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 skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses 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.
In New Zealand, osteopaths are university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They work with other registered health professionals including general practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service to their patients.
Active Osteopathy is a registered ACC treatment provider, 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.
The Osteopathic approach is unique as it looks at the body as a single unit therefore not just focusing on the site of pain that you come in with but looking at where in the body the problem might actually have started.
We call this a Whole Body Approach!
Common problems Active Osteopathy can assist you with:
- Acute or chronic muscular pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Back Pain and Neck pain
- Joint injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Shoulder problems/pain
- Postural problems
- Work injuries
- Injuries after a car accident
- Sports Injuries
- Pregnancy Related Pain
- Sleep Disorders
- Digestive problems
- Clicky Jaws or jaw pain
- Ear infections
- Digestive Problems
- Recurrent UTI (Urinary Tract Infections)