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What is Osteopathy ?
Osteopathy is a form of non-invasive manual medicine. Techniques used by Osteopaths encourage movement, circulation and balance within the body. Osteopathy focuses on the individual as a whole and looks beyond the symptoms of a single area. The philosophy of Osteopathy is based on key principles which include the perspective that all parts of the body, functioning together in an integrated fashion, promotes health.
By using a total body approach to health, Osteopathy aims to aid balance and therefore health of the various systems within the body. This may mean treating beyond the specifically symptomatic area and include treatments of joints, muscles, the spine, the nervous, circulatory, respiratory and lymphatic mechanisms.
The manual techniques used treat the various systems of the body and improve movement and circulation. This promotes an environment in which the body can more effectively release its own innate healing mechanisms. These can be impaired by inflammation, pain, stiffness and other physiological conditions leading to immobility and restriction of the musculoskeletal framework and other body systems.
Osteopaths use a broad range of gentle hands-on techniques including soft tissue stretching, deep tactile pressure, and mobilisation or manipulation of joints.
Osteopathy can work in isolation as well being part of a wider treatment plan which may include input from your GP, surgeon, acupuncturist or other practitioner. Both acute and chronic conditions or injuries may benefit from treatment.
Osteopathy is a regulated medical industry and all practicing Osteopaths are required, by law, to be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ).
ACC recognises Osteopathy as a Primary Health Provider and Osteopaths registered with ACC are able to open new ACC claims or treat patients with valid existing ACC claims.
If you feel unsure if or how Osteopathy may be beneficial to your specific treatment needs please call Caron to discuss.