Frequently asked questions


What can I expect from a treatment session?

Treatment varies to suit your individual needs. Your occupational therapist takes a holistic approach to treatment to overcome any limitations you may be having. A session often includes hands-on treatment as well as education.

Hands-on treatment may consist of a particular treatment technique in isolation or a combination of different techniques in the one session. Some techniques include dry needling, kinesio/rock taping, myofascial release and acupressure. Your occupational therapist may also provide you some stretches and exercises to perform outside of the clinic or discuss factors that may be contributing to your condition; such as your diet, environmental/work factors and stress.

What can I expect after a treatment?

The main aim of treatment is to reduce your pain and improve mobility as soon as possible. In some cases, particularly in the initial stages of treatment, you may feel sore, tired, nauseated or have a headache. This may be a result of your body removing certain toxins that have been released in the treatment. Normally with future treatment sessions, these symptoms reduce or disappear. If you do experience these symptoms after treatment, try to remain hydrated by drinking water regularly and avoid anything that may dehydrate you (eg. caffeine/alcohol).

How long before I see improvement in my condition?

Improvements after treatment varies for everyone. You may see an immediate improvement after one session but sometimes it takes a little longer. It often takes a few more treatments for your condition to stabilise so you can experience ongoing relief. We would anticipate you would notice some improvement in about three to four weeks of treatment. If you have any concerns regarding your progress please speak to your occupational therapist.

Is dry needling safe?

Dry needling may be a treatment offered by your occupational therapist. When done correctly dry needling is a very safe and effective tool in assisting a variety of soft tissue related conditions. The needles used are single use needles, so they come in sterilised packaging, get used in the treatment and then disposed of immediately. There are certain factors that may limit when you can have dry needling (eg. taking blood thinning medication) but your occupational therapist will discuss this with you prior to treatment. If you are under the age of 16, you will require parent or guardian permission.

Do I need a referral to see an occupational therapist?

As a private patient you do NOT need a referral and can make an appointment at Stirling Health Professionals directly. If you require treatment and wish to claim either as a worker’s compensation or motor vehicle accident claim, a referral from your GP or specialist medical practitioner is required..

Am I able to claim through my private health insurance?

Most major health funds cover occupational therapy services. Whether you are covered and the amount you get back from your health fund will depend on the type of cover you have. In most instances, if you have occupational therapy cover you will be able to claim instantly at the clinic through our HICAPS system.