Osteopathy is a gentle and effective physical therapy.
It is used to treat neck and back pain, injuries to bones, joints and muscles, sports injuries, work injuries and postural issues.
Osteopathic treatment can improve joint mobility and reduce muscular tension, inflammation and nerve irritation.
There are many techniques Osteopaths use to help musculoskeletal conditions. These include manipulation and mobilization of joints, massage and stretches and gentle cranial techniques.
In New Zealand Osteopathy is regulated by Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003). This means it is illegal to call yourself an Osteopath in New Zealand unless you meet the academic requirements of the OCNZ.
Osteopaths are front line health professionals and work with other registered health professionals including general practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service for their patients.
Osteopaths can file ACC claims and treat ACC claims patients without a referral from a medical doctor. Osteopaths can also refer for x-rays and to other health professionals if required.