What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest growing health-care professions around the world and is a  noninvasive holistic therapy that treats various medical disorders through the physical manipulation of joints, bones and muscles. Through this practice, it aims to improve the body’s core functions by strengthening the musculoskeletal framework and triggering the nervous, circulatory and lymphatic systems.

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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU AT BOX HILL OSTEOPATHY

At Box Hill Osteopathy we are here to help you  strengthen  your body,  release  tightness and tension and  find comfort  in your daily life again.

Through our holistic approach to treatment, we can help you find balance in your life and be free of the pain that has brought you through our doors. We will listen and work with you to construct a plan of treatment by first pinpointing your areas of pain and discomfort, addressing these areas through various physical techniques and further promoting the healing process by helping you to implement an ongoing holistic strategy that you can take home with you.

For over a decade we have been providing treatments to residents across Melbourne, building a strong community within our clinic. We invite you to come join us and discover the benefits of our Osteopathic practices. 

Common issues that we treat on a daily basis are:​

  • Neck and back pain

  • Tendon and joint pain

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Shoulder pain

  • Postural problems

  • Sports and exercise injuries

  • Foot pain and Plantar Fasciitis

  • Sciatica pain

  • Wrist pain and carpal tunnel

  • Tennis/golfers elbow

  • Pregnancy pain

  • Women's health concerns

  • Jaw pain

  • Spinal pain

  • Muscular tightness and imbalances

  • Tendon injuries

  • Hip and knee pain

  • Ankle pain

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YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION

Your initial consultation will take about 1 hour. It will be very important for us to understand your goals and start you on a program to achieve them. The first step will be for us to learn all we can about the specifics of your physical wellbeing and discuss the areas of your body in which you have been experiencing aches, pains, tension or discomfort. Once we have a comprehensive understanding of your physical wellbeing, we will conduct a thorough assessment and physical examination, after which we will usually be able to identify the cause of your concerns and discuss a plan of treatment. We will then begin to implement this plan through your first physical manipulation. Following this, we will then discuss a holistic strategy that will enable you to continue the healing process at home, through a combination of exercises and lifestyle choices. 

Some techniques that we might use during treatment include massage, stretching, joint articulation and joint manipulation. Of course, if you are uncomfortable with anything during the consultation, we will listen to your concerns and adjust our treatment accordingly. Our osteopathic doctors have many years of experience and a plethora of techniques at their disposal so that we are able to adapt and make these adjustments where necessary.

During the first consultation you will:

  • Receive a written plan that details what kind of relief you would expect to get

  • Get clarity about what is causing your symptoms

  • Find out all the right things you need to be doing to help yourself

  • Know what you shouldn’t be doing or what could be making your symptoms worse

  • Be confident about what you need to do to keep the pain away for good

Follow up consultations typically involve a reassessment to make sure we are on the right path, then a similar treatment if all is going well. The number of follow up treatments varies greatly depending on your condition. Some patients may only require 1-2 sessions, where others may need ongoing monthly or bi-monthly treatments. Your osteopath will discuss the best course of action that is tailored to you and your needs.

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WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

Your private health insurance membership card (if applicable). BHO has HICAPS facilities, which allows you to claim on the spot. Any past X-Rays, MRI’s or CT scans that you feel are relevant to your presentation.

You will not need a referral from a GP to visit an osteopath, but if you are eligible for the medicare EPC plan, or covered by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, please bring the referral form with you.

For all TAC and WorkSafe patients, please bring your claim number to the initial consultation. (Please note that for all Medicare, WorkSafe and TAC claims, you will need to pay for your consultation upfront, and you will be issued with an invoice to claim).

Please wear comfortable clothing, and depending on the area treated, you might need to disrobe for the treatment, just leaving your underwear on. You will be well covered, and a gown can be provided if necessary.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Pete Lockhart

"G'day, my name is Pete and I've been a port of the Box Hill Osteo family since...