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Dr. Melissa Ward

Osteopath – (Joints, Muscles & Spine)

Melissa Ward is a registered osteopath and member of Osteopathy Australia. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and a Masters in Health Science (Osteopathy) and has been working in private practice in the northern suburbs of Melbourne for the last 15 years.

Her osteopathic treatment consists of techniques such as joint manipulation, soft tissue and trigger point therapy, articulation and stretching that focuses on restoring symmetry and balance to the body. She has a keen interest in educating patients of the factors that are contributing to their pain, incorporating ergonomic advice regarding sitting, standing, stretching and simple exercises into her treatment.

Melissa has a keen interest in keeping fit and healthy and enjoys being outdoors with her family. She believes that the key to being proactive about your health is understanding why you have pain and what self management strategies ( body and mind) you can implement to better manage your overall health.

Melissa has vast experience in treating common musculoskeletal aches and pain and sees people of all ages with conditions such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain and headaches.

No referral is necessary to make an appointment (unless you are referred for treatment under and Chronic Disease Management (CDM/EPC) plan through Medicare). Private health insurance rebates can be claimed at the time of your appointment and CDM/ EPC rebates can be processed if required. No treatments available under TAC and Work Cover.


Osteopathy

Osteopaths are allied health professionals who provide hands on treatment for many musculoskeletal aches and pains including neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches, sporting injuries and repetitive strain injuries. We treat the whole body with techniques such as deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy, joint manipulation, articulation and stretching, and focus on restoring movement and reducing pain and stiffness. We also recognise that chronic stress, inactivity and some lifestyle factors can influence your pain and understand the mind body connection associated with pain. People of all ages consult osteopaths.

Osteopaths have undertaken at least 5 years of University studies, are registered with AHPRA , and are required to undertake continuing professional development yearly to further their skills and knowledge. Osteopathic training involves comprehensive study of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics (how the body moves) to better understand your overall health and wellbeing. Our focus is to restore symmetry to the body, to educate your on the factors that are causing and contributing to your pain and assist you in establishing self management strategies that are easy to follow and achievable.

Initial consultations are 45 minutes in duration and include questioning regarding your pain and the likely causes, an assessment, treatment and management plan. We provide ‘hands on treatment’ (including deep tissue massage), stretches and postural advice (sleeping, sitting, workstation or technology postures) as well as stretches and strengthening exercises to address the underlying causes. Subsequent consultation are 30 minutes in duration. We commonly work alongside other health professionals such as GP’s podiatrists, physiotherapists and exercise physiologists and can participate in Enhanced Primary Care Plan (EPC)/ Chronic Disease Management (CDM) plan in conjunction with your GP through medicare with the appropriate referral.

No referral is necessary to make an appointment (unless you are referred for treatment under and Chronic Disease Management (CDM/EPC) plan through Medicare). Private health insurance rebates can be claimed at the time of your appointment and CDM/ EPC rebates can be processed if required. No treatments available under TAC and Work Cover.

Appointment Prices

  • Initial Osteopathy Consultation (45 minutes ). $95
  • Subsequent Osteopathy Consultation (30 minutes) $85

If you would like more information regarding how Osteopathy may benefit you, or to make an appointment please call Melissa on 0457 641 057 or follow the online booking like below.

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