Should I bring anything to the consultation?
You do not need to bring anything special to an appointment, but if you have any documents related to your condition, please bring them along as they can be very useful. In addition, appropriate undergarments (many women use sports bras) or a pair of shorts may be preferable for your own comfort.
How many treatments will I need?
This really depends on the problem and the way your body responds to the treatment. Some people only need two or three treatments, while others will continue coming every three weeks or so for a few months. Your osteopath will sort out with you a management plan to suit your needs.
How does ACC work?
If the reason you are coming from treatment can be attributed to a specific accident or incident you will likely be eligible to have your treatment subsidized by ACC (see prices). We can manage all the necessary paper work in the clinic.
If you want treatment for an current ACC claim, please bring your ACC information and we can treat you under that claim.
How long does a consultation last?
Sam likes taking time with his patients, so appointments are usually 45 minutes.
Will it hurt?
No, but in some cases osteopathic treatment can cause a bit of discomfort, especially if dealing with tight muscles. However, it should never be beyond your tolerance level, and should be a relaxing experience overall. Your osteopath will make sure that throughout the treatment there is an open line of communication and feedback, so that you can let him know if there is anything you are uncomfortable with.
Do I need a referral?
No, you can decide for yourself to come see us, because osteopaths are trained to be primary health care practitioners. This means that they are responsible for your safety, and will refer you to your doctor if further investigations are required. That is why you should always tell your osteopath about new, undiagnosed symptoms.
What training do osteopaths have?
Osteopaths are required to be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and to maintain a regular schedule of continued professional development. To gain registration, an osteopath must have completed the Masters of Osteopathy degree at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, or an equivalent degree if they have studied overseas. In New Zealand, osteopathy students study full time for at least 5 years before completing the Osteopathy course offered at Unitec. Additionally, Sam has completed numerous post-graduate courses and plans to undertake a post-graduate degree in the treatment and management of Chronic Pain.