There are a number of reasons why people seek Osteopathic care:
* Back and neck discomfort
* Lifting / twisting injuries or falls
* Sport related injury
* Injury prevention and management
* Joint problems (shoulder, hip, knee, ankle)
* Discomfort associated with pregnancy
* Breathing issues
* Issues with digestion
* Osteopathy for babies or children
A bit about the profession:
A.T Still founded Osteopathy in the late 1800's, based on principles relating to the body being a functional unit with the ability to self regulate and self correct, if given the right environment to operate in. Over the years, Osteopaths have maintained these early principles but we now have a growing scientific base which we can draw on to enhance the reasoning behind our diagnosis and inform our chosen treatment.
People often ask "what does an Osteopath do?" The answer is often varied, depending on who you are asking or referring to. There are Osteopaths who prefer to approach the body from a structural point of view, focussing on spinal and peripheral joint movement, muscle health, biomechanics and posture. Other areas of osteopathy include cranial and visceral osteopathy, both of which can be helpful in managing various health complaints or issues. Cranial osteopathy can be particularly helpful for infants in managing ongoing issues from childbirth. Many Osteopaths will combine all of the mentioned techniques, depending on the needs of the client.
A large part of an Osteopath's training involves being able to diagnose and identify what is causing your symptoms. Accurate diagnosis is vital in your management and recovery. Symptoms and examination can sometimes reveal a more serious health issue, in which your Osteopath will refer you down the appropriate channel.
In New Zealand, Osteopaths must be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ). NZ trained Osteopaths study for a total of 5 years, in which they must complete a Masters of Osteopathy to become registered. Registered Osteopaths are ACC accredited, enabling the provision of subsidised treatment. If you have had a recent injury there is no need to visit your doctor first, your Osteopath can process an ACC claim for you.