Osteopathy can help with:
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy that assists the body’s own healing capabilities by correcting structural imbalances throughout the body. Osteopaths are primary healthcare practitioners who focus on healing the person as a whole, rather than only chasing symptoms. This often results in faster recovery as other areas of the body that may be contributing to the presenting problem are also addressed. Because osteopaths view the body as a holistic unit, an osteopath will address the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, lymphatic drainage, connective tissue, and viscera (internal organs).
A thorough evaluation and diagnosis will guide the following treatment. Treatment may include a wide range of hands-on techniques including stretching, massage, mobilisation, manipulation, and more gentle and subtle techniques such as cranial. Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions where referral may be required. It is common that Osteopaths work alongside other healthcare providers such as GP’s, specialists, radiologists, and other therapists to provide their patients with the best care possible.
To be a qualified Osteopath a minimum of four to five years of training is required. A practicing Osteopath must be registered with The Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and provide evidence of continued professional development each year.
Osteopaths are registered ACC treatment providers and some private health insurers also provide cover for Osteopathic treatment. It is not required that a GP provide a referral for osteopathic treatment.
Your osteopathic treatment
During your osteopath consultation you will be asked questions about your presenting problem and symptoms. You may also be asked about previous injuries, your medical history, and medications you are taking.
A physical examination will be conducted that may include a postural assessment, observation of your movement, orthopaedic tests, and neurological tests. This will be followed by a treatment that is specific to your needs. Education and advice may also be provided to help manage your condition such as postural advice, work station set-up, sleeping positions, breathing exercises, other exercises and stretches, and much more.
The number of treatments required is specific to each person although generally you would expect to see some changes in your symptoms after only a few visits. Some long-term or chronic conditions however, may require a longer course or more frequent treatment.
If you have a medical condition and you are unsure whether osteopathy would be appropriate for you, please feel free to discuss this with us prior to making an appointment.