All our Osteopaths, have completed either the VUT or RMIT requirements for Victorian state registration to practice manual medicine – either a Masters or Double Bachelor Degree. Ongoing participation in further studies and post-graduate education are often undertaken and are required for ongoing registration.

Osteopaths go right to the cause of your health issue, diagnosing and treating these problems, enabling your muscle and joint systems to work to their BEST.

An Osteopath will advise on posture, work-related and lifestyle issues. Aiming to prevent problems and fix current ones.

An Osteopath uses non-invasive techniques to safely treat the body’s problems. Osteopaths use soft tissue massage, stretching, mobilisation, manipulation, exercise and nutritional prescription.

Hopefully a pleasant and non-intimidating experience! You can feel relaxed and comfortable you’re in good hands. A comprehensive history of your problem and other relevant details will be taken, including past injuries, medical and nutritional history.

You may need to remove some clothing to comprehensively assess and treat your health complaint, but due care is taken to cover you or provide gowns if necessary. During the assessment, movement will be assessed in muscles, joints, ligaments and your spine. Points of stress can be identified during this process. Often this is hands-on.

Your young child is able to receive Osteopathic treatment soon after birth in fact, that can be a great idea. Questions from an Osteopath will focus on pregnancy, birth and early days of life. Our Osteopaths do not manipulate young babies as we find our gentle techniques are very effective

Your baby will not feel any more discomfort than they may already be in. Sometimes, the touch from an Osteopath can remind a child of some of the compressive forces experienced in labour, so crying may occur. Otherwise the pressure is very light and sleep may be induced.

BDHH is a mixed billing private practice, so you do not need a referral to see our GP, Osteopaths, Exercise Physiologists, Naturopaths, Psychologists or Remedial Massage. If you do have a referral on a care plan for Osteopathy, EP or Psychology, our admin team can process these when you attend for your appointment.

In a word – no. At this clinic, we have treated babies at 2 weeks old and 93 years old. Osteopaths will use the BEST treatment according to age and need.

Yes. Some people suffering from chronic conditions can receive a referral for treatment with our Osteopaths, under the government’s EPC plan ask your GP.

Most health funds can provide a rebate on the spot from the HICAPS machine in the clinic. Check with your health fund that you are covered for Osteopathic treatment.

Each Osteopath who consults from BDHH has had very similar training and experience in different areas of muscle and joint medicine. Jess, Samara, Sam, Rebecca, Steve and Steph all utilise dry needling as part of their consult, with Steph and Steve also trained in electro-needling techniques. Most of the Osteopaths us some manipulations, but some do not do as much. Danielle has experience with chronic pain. Sam specializes in scoliosis management and treatment. Samara has an interest in per-partum health care. Jonathan enjoys the nutritional medicine aspects of health.

At your initial naturopathic consultation, you will be asked to arrive 10 minutes early to fill out a brief questionnaire on your health. The first consultation is all about information gathering and goes for 1 hour. I will ask you a series of questions on your health priorities, symptoms, personal and family medical history, current medications, diet, lifestyle and more to gain a comprehensive picture of you and your health. A segment of this consultation will involve various physical assessments such as pH test, blood pressure, weight and height as well as tongue, eyes and nails to detect any nutritional deficiencies or other reasons for disease. Pathology tests or other more specialised tests may also be used or recommended.

The initial consultation allows me to collect information and make an assessment of your condition so that I am able to work out the most effective treatment protocol for you. I will give you some basic lifestyle and diet recommendations associated with your concern and supplements/herbs may be given after this first consultation. I will ensure that the supplements prescribed are safe and have no interactions with any prescribed medicines. These high-quality “practitioner only” products are TGA approved and are produced under Good Manufacturing Practice.

Follow up consultations are half the time of initial consultations and allow you to report back on any changes you have noticed or made. Your first follow up consultation is also the time you will receive your treatment plan based on what was shared at the initial consultation. Further follow up consultations will enable your progress to be tracked, give you that accountability that is so often needed when making changes to your health and allow for any adjustments to your treatment plan.

Daniel Berends consults from BDHH on Monday and Tuesdays. He also facilitates Mental Health First Aid training courses every couple of months.
Emma Millard consults on Thursdays, as does Louisa Cleland
Karen Fossey consults Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Our psychologists at BDHH do not see children directly, but they can support family members with children suffering challenging circumstances.

Often there are similarities between the two massage professions, and clients will need to find which works best for their individual needs. A myotherapist, works a lot with sporting injuries, taking referrals from Physiotherapists and Osteopaths and local sporting clubs and certainly works deeply. Adam provides Remedial Massage and has been helping clients in the local community with acute and chronic muscle and tendon issues for over a decade, particularly work-related stresses and strains. Nicole provides Myotherapy services on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and once a month on Saturdays.

Yes. There is a small gap payment due to us asking for payment direct from the patient or client, then you can receive reimbursement from your third party payer. Please bring all relevant documentation, including claim number, date of accident, employer, referring doctor and scan results. The more information you provide, the better we can help you.
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