Osteopaths are registered health practitioners with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) and ACC accredited providers. Osteopaths undergo 5 years of university training including a Bachelor degree followed by a Masters. They are trained extensively in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries and also know when it becomes necessary to refer a patient. If further investigation is required, your Osteopath will recognise this and is able to refer for X-rays, ultrasounds and further specialist care.
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which facilitates healing by focusing on how the musculoskeletal system, nerves, circulation and internal organs function as one unit. We can treat a wide range of conditions including back and neck pain, sports or work injuries and other joint or muscle disorders. We also assist with breathing or digestive complaints, and many other conditions which may have a musculoskeletal component.
Osteopathy is safe and gentle enough to treat people of any age, from young children through to the elderly. Osteopathy recognizes that your symptoms can be the result of a range of physical and non-physical factors (eg: work habits, emotions, nutrition). We make a thorough evaluation and then formulate a diagnosis taking into consideration you as a whole person with your own unique lifestyle. A range of techniques are used such as soft tissue massage, joint articulation, gentle manipulation, stretching, Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and prescriptive Pilates exercises.
You don’t have to be in pain to see an osteopath
Many people will present to a therapist once they have a problem, but often the problem is there well before you actually notice any symptoms. An osteopath is able to pick up on possible strains and treat them before they become an issue. You may feel fine now, but patients often report how much better they feel after a treatment.
We believe that every person is different, with their own individual patterns of tension and unique history. Therefore, there is no generic treatment protocol for a condition. Treatment is an art, taking an integrative approach using a variety of techniques and addressing your whole body, not just your sore spots. We want to help you reach your full health potential, making you feel great in your own body.
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What is the difference between Osteopathy, Chiropractic, and Physiotherapy?
Every practitioner within each industry has their own unique way of treating, therefore it is difficult to describe what the difference is between the three modalities. If you have seen different therapists before you have probably experienced this.
We believe that it is not the role of any health professional to try and define what another health care professional is, and what they do. For more information about what an osteopath does see osteopathsnz.co.nz and our registration body osteopathiccouncil.org.nz.
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