Founded in the 1860s by medical Doctor and Surgeon Andrew Still, the Osteopaths New Zealand Association refers to Osteopaths as “primary health care practitioners who recognise the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions”.
Osteopaths focus on gently mobilising the muscles, ligaments and joints, while also incorporating therapeutic massage techniques, cranial treatment, muscle stretches and exercise programs to help relieve pain and improve the overall function of the body. This includes treating complaints that may seem unrelated to the spine or joints.
In order to work as an Osteopath in New Zealand practitioners must hold a current Annual Practising Certificate and be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.
Osteopaths in New Zealand are registered ACC treatment providers (no referral required) and some private health insurers cover Osteopathic treatments.
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Did you know that most health insurances cover osteopathy ?
Some private health insurances will reimburse your fees, and treatment for an ACC covered injury will be less than a full fee, as you are only required to make a co-payment.