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What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a practical form of health care that treats the body as a whole. Osteopathy is a hands on treatment that works on the physical body to allow it to return to good health. Osteopathy was defined by Dr A.T. Still in Missouri, USA, in the mid 1800’s and has been used in New Zealand since the 1930’s.
Osteopaths use a wide range of techniques to suit the needs of everyone at any age.
Osteopaths will help you return to well-being with their holistic approach. They can also help you with finding the right form of exercise.

Osteopathy can help you with:

  • Headaches

  • Low back pain and sciatica

  • Neck, arm, shoulder and wrist pain

  • Hip, leg, knee and ankle pain

  • Tingling and numbness in hands or feet

  • Joint and muscle pain

  • Whiplash injury

  • Sports injuries

  • Arthritis


  • Pregnant women

  • Scoliosis management

  • Postural assessment

  • TMJ dysfunction and jaw pain

  • Ribs dysfunction affecting breathing

What happens during the consultation with the Osteopath?

The Osteopath will discuss with you the problem you have and will ask questions about your general health and lifestyle. The Osteopath will ask you details of any injuries you may have had, will want to know if you have had any investigation on those injuries, and also what other treatments you may have received. If you are on any medication, please let the Osteopath know about it.
The Osteopaths will use their hands to test the way your bones, muscles and body moves to find the area that needs to be treated. Sometimes it may be necessary to remove some of your outer clothes so a clearer view of the body can be obtained. They will tell you what they have found and outline how they could treat you, what the outcome should be, and how you may feel as the treatment progresses. They will carry out the treatment that has been agreed on. You may be advised on any things you could do to prevent the condition returning.

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