Frequently asked questions

Here are some of the common questions we receive. For more reading,
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What training do Osteopaths have?

All osteopaths have received their qualification in New Zealand, Australia or the United Kingdom. An osteopath is someone who has completed a five year full-time osteopathic program or its equivalent. Once qualified and registered the osteopath is a competent, skilled primary health care practitioner with a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, and medical sciences.

To be able to practice as an osteopath in New Zealand you need to be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

How many treatments will I need?

This varies enormously depending on the length of time the patient has had the problem, how it happened and how healthy the patient is to start the healing process. Most patients have had a significant improvement after 3 visits. Your Osteopath can give you an estimate of many treatments will be needed after the first treatment.

Is Osteopathy safe?

Osteopathy has one of the best safety records of any medically related profession, but no form of medical treatment is ever 100% safe in every case.

An osteopath is trained to recognise any condition that might make osteopathic treatment inadvisable so that a patient may be referred for appropriate medical intervention when necessary.

Osteopaths at Hataitai Osteopaths are all registered with the Osteopathic Council New Zealand (OCNZ) and adhere to the Council’s Code of Ethics, which sets standards of clinical competence, cultural competence, and ethical conduct to be observed by the profession. Our osteopaths regularly complete courses and attend conferences or seminars to ensure their continuing professional development and the highest standard of care of our patients.

What can I expect during an osteopathic treatment? 

The first visit to an osteopath will be along the same lines as an initial visit to a GP. A complete medical history is taken and questions will be asked about lifestyle, diet and emotional status. The osteopath will want to hear about symptoms, as well as details of any past accidents or injuries, even if they may seem unrelated to the your current concerns.

The patient may be asked to remove some outer clothing and to perform some simple movements. This is so the osteopath can observe how the patient is using their body, identify any obvious mobility impairment and evaluate posture.

Please note that all children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when in the treatment room.