Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.
We are trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, bio-mechanics, general medical diagnosis, medical history and theory, and work holistically to help our patients restore good health and well-being.
A form of manual medicine, osteopathy facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit (your body).
Fundamentally, if your body is out of balance, tight, loose or achy, then you are less likely to be able to use it properly. We help get all of your body parts to work together again when they’ve forgotten how to. This typically happens as a result of use injury, postural tendencies, internal or external stressors, or other lifestyle factors.
We use skilled evaluation and diagnosis to identify dysfunction in your body’s structures and systems, and draw on a wide range of hands-on techniques to help remove any restrictions and facilitate the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
Osteopathic treatment uses a range of techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation and manipulation of specific joints and soft tissues using direct or indirect techniques.
Not all osteopaths use all of the techniques, and some may prefer certain techniques over others. In our practice, we place a strong emphasis on tuning into the specific needs of our patients and tailoring treatment plans accordingly.
We don’t use any special equipment or props. Our eyes, ears and hands, are our best tools to gather information and do the job more efficiently.
Our training also helps us to recognise conditions which require medical referral. We work with other registered health professionals, including general practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service to our patients.
In New Zealand, osteopaths are registered ACC treatment providers, and you do not require a referral from your GP to receive ACC-covered treatment. Osteopathic treatment is also covered by some private health insurers. If your insurance provider doesn’t cover osteopathy, ask them why not.