Health is not simply the absence of disease or pain.
It is a state of balance and harmony between the body and mind of a person.
In health, a person should be able to respond to events such as accidents, infections or emotional stress, deal with these events and restore itself to optimum health afterwards.
The majority of people are not in full health, but are carrying an accumulation of the effects of different traumatic events that have happened to them during their life.
People often wonder.........
What Is An Osteopath?
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which facilitates healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.
Osteopaths must be a member of the governing body: Osteopathic Council of NZ which has strict regulations on qualifications and continued professional development.
Osteopaths are ACC registered providers. You do not need a GP referral to receive ACC cover.
Your Osteopath can make the appropriate referrals to other specialists for you depending on your injury, be it for X-Rays, Ultrasound, Orthopaedic review etc.
Osteopathy is suitable for all ages and abilities.
What Do Osteopaths Treat?
Here's The Answer....
Osteopathy is most commonly associated with musculo-skeletal medicine - biomechanical back and neck pain, sport or work injuries, or other joint or muscle disorders." (Osteopaths New Zealand).
However, as osteopathy is a holistic form of healthcare which helps individuals improve or restore health and well being, there are many other reasons someone may visit an Osteopath
To list a few:
- Back & Neck Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Pregnancy Pain & Post-Birth Pain
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- All joints injuries; shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, hips etc
- Digestive problems
- Muscle strains
- Joint Sprains
- & much more!
More about Osteopathy
Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, osteopaths can identify important types of dysfunction in your body. Osteopathic treatment uses techniques such as stretching and massage for general treatment of the soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) along with mobilisation (moving) and manipulation (clicking) of specific joints and soft tissues using direct or indirect techniques.
In New Zealand, osteopaths are university trained in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and osteopathic techniques. Osteopaths are trained to recognise conditions which require medical referral. They work with other registered health professionals including general practitioners, specialists and radiologists to provide the best service to their patients.
Osteopaths are registered ACC treatment providers, and you do not require a referral from your GP to receive ACC covered treatment. Osteopathic treatment is also covered by some private health insurers." (Extract taken form the Osteopaths New Zealand Website)
The most commonly used Osteopathic techniques include:
Coupled with manual techniques advice is also provided on posture, ergonomics (mechanical use of the body) and nutritional supplementation.
Osteopaths use their hands....no gadgets or machines.
With exercise prescription we aim to empower you to manage and maintain your body's muscle balance and health, to reduce vulnerability and help prevent future re-injury.
- Soft tissue massage to reduce muscle tension
- Articulation or gentle joint movement to improve nutrition in and around the joint cavity and to increase the joints range of motion.
- Inhibition / Neuromuscular Release to specific points on a muscle to release acute "muscle spasm", without causing further irritation to inflamed tissues....this is sometimes called 'Trigger-Pointing"
- Manipulation ('clicking') and mobilization (moving) to increase the range of motion of a specific joint
- Visceral techniques to influence the body's organs - reducing soft tissue adhesions and improving circulation and function.
- Osteopathy in the Cranial Field is a technique often used to treat babies and children but can be used in the treatment anyone. It is a very gentle technique that works on the subtle involuntary movements of our skeleton, soft tissues & fluids.
- Stretching of tight or shortened muscles. (which you may also be shown how to do at home)
- Your Osteopath may show you strength exercises to do at home to strengthen weakened muscle groups and create better stability for your body.
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Tessa is a UK trained Osteopath. Graduating in 2002 with an Honours Degree in Osteopathic Medicine. She has been living and working in NZ since late 2002. Initially working for a short spell with Body Mechanics Rotorua/Matamata & Papamoa, and then later with the Mount Osteopathic Clinic, Health 4 U & Papamoa Family Osteopathic Clinic. Tessa has been running her own clinic since 2009, initially in Papamoa & for the past 3 1/2 years in Mount Maunganui.
Tessa has an particular interest in working with rehabilitation, pregnancy pain, neck pain/headaches, although treats a full spectrum of issues. Her methods are mainly 'structural' (mobilising joints and using massage & manipulation) but also practices Cranial Osteopathy, Visceral Osteopathy (working with the abdominal and pelvic organs) and functional Osteopathy (a very gentle method of mobilisation).
Tessa worked with the Mount Premier Rugby Team for two years providing pitch-side first aid and injury rehabilitation. She also taught mat Pilates for 5 years.
Tessa has also been known to treat our four legged canine friends for their aches and pains too with some Canine Osteopathy!
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