- What is osteopathy?
Please refer to what is osteopathy in the menu.
- Why should I see an osteopath?
People will usually see an osteopath if they experience pain anywhere or if their physical performance is not where they want it to be. Some people choose to see an osteopath on a regular basis for maintenance purposes, very much like servicing your car.
By assessing the posture and the condition of the structures which make the human body a dynamic machine (the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and organs), osteopathy can help prevent as well as treat injuries.
- Do I need a referral from a GP to see an osteopath?
No, you can make an appointment without referral from anyone else.
- Can osteopaths lodge ACC claims?
If you have had an accident, your osteopath can lodge an ACC claim. However your osteopath can not write you off work – only your GP can do that if necessary.
- Is osteopathy covered under ACC?
Osteopathy is partially covered under ACC. You will usually have to pay a surcharge when seeing an osteopath.
- What training do osteopaths have?
Osteopaths are primary health care practitioners who undergo extensive training. In New Zealand this consists of five years of full time study finishing with a Master of Osteopathy.
- How is osteopathy different from other manual therapies?
It is mainly the philosophical underpinnings that distinguish osteopathy from other professions. We believe in the body functioning as a whole and we try and establish the reasons for pain and restriction as opposed to managing the symptoms.
To us every patient is different and we work out which treatment approach the individual person is most likely to respond best to. Symmetry and textbook descriptions are far less important than function.
At attuned I support patients in their recovery and try to give them tools to help themselves as well.