Principles of Osteopathy

The Basic Principles of Osteopathy


  • The body contains within itself a self-regulatory and self-healing system to combat disease processes


  • The person is a unit in which structure, function, mind and spirit are interrelated


  • Adequate function of the body's systems depends upon an unimpeded blood and nerve supply


Osteopathic treatments involve gentle, effective hands on treatment following whole body Osteopathic diagnosis. All our Osteopaths are fully qualified and experienced in cranial Osteopathy and structural Osteopathic medicine.



What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a practical form of health care that treats the body as a whole. Osteopathy is a hands on treatment that works on the physical body to allow it to return to good health. Osteopathy was defined by Dr A.T.Still in Missouri, USA, in the mid 1800s and has been used in New Zealand since the 1930s.

Osteopathy in practice. Who can osteopaths treat?

Osteopaths can treat any person of any age from the newborn to the very old. Young children, older people and people in a fragile state are treated using Cranial Osteopathy, while most people respond to structural treatment.

What can osteopathy treat?

Osteopaths treat a wide range of problems that the body suffers throughout life.These range from the acute pains caused through injury or trauma, to the chronic pains caused by occupational stress and repetitive strains. Other conditions which often get a medical label on them, such as asthma (breathing problems), hypertension (high blood pressure), cephalalgia (headaches) and a host of others, all have a structural component that can be treated by an osteopath. Osteopathic medicine is very effective in treating the problems that develop during pregnancy and early childhood and is particularly appropriate following childbirth to prevent post natal depression and to assist in regaining normal hormone levels. Osteopathic treatment can be used in conjunction with your normal medication and can be adapted to treat any age or condition.












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