FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a referral from my GP to come and see you?

No referral is necessary. ACC can be completed directly at the clinic as we are ACC accredited.

 

What happens during an osteopathy appointment?

One of our experienced osteopaths will begin by gathering details about your symptoms, general health, and medical history. They will then carry out physical examinations including any necessary medical tests. You may be required to undress so they can observe your posture and simple movements to help assess how your body is functioning.

 

The osteopathic consultation may include orthopaedic, neurological and other system examinations to help assessment and diagnosis, ensuring your suitability for osteopathic treatment. If necessary, your osteopath may refer for other tests, such as X-rays, scans or blood tests, or to other health care providers.

 

Is osteopathic treatment painful?

Most osteopathic treatment is gentle and shouldn’t cause any discomfort. Most people find treatment relaxing. However, particularly in the case of the care of injuries, some treatment may require the handling of painful areas. Some people experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment similar to what you would feel after unaccustomed exercise.

 

How long will each treatment take?

Depending on the condition, a treatment can take up to 30 minutes.

 

What do I need to bring?

Your osteopath will ask to see any X-rays, scans or test results that you may have. You may want to wear loose clothing or bring a pair of shorts in case your osteopath needs to work on your lower limbs. If you have any questions or would like more details, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

What does it take to become qualified as an Osteopath?

Osteopath practitioners in New Zealand must complete a five-year, full-time masters degree, become registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, and dedicate 25 hours to professional development every year.

 

Do you have a good network of health practioners you can refer me to if necessary?

Yes, we work alongside a local, professional referral network with the medical community and liaise regularly with consultants, GPs, midwives and other therapists.

 

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is based on the principle that the wellbeing of an individual depends on their whole body being in balance so it can continue to heal itself. This means bones, muscles, ligaments and connective tissue all functioning smoothly together. Using hands-on therapy, including cranial, structural and biodynamic techniques, osteopathy is used to treat a wide range of physical, mental and emotional health concerns. 

 

What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head. It is extremely effective in treating a wide range of conditions in people of all ages. Find out more here.

 

What is Structural Osteopathy?

This is the most common approach to osteopathic treatment and is the foundation for modern training. Structural osteopathy involves using manual techniques to affect the musculoskeletal system. By moving joints and stretching muscles, they can reach into your body and affect the nervous system, blood supply and organ function. 

 

What is Biodynamic Osteopathy? 

Biodynamic osteopathy supports the body’s self-healing forces in order to reestablish health. Your osteopath will use their hands to sense, diagnose and treat, to restore natural motion to all the tissues in your body. It’s about bringing the body to its neutral point, where you feel harmony and unity in your body.

What are the benefits of Osteopathy?

The most obvious benefit of osteopathy is the ability of osteopaths to

treat pain that you experience in a way that considers you as a person

and your body as a whole.

Osteopathic treatment can be used to effectively reduce and cure pain

that you experience in a number of different areas of your body.

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