finished their examination they will formulate a diagnosis and discuss a treatment plan with you.
Your treatment will be tailored to your condition and may include soft tissue massage, manipulation, articulation, stretching, and gentle balancing techniques. Treatment may also include advice on stretching and strengthening exercises, posture, diet, ergonomics and stress management techniques.
As osteopathy is a ‘hands on’ manual therapy, often the practitioner will ask you to remove some clothing, e.g trousers or top, depending on the area of your body requiring treatment. It’s important that you feel comfortable, so you may want to wear loose pants or bring a pair of shorts to change into.
Your initial consultation will take up to 45 minutes. This will enable your osteopath to take a thorough history, examine and treat you. Follow-up treatments are shorter and take up to 30 minutes. If you are a current client of the clinic and feel like you would like an extended consultation we do offer long return consultations that are up to 45 minutes long.
As a private paying patient you don’t need a referral to see an osteopath. Osteopaths are registered with the Australian Health Regulatory Agency and are primary healthcare practitioners. The only times you will require a referral from your General Practitioner (GP) is if you want to claim through Medicare on a Chronic Disease management (CDM) Plan or if you are a Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) client.