The philosophy of Osteopathy is to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. It places emphasis on the relationships between the body's structure, framework and function, teaching the appreciation of the body's ability to heal itself.

Osteopaths work with their hands to perform such treatment using a variety of techniques:
  • Massage and stretching techniques
  • Articulation techniques – passive joint mobilisation
  • Muscle energy techniques – releasing contracted muscles by working against resistance
  • Counterstrain techniques – counter stretching restricted joints and muscles whilst in position of comfort in order to achieve release
  • Functional techniques – gentle joint mobilisation
  • Manipulation
  • Visceral techniques – management of conditions affecting internal organs involving gentle and rhythmical stretching of the visceral areas

Why See an Osteopath?
The most common complaints for which patients consult Osteopaths include back and neck pain, sciatica, headaches, pains in peripheral joints such as shoulders, knees and ankles, tendinitis and muscle strains, work-related and repetitive strain injuries, and sports-related injuries. Other conditions for which Osteopathy can play a significant role in reducing the severity of symptoms include asthma, gynaecological dysfunction, arthritic conditions and chronic fatigue.

When visiting an osteopath for the first time, a full case history will be taken as well as an examination. This generally requires the removing of some clothing and the performance of a simple series of movements.

The Osteopath will use a highly developed sense of touch, called palpation, to identify any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body. Osteopathic treatments are tailored to the requirements of the individual patient, and techniques are selected which are appropriate to the patient's needs. For some acute pain, one to two treatments may be all that is necessary. Chronic conditions may need ongoing maintenance averaging six to eight sessions.

Upper North Island

Botany Sports Osteopath
Golflands , Botany, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Ghassan Alaraji
Phone: 09 537 4980  
Family Osteopathic Clinic
West Harbour, North Island
Registered osteopaths with medical degree
Phone: (09) 416 0097  

Global Health Clinics
Takapuna, North Island
Phone: 09 488 0208  

Harvest Natural Health Centre
Grey Lynn, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Angela Haldane
Phone: 09 376 0174  

Hibiscus Osteopathy & Natural Therapy
Red Beach, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Ian Whitehouse
Phone: 09 426 3972    Mobile: 021 0263 4437  

Matthew Cousins Osteopath (Howick)
Howick, North Island
Phone: 09 535 1999  

Mt Albert Osteopathic Clinic
Mount Albert, North Island
Phone: 09 846 4714   Mobile: 021 284 6471  

Mount Albert Osteopathy & Natural Therapy
Mount Albert, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Ian Whitehouse
Specialising as an Osteopath & Naturopath, Fertility Management & Womens Health, Prenancy care, Allergy Testing, Sound Therapy & nutrition...
Phone: 09 620 9757    Mobile: 021 0263 4437  

Milford, North Shore, Auckland, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Dr Charlotte Dumper (& previously Dr Jarrod Appleton)
Dedicated specialists in CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY with a combined expertise of 20+ years. 
Phone: 09 489 8511  

OsteOasis Osteopathic Clinic
Epsom, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Rebecca McKay-Watts
Phone: 09 6239 073  

Osteopathic Care Centre
Orewa, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Emil Ljubotenski
Phone: 09 426 3351  

Rathbone Clinic Osteopaths
Whangarei, North Island
Effective treatment for Adults, Children and Babies. 
Phone: 0-9-430 6996  

Whangaparaoa Osteopathy
Stanmore Bay, North Island
CONTACT NAME: Koa Thompson
Phone: 09 424 7970  

Lower North Island

Focus Osteopathy
Thorndon, North Island
We use a variety of osteopathic techniques including structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy.
Phone: 04 4723 595  

Mount Maunganui , North Island
Phone: 075743444   Mobile: 027 774 3444  
Knights Osteopathy
Onekawa, North Island
CONTACT NAME: David Knight
Phone: 06 8431 554  
Naturally Holistic Health
Papamoa, North Island
Phone: 07 572 1147  

Natural Therapies
Te Puke, North Island
Phone: 07 573 5533   Mobile: 0274 517 947  

Taupo Osteopathic Clinic
Taupo, North Island
Hi, my name is Richard Brett and I am a London U.K. Trained Osteopath with qualifications in Naturopathy, Bowen technique and Iridology.
Phone: 0-7-378 0010  

Tess Craven Osteopathic Clinic
Mount Maunganui, 
Phone: 07 575 5607    Mobile: 0211 036 846  
The Twig Centre
Lower Hutt, North Island
Osteopathy (ACC Providers), Cranial and Structural, Homeopathy, Acupuncture (ACC Provider).
Phone: 04 939 2505  

Wellington Osteopaths 
147 Dixon St, Wellington 
Osteopathy, kinesiology, naturopathy, bodytalk, reconnective healing. 
Ph: 04 803 3264

South Island     

Helios Integrative Medical Centre
Opawa, South Island
Phone: 03 332 5702  
Richmond Healing Centre
Richmond, South Island
Phone: 03 544 5190   Mobile: 027 542 3522