The History of Osteopathy
In the mid 1800′ s an American lay-preacher and local medic, Andrew Taylor Still took a fresh look at the human body and came to the realisation that the structure of the body parts dictated, to a large extent, the healthy function of the body.
As he studied and reviewed his initial idea, it became clear that not only was the structure important, but differences in the way in which the body was used could create different shapes in the body parts (what came to be known as Wolff’s law and functional matrix hypothesis). The structure and its function were reciprocally related.
Today we recognise that the mind and body are inter-related.
The emergence of psychologists alongside physiologists and physiotherapists has illustrated the need for a support system from many angles. Osteopaths pride themselves in joining these disciplines into a whole. Your osteopath will view your complaint in terms of the structural damage, as the compromise to function and by the effect on your performance of daily tasks. We use the clinical skills of the doctor and physio to screen for problems and the palpation skills of osteopathy to understand dysfunctions. Where there are areas of specialism required the osteopath will refer appropriately.
Using subtle and refined techniques including stretch and relaxation, mobilisation and manipulation, and by the retraining of the neuro-matrix that controls movement, the osteopath is able to gently encourage a return to normal, and the achievement of full potential.
Get to know us as we get to know you, and the results can be outstanding.
Osteopaths are required to be registered by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand, to maintain their registration by continuous professional development and are bound by the health professions competency assurance act amongst others.
Osteopathy is a protected title that may not be used by non registered practitioners. We choose not to use the title Doctor, but this is acceptable in New Zealand law. Please check that any practitioner calling themselves Doctor is appropriately qualified in their field, and ensure that you are not expecting to see a GP.
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What We Do
We are often asked “What is the difference between physio, chiropractic and osteopathy?”. Whilst this is near impossible to answer, as they are all becoming so similar so fast (and because I’m not a physio or chiro), I can tell you about osteopathy.
The skill of palpation is, in my opinion, the distinguishing feature of osteopaths. Understanding tissue texture (palpation) is a skill that can only be gained through experience, with appropriate academic background to aid interpretation. This skill leads to intelligent choices when deciding on a treatment approach and allows you to take charge of your health direction.
Our Masters of Osteopathy graduates have the academic understanding to really comprehend your situation and the years of palpation practice to know what it means and what to do next. They can refer to others when necessary and commission testing where appropriate, but the skill they have is understanding what is happening under their hands. Inefficiencies in tissues can be quickly resolved through soft tissue mobilisation and a myriad of subtle modification techniques. This can include western medical acupuncture in some circumstances and manipulation to improve vertebral segments when necessary.
The result is a freedom from pain and restriction that has often built up over many years.
Occasional maintenance is sometimes required but for the majority 3-5 visits can be enough to change tissue health substantially. Compare this with other disciplines.
Consider your physical health over the last five years. Is your health as good as you want it to be? Are you struggling to keep up? Have joints tightened and muscles stiffened? Has there been an accident in the past that still bothers you? These are the scenarios we often encounter and help resolve.
Let us know if we can help you.