The name osteopathy stems from the Latin ‘osteon’ for ‘structure’ (often perceived as ‘bone’), and ‘pathos’ for ‘passion for’ or ‘suffering or dysfunction of’. Osteopaths are often thought of as ‘bone doctors’, but our speciality or passion is for structure as a whole. The name was chosen by the founder of osteopathy, Dr Andrew Taylor Still, to recognise the importance of a healthy structure in the body’s functioning and its wellness in general.
Osteopathy is based on the perfection of Nature’s work. When all parts of the human body are in line we have health. When they are not the effect is disease. When the parts are readjusted disease gives place to health. The work of the Osteopath is to adjust the body from the abnormal to the normal; then the abnormal condition gives place to the normal and health is the result of the normal condition.” A. T. Still
According to the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand:
Osteopaths use a variety of techniques to help correct abnormal physical conditions which include back and neck pain, headache, physical injuries to bones, joints and muscles, and many other physical and functional disorders.
A wide variety of treatment techniques are used, which could include manipulation and mobilisation to joints and soft tissues, muscle energy stretches, and cranial-sacral therapy. The Osteopath will use appropriate treatment, after fully assessing the patient.
Osteopaths are front line health professionals and work with other registered health professionals including general practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service to their patients.
Osteopaths are able to treat ACC claims patients without referral from a medical doctor and refer for x-rays and to other health professionals if required.