Frequently asked questions

What can I expect from a treatment session?

As each individual is different, so too will their treatment.  It is the aim of an Occupational Therapist to take a holistic approach to treatment to overcome any limitations you may be having.  A session will often consist of hands-on treatment and patient education.  Hands-on treatment may consist of a particular treatment technique in isolation or a combination of different techniques in the one session. Some techniques include, dry needling, kinesio/rock taping, myofascial release and acupressure. Education may be as simple as providing stretches and exercises to perform outside of the clinic or may be more involved discussing factors that may be contributing to the individual’s condition; examples of this include nutrition, environmental/work factors and stress.

Can I expect anything after a treatment?

Naturally our main aim of treatment is to reduce pain and improve mobility as soon as possible. In some cases, particularly in the initial stages of treatment, individuals may feel sore, fatigued, nauseated and have a headache. The reason for this is the body is in the process of removing certain toxins that have been released in the treatment.  Normally with future treatment sessions, these negative symptoms post treatment, reduce or dissipate. The best thing you can do is to main hydrated by drinking water regularly and avoid anything that may dehydrate you (eg. caffeine/alcohol).

How long before I see improvement in my condition?

Once again every individual and condition is different. Some individuals see an immediate improvement after one session whilst for others it takes a little longer. This immediate relief is often symptomatic relief and often takes a few more treatments for the condition to stabilise.  We would anticipate some improvement in about 3-4 weeks. If you have any concerns regarding your progress please speak to your Occupational Therapist.

Is dry needling safe?

When done correctly dry needling is a very safe and effective tool in assisting a variety of soft tissue related conditions. The needles used are single use needles, so they come in sterilised packaging, get used in the treatment and then disposed of immediately. There are certain factors that may limit individual’s having dry needling done (eg. taking blood thinning medication) but your Occupational Therapist will discuss this with you prior to treatment.   Any individual under the age of 16 will require parent or guardian permission.

Do I need a referral to see an Occupational Therapist?

As a private patient you do NOT need a referral and can make an appointment with our friendly front-end staff.  If you are requiring treatment and wish to claim either as a worker’s compensation or motor vehicle accident claim you will require a referral from your GP or specialist medical practitioner to claim.

Am I able to claim through my private health insurance?

Most major health funds cover Occupational Therapy services. Whether you are covered and the amount you get back from your health fund will depend on the type of cover you have.  In most instances if you have Occupational Therapy cover you will be able to claim instantly at the clinic through our HICAPS system.

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Occupational Therapy Operating Hours

Monday 7:45am - 11:00am
Tuesday 7:45am - 11:00am
3:00pm - 6:30pm
Wednesday 7:45am - 11:00am
3:00pm - 5:45pm
Thursday 7:45am - 11:00am
Friday (closed)
Saturday 7:45am - 12:00pm
Sunday (closed)