Osteopathy has been around since the American Civil War and in some ways pre-dates what we think of as ‘traditional’ medicine. The term Osteopathy was defined by Dr Andrew Still in Missouri, USA in the mid 1800’s and it has been practiced here in New Zealand since 1930.
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions – it’s a practical form of healthcare that treats the body as a whole by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
“If we remove the obstacles which stop us from being healthy, then we’ll become well” says Clinic Director Richard Moon. ‘Really it’s just common sense’. In order to achieve this seemingly simple aim though, Osteopaths must have a thorough working knowledge of human anatomy & physiology – to the point where they understand exactly what is normal, and what’s not. Treatments can involve a wide range of techniques to help align structures, relieve muscular tensions and release any blockages, to help the body’s natural healing processes accelerate recovery.
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