What is Holistic Physiotherapy?

Holistic physiotherapy comprises of techniques that treat the body as a whole. Conventional physiotherapy may just treat the local area if a patient walks in for instance with shoulder pain. The body is a complex and finely tuned mechanism unique to each individual. A trauma in one part of the body can cause pain in another. Holistic physiotherapy works with this premise and uses a visceral technique called ‘listening” with the hands to find where the greatest restriction sits. The techniques used were developed by prominent osteopaths (go to the ‘about us’ page to find out more) and include visceral manipulation, cranio sacral therapy, trigger point therapy, muscle energy technique and strain-counter-strain therapy.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

You can attend a physiotherapist without a referral.

What should I bring to my initial appointment:

Please bring any relevant X-rays and reports.

What should I wear?

Wear loose comfortable clothing. Yoga gear is too tight and please don’t wear jeans or a dress. Sports shorts can be provided if you forget.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

A thorough case history is taken including looking at reports and scans. An examination, including looking at your pattern of movement in the affected area and your pattern of gait is undertaken. Treatment is hands-on therapies and this will take place over most of the appointment. This is individualised for each client to reduce pain and restore balance to your body.

Do I have to remove my clothes?

Therapy is carried out fully clothed unless the clothes are tight or bulky. I will ask you to remove watches and large pieces of jewellery.

Can I bring a friend, relative or my child?

You are welcome to have someone accompanying you to the visit. If you bring a small child please bring someone to care for them during your treatment.

How long will my appointment take?

The initial consult is 60 minutes. Thereafter if your condition is complex it is recommended to attend extended consults for 60 minutes. As the condition resolves appointments are 45 minutes long.

How will I feel after the treatment?

You may feel sore for up to 48 hours after the treatment. It is recommended that you go for a gentle walk, have a warm shower or bath and drink plenty of water.

These treatments are deep acting and can take up to 14 days to completely settle into the body. As the treatment settles in you will feel more movement and less spasm and pain depending on the condition.

Do I need to rest or can I return to my usual routine immediately post treatment?

It is recommended that you don’t return to demanding physical activity such as sport of gym work within 24 hours of receiving a treatment.

Can I receive rebates?

Yes you can receive rebates from your private health plan and you are also able to visit your GP who will provide you with an Allied Health Plan. This allows you 5 visits with an allied health care professional where Medicare will pay $53.80 towards the visit. You will still be liable for the gap.

How many appointments will I need?

This depends very much on your condition. Initially appointments maybe weekly for 4-5 weeks and then they will spread to fortnightly and then further apart. We will collaborate and come up with the most ideal appointment schedule for you. If the problem is uncomplicated 2-3 visits may resolve it. Those with chronic pain and conditions or those involved in high performance sport may find that maintenance treatment monthly avoids pain and injury.

How much does an appointment cost?

An initial consult or prolonged consult lasts for 60 minutes and is $130. A 45 minute follow up appointment is $115. A portion of this is claimable on your private health plan.

Are there additional investigations or treatments?

If there is no perceived improvement after 2-3 visits it maybe advisable to have a scan or other investigation to clarify what maybe the cause of pain.

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Contact Info for Yoga

The Body Voice Centre, 50 Wolverhampton St, Footscray 3012


Email: info@melbourneholisticphysiotherapy.org

Physiotherapy Bookings in West Footscray

Vanessa works on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at her home clinic in West Footscray. You can book a physio appointment online by clicking on the link below or by calling 0423912452.

Please allow 60 minutes for your first appointment and come suitably dressed. Please check the FAQs for more information about your appointment or email me.

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