We use a variety of osteopathic techniques including structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy.
Welcome to Focus Osteopathy
At Focus Osteopathy we provide a non-invasive, gentle and holistic form of health care to assist in improving your overall health. By changing the body's focus we aim to improve the overall function of your body.
Osteopathy is beneficial for:
ACC approved treatment provider, no referral required
- Back Pain/Sciatica
- Joint Pains/Arthritic Problems
- Neck, Shoulder, Arm Pain
- Muscle tension/Nerve Pain
- Pregnancy related Pains
- Childhood Illnesses- colic/reflux/feeding difficultly
- Injury Recovery-sports, falls, car accidents
- Postural/Work place strains
- Respiratory/Digestive Problems
Osteopathic Council of New Zealand Registered
What Do Osteopaths Treat?
Osteopaths work in an extremely gentle and specific fashion. This means that Osteopathy is a safe and comfortable treatment option for:
Men and women of all ages
Babies and children from birth
Osteopathy can benefit in a wide variety of conditions including:
In most cases individuals notice an improvement in symptoms. If you are unsure if Osteopathy is right for you please don't hesitate to contact us to find out if we can help.
- Back pain
- Neck Pain
- Joint conditions- knees, feet, hips, shoulders etc
- Head and face pain by accident/injury/dental work/orthodontics
- Sports injuries
- Nerve Pain - Sciatica, carpal tunnel, pins and needles
- Menstrual conditions
- Arthritis related pain
- Pregnancy related pain-sciatica, pelvic pain, indigestion
- Post surgical conditions
- Irritable bowel and constipation
- Babies and children with various conditions
- Sleep disturbance, concentration and energy levels
Cranial Osteopathy is a subtle and gentle approach in treating the whole body. It uses very gentle pressures to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body by working on the deeper structures of the body including bones, membranes and nerves. Osteopaths are trained to feel for rhythmic shape changes that are present in all body tissue. This is called the involuntary motion. When there are strains present the Osteopath can feel restrictions in the movement patterns of the body's structures and fluids by assessing these shape changes. Any restrictions can then be treated and relieved using very subtle realignment techniques to re-establish normal cranial rhythms, allowing the body to restore normal health.
Within Cranial Osteopathy, treatment was initially focused to the motion of the bones and membranes throughout the head and their influence on the nervous system and the fluid that bathes it. However it has since been discovered that the techniques used in cranial osteopathy could be applied to any part of the body. The mobility of the bones within the head still remain significant when treating with cranial osteopathy particularly when treating conditions such as headaches, migraines, dental problems, sinus problems, ear infections, nervous conditions and birth strains in babies.
Osteopathy For Babies
Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subject to enormous forces as the uterus pushes to expel the baby against the resistance of the birth canal. The bones of the head are designed to overlap to reduce the size of the head as it is expelled, the bones bend and warp as the baby descends, absorbing the stresses of a natural delivery.
If the labour is interrupted, prolonged, or requires intervention such as suction or forceps, or if the baby is engaged for a long period of time before labour, the baby's ability to absorb these stresses may be overwhelmed, and it may be left with strains, compressions or torsions though its head or body.
The above stresses can result in the baby's head being oddly shaped with moulding strains present. A baby can usually resolve these strains in the first few days with yawning, crying and suckling. However this un-moulding process is often incomplete, causing the baby to have to cope with these uncomfortable stresses within the head and body. These strains and stresses can present as various symptoms such as:
Caesarean babies can also be affected by the birth process. They may have had an unusual lying position within the womb which caused a build up of pressure through the head or pelvis, or a prolonged and difficult labour that ultimately ended in a Caesarean section. Even with planned sections the action of the very quick birth can often lead to irritation of the nervous system.
- Sickness and wind
- Digestive upset
- Poor feeding and latching on
- Excessive crying
- Recurrent sickness or illnesses
- Recurrent otitis media (ear infections)
- Poor settling
- Dislike of being held
Cranial Osteopathy is the most common technique used to treat babies and children. It is a very safe and gentle way to treat newborns. Gentle touch/palpation is used to assess the child for strains and unresolved moulding through the skull as well as through the rest of the body. Various subtle techniques are then used to release the strains and guide the tissues into better motion. Often the baby or child is very relaxed after treatment and may sleep for longer than usual. Occasionally children are unsettled after treatment. This is a temporary situation and is usually due to the child responding to the treatment, feeling different within its self.
What would happen if a child doesn't receive treatment for these birth strains? Often toddlers and children will present with a weakened immune system, suffering coughs and colds and various non-descript infections. Other common symptoms include recurrent ear infections, sleep disturbances, sinus, dental and behavioural problems, and crawling and walking delays. All of which can be potentially treated with Osteopathy.
About The Osteopath
B.App.Sc (Human Biology), M.Ost, MOCNZ. Dip Comp Health.
Vicky qualified with a Masters of Osteopathy in 2004 from Unitec, Auckland, NZ. Vicky has returned to NZ, after working in Ireland for a year, to fulfil her goal of set up her own practice. She previously worked in a well known Lower Hutt clinic for three years where she further developed her Osteopathic skills in treating a variety of conditions. Under the guidance of some of Wellington's leading paediatric and cranial Osteopaths, she also developed her knowledge and skills in treating babies, children and pregnant women.
Previously playing Women's soccer in Wellington and Auckland, to a high level, Vicky has an appreciation for the biomechanical stresses and strains that come with playing sport, and is interested in treating sports people to optimise their performance and prevent or resolve injuries.
Vicky uses a variety of gentle Osteopathic techniques such as structural, cranial, functional and visceral techniques for a wide range of health problems. Vicky is keen to aid her clients in maintaining their own health, and is therefore happy to give advice and exercises where appropriate.