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Dr Jessica Oberhofer BSc MHSc Osteopath
Jessica graduated from Victoria University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Osteopathy and is currently a member of Osteopathy Australia. Jessica has been working in multiple private practice clinics in the Eastern suburbs since.
Jessica was originally interested in Osteopathy as she has a great caring nature and genuinely wants to help people of all ages. Her bubbly personality makes her patients feel at ease instantly.
Jessica worked as a corporate massage therapist whilst undertaking her university degree, which provided relief to desk workers for many postural and stress related issues. She now uses a range of techniques including soft tissue massage, manipulation, joint mobilisation and has done extra training in dry needling. She believes in the holistic approach to osteopathic treatment and is passionate about building a balanced and healthy lifestyle herself and for her patients.
Jess has special interest in women’s health such as pregnancy and treating neck and upper back issues including headaches.
Outside the workplace Jess enjoys spending time with her son and family, doing yoga, fitness classes and hiking in the outdoors.
Call 0400 177 190 for an appointment or book online.
Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy which involves the treatment of the joints, muscles, ligaments and all surrounding structures and recognises the important link between the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on the body as a whole and how one part affects the others and how all its parts function as a holistic unit. Osteopathic treatment is based on detailed understanding of anatomy, biomechanics and reflexes of the musculoskeletal system.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify and treat a wide range of dysfunction in your body, aiming to increase the quality and range of movement in the body as well as relieve pain and discomfort therefore increasing health and wellbeing. Osteopathic treatment techniques used by our Osteopaths include soft tissue work, stretching, articulation and mobilisation of specific joints and soft tissues, Osteopathy in the cranial field and myofascial dry needling.
In Australia, osteopaths are government registered healthcare practitioners who complete 5 years at university.
Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners and are trained to recognise conditions that require medical referral. They are also trained to perform standard examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare's Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) and Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Plans. Osteopaths are registered providers for DVA patients, as well as by State workers’ compensation (work cover) schemes and motor accident insurers (TAC).
During your initial consultation, many questions will be asked about your presenting symptoms and a thorough medical history will be taken by your Osteopath. Then a thorough musculoskeletal assessment will be carried out which may include orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assess and diagnose each patient. Your Osteopath will observe your posture and ask you to perform some simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning and why you are experiencing symptoms. Factors which may be affecting your overall wellbeing, like stress, your exercise regime, diet and occupation are also taken into consideration.
There are many different ways that osteopaths can treat so if you have a preference for a particular style, this should be clarified from the onset. If there are any techniques which you do not wish to have done, please let your osteopath know. Your comfort and satisfaction is our number one priority.
We may assist you with any pain that is affecting your musculoskeletal system. People of all ages, from newborn to the elderly may benefit from Osteopathic treatment. Some of the most common problems that people present to an Osteopath for include:
The length of time and the amount of treatments required to get you better will obviously depend on the severity of the injury. However, we can usually give a reasonable estimate depending on what tissue has been injured. For example, a joint sprain in the back may take 2-3 weeks to recover, where a disc injury may take 6-8 weeks to recover.
There are always going to be other factors involved such as age, previous injuries, the likelihood of re-aggravation etc. At the end of your first visit, your osteopath should be able to give a reasonable idea of how long it will take for you to recover.
Yes! Your osteo will recommend things at home/work which you can do to help with your recovery. This may involve using heat/ice, range of movement exercises, ergonomic advice, stretches or targeted strengthening exercises. Or, they may suggest complete rest for a period of time to allow everything to settle.
Different people respond to treatments differently. In most cases, people will feel they can move more freely and have an immediate reduction in pain after. However, it is normal and not uncommon to feel sore and “worked on” for 24-48 hours following a treatment.
If you are concerned that the treatment has flared up the injury, or the pain has not subsided within a few days, don’t hesitate to call and talk your osteopath about this.
This will again depend on factors such as severity of the injury, your age, any previous injury/ies, the likelihood of re-aggravation, chronicity etc. Your osteopath will educate you on the best plan of action to deal with your injury. For an acute injuries, this may only require two or three visits to resolve the problem. For long-standing injuries, the best plan of action may be ongoing treatment at set intervals to prevent flare-ups from occurring.
Initial Consultation $120 /$110 concession (60 minutes)
Regular Consultation $83/$73 concession (30 minutes)
Extended Consultation $130 (60 minutes)
No referral is required.
* We offer Eftpos and HICAPS facilities, which allows you to claim your private healthcare rebate on the spot.
* If your GP has put you on an Enhanced Primary Care plan (EPC), you may be eligible to have some of your treatments covered by Medicare which can be claimed through our hicaps terminal. If you are unsure, speak to your GP or call us today.