We focus on acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal injuries and pain management, as well as education and preventative care.
What is osteopathy?
Who we are
Lismore Osteopathy opened its doors in January 2012 by Dean Pollock. The clinic is now owned and run by two Osteopaths Hugo Pereira and Anthony Thompson.
Where we are
Lismore Osteopathy is located at 1/42 Woodlark Street, Lismore, above Higgin’s Real Estate, opposite National Australia Bank, just to the right side of Richmond Hotel, with the door to steps right in front of the red bench seat.
How to book
The easiest way to make an appointment at Lismore Osteopathy is through our online booking system, by clicking the link “book appointment online”.
What we do
Workplace injuries | Neck or back pain | Leg pain
Postural issues | Sciatica | Weight-bearing issues
Balancing and walking issues | Sports injuries
Muscular sprains and strains | Hip, knee or foot pain
Shoulder or elbow pain | Arthritis | Scoliosis
Osteoporosis | Tendon problems
Headaches and migraines
The aim of a treatment at Lismore Osteopathy is to return your body to its own normal, to allow the inherent healing mechanisms to function at optimal levels. In doing this, hands on treatment will be performed. A treatment may involve a combination of direct stronger techniques and more gentle techniques depending on the most appropriate course of action for the individual. A thorough examination will be performed from a global perspective and narrowing in to your specific issues.
Hands-on treatments can include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation.
You will remain fully clothed during a treatment, however if your presenting complaint is in the upper or lower extremity easy access to these areas is advisable. Gowns are available for you to use and you will be covered with clean towels during the treatment.
An initial Osteopathic consultation involves taking a complete medical history, a thorough osteopathic examination and treatment.
A Standard Osteopathic Consultation involves a brief history or review of the last consultation and Osteopathic treatment.
At Lismore Osteopathy, treatment may be applied to a number of different tissues with-in the body to enhance the outcome of treatment.
- Fascia/Connective tissue
- Fluid (Vascular/Lymphatic)
At Lismore Osteopathy, the treatment may involve a combination of techniques (listed below) suited to your individual needs:
- Full Body Screen – a global examination of your body, with focus on the areas in question
- Muscle Energy Techniques (MET) – patient assisted techniques using muscle contractions to increase joint range of motion and alignment
- Inhibition – A direct pressure applied to a specific area of soft tissue to release and relax that tissue
- Positional Release – positioning of specific muscles in a relaxed position allowing a release for inflamed or injured joints
- Myofascial Release – to release fascial restrictions
- Balanced Tension – to balance the tension in soft tissues throughout the body
- Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) – techniques used to balance the inherent movement within the Central Nervous System
- Osteopathic Soft Tissue Techniques – to increase body temperature and blood flow and relax muscles
- Manipulation – commonly referred to as ‘cracking of joints’. A force is applied at a high velocity to open up restricted joints with the popping noise being a release of air within the joint
- Exercise Prescription – self maintenance is part of the treatment plan to allow you to return to your normal as quickly as possible
Although there are not many conditions that require diagnostic imaging before a first appointment, if you have any X-rays, scans, diagnostic imaging, test results or reports for your injury or condition, bring them along.
Yes, see a GP for an Allied Health Care Plan, Chronic Disease Management Plan, to qualify you need to have had the pain or condition for at least 3 months. Once approved, you will get 5 allied health appointments, covered by a Medicare Rebate.
To receive the rebate you must first pay the standard consultation fee, then the medicare rebate will be processed and deposited into your chosen bank account. In most situations, you can claim the 85% benefit.
Your osteopath may process a Medicare claim for you online or via their EFTPOS terminal, or they might give you a receipt which you can submit to Medicare – either online, by post or by visiting a Department of Human Services office.
You may also be able to claim a Medicare rebate for some X-rays referred by an osteopath. These include examinations of the:
One or more regions of the spine
When referred for medical imaging, check with the imaging provider about the Medicare benefit amount and whether there are any gap fees.
All private health insurance funds cover osteopathy and will reimburse all or part of the cost if it is part of your specific level of cover. You will need to check with your fund or insurer to confirm your level of cover.
If you are attending the clinic as a private patient you do not need a referral, if you intend to use the medicare rebate plan, you will need a referral from a GP.
Yes, eftpos facilities are available.
At Lismore Osteopathy we are government registered allied health practitioners, dedicated in understanding the interaction between the different structures and systems of the human body and their relationship to your health.