Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine used to treat altered health states/specific conditions/impairments/injuries and their relationship to total body function. Book a consultation at EVOLVE HEALTH ILLAWARRA to find out more about general Osteopathic Medicine.
WHAT IS OSTEOPATHY?
"Osteo" is a form of manual medicine used to treat altered health states/specific conditions/impairments/injuries and their relationship to total body function.
The skilled practitioner uses a 'hands on' approach in assessment, including neuro-
orthopeadic testing, in the formation of a medical diagnosis.
Treatment is then based on this diagnosis and can range from subtle ligamentous balancing to more direct muscle stretching and joint mobilization.
DO I NEED A GP REFERRAL LETTER?
No – no referral is needed and most private health funds provide rebates for treatment.
If you wish to claim back the cost of your treatment through either the Medicare EPC program, Work Cover or Third Party Insurance, a referral from your nominated treating doctor is required.
The body is a unit: the person is a unit comprised of body, mind and spirit.
The body is capable of self regulation, self healing, and health maintenance.
Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated
Rational treatment is based on understanding and implementation of the above three principles.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A OSTEOPATH?
Osteopaths treat a variety of conditions from all body systems/areas including the spine, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory and other systemic systems.
Most people present to an osteopath with acute or ongoing pain, but it is not a requirement.
People often seek osteopathic treatment when feeling restricted in movement, unbalanced, tired, and stressed.
Commonly osteopaths are seen when more common physical therapies have provided limited relief due to their 'total body' approach.
GP MEDICARE REFERRAL PROGRAM FOR CHRONIC CONDITIONS
You may be eligible for a Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan if your condition is chronic or complex. This plan can give you up to 5 treatments with an allied health practitioner, whereby Medicare will cover a portion of the cost. Please discuss with medical practitioner
DR LACHLAN MC GREGOR
Dr. Lachlan McGregor has returned to Wollongong from NZ where he had his own successful multidisciplinary health practice.
Prior to his NZ venture Lachlan worked along side a number of experienced Osteopaths at other Osteopathic clinics in the local area. Lachlan has a Masters in Osteopathy, completed in 2008, with additional qualifications in Musculoskeletal Acupuncture/Dry Needling, DMA Clinical Pilates and Kineso-taping.
Lachlan is also currently completing a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation).
Lachlan is skilled in the diagnosis, treatment and management of numerous medical conditions and altered health states ranging from headache to sporting injuries.
Lachlan takes an evidenced based structural approach to the osteopathic medicine he provides with a particular focus on movement mechanics and lifestyle interactions.
DR NIKELA COULTER
Originally from a small country town in NSW, Nikela grew up with a very active lifestyle playing any team sports available. Her own injuries eventually lead her towards Osteopathy.
Nikela decided to follow her healthcare passion and begin her osteopathic studies at Southern Cross University in Lismore. Since completing her studies, Nikela worked and lived the city life in Sydney, moved across to WA for some West Coast sunsets before returning East to Wollongong to be closer to family and friends.
Nikela is eager to treat patients of all ages and all healthcare needs. She has a new found interest in Women’s Health, including pregnancy and postpartum. She also has an interest in TMJ related pain, neck pain and headaches. Using a range of soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisation, dry needling, stretching and rehabilitation advice, Nikela can assist in getting you pain free and returning to your daily activities. Nikela is passionate about working with patients to create an individual, goal-oriented treatment plan in order to achieve success.