Conditions we Regularly Treat
Osteopathic medicine is a gentle, safe and effective treatment suitable for all ages. Osteopathic treatment uses a range of soft tissue and manipulative techniques applied to the muscles, ligaments and joints. The selection of techniques depends on what the practitioner feels is most appropriate, and will be discussed with you.
Osteopathic medicine, in combination with medical acupuncture can effectively treat a wide variety of conditions, including:
Back and neck pain
Muscle and general joint pain
Trauma from falls, motor vehicle accidents
Nerve pain - including numbness, tingling, pins & needles and muscle weakness.
Headaches / Migraines
Occupational & repetitive strain injuries
Pre and post operative rehabilitation
Anxiety / Sleep disorders
Pregnancy related pain and childbirth care
Babies & children (sleep disorders, colic, reflux, behavioral changes)
Treatment includes advice on posture and exercise, with recommendations on how to minimize the likelihood of recurrence.
Botany Specialist Sports Osteopath is a registered ACC provider, patients who's injury has been caused by an accident can fill out an ACC form onsite without seeing their G.P.
Osteopathy is a branch of Western medicine that focuses primarily on the treatment of the muscular and skeletal systems while taking a holistic approach to health. Osteopaths treat different conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system using manual manipulative techniques to engage the human body’s immune system. Such techniques are similar to those used by other manual therapists such as Physiotherapists and Chiropractors.
Osteopathy has been a recognised
profession in New Zealand since
the early 1900s, from that period it
progressed to become a government
registered health profession under
the Health Practitioners Competency
Assurance Act. It takes five years
of full time undergraduate and post
graduate training, as well as satisfying
the entry requirements of the
osteopathic council of New Zealand
to practice as an osteopath in
Combining structural osteopathy with sports medicine, medical acupuncture and dry needling helps us to provide superior treatment for our patients, and achieve faster recovery from a multitude of injuries.
Cranial Osteopathy for Babies
When a child is born, their skull undergoes a large amount of compression and extension through the birth canal. This may disturb the balance and alignment of the cranial bones and the upper neck vertebrae, which may irritate some of the vital nerves that decent to the body.
Such disturbance may create symptoms such as spilling, difficulty settling, sleep disturbance, colic and feeding difficulty. If left untreated, it may develop abnormal structural and biomechanical patterns that can affect your child’s growth and development.
Gentle osteopathic therapeutic manipulation to the cranial bones is a safe and effective treatment for these conditions, which can prevent any on-going problems to your child’s growth and development. Each case is different and requires certain steps during the course of treatment. However the majority of cases are resolved within two to three sessions.
We work closely with midwives and paediatricians to achieve fast recovery from such conditions. An ideal age for cranial treatment is between one week old up to 6 months old.
Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it evolved from traditional based acupuncture systems. Its practitioners no longer adhere to concepts such as Yin/Yang and circulation of qi, and regard acupuncture as a modality rather than a complete ‘‘alternative medical system’’.
Medical acupuncture is an evolving interdisciplinary form of practice drawing on contemporary knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine rather than traditional systems of knowledge. It is mainly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, (including myofascial trigger point pain), postoperative pain and nausea.
Medical acupuncture is a well validated and scientifically researched treatment method that has been shown through many randomised placebo controlled clinical trials to be effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions.
It well complements osteopathic practice by intensifying the body's immune response to speed up recovery and help achieve superior treatment results
Sports & Exercise Medicine
Sports and Exercise Medicine is the study of all human movement, injury prevention, exercise prescription, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement through nutrition, biomechanics and improved cardiorespiratory efficiency.
Sports medicine focuses on treatment of injuries such as muscle, ligament, tendon and bone conditions, but may also treat chronic illnesses that can affect physical performance, such as asthma, diabetes and chronic fatigue. Sports medicine can also advise on managing and preventing injuries.
Sports medicine can also focus on other conditions include female athlete triad, Unexplained Underperformance Syndrome, exercise induced asthma, screening for Cardiac Abnormalities, and diabetes in Sport.
Performance medicine can also be assessed, whereby an athletes’ physiology is monitored, and aberrations corrected, in order to achieve peak physical performance.
Sports medicine also deliver clinical physical activity interventions, negating the burden of disease directly attributable to physical inactivity and the compelling evidence for the effectiveness of exercise in the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of disease.
Practising a combination of sports medicine and osteopathy can increase the success of the treatment outcome and provide patients with superior recovery from injuries.
Dry needling is the use of solid filiform needles to treat musculoskeletal pain, sometimes also known as inter-muscular stimulation. Dry needling uses solid filiform needles are inserted into the body through the skin. Such use of a solid needle has been found to be as effective as injection of substances in such cases as relief of pain in muscles and connective tissue.
Dry needling for the treatment of myofascial trigger points on theories similar, but not exclusive, to traditional acupuncture; however, dry needling targets the trigger points, which is the direct and palpable source of patient pain, rather than the traditional “meridians”, accessed via acupuncture.
The distinction between trigger points and acupuncture points for the relief of pain is similar (71% based on clinical analysis) between published locations of trigger points and classical acupuncture points for the relief of pain.
What distinguishes dry needling from traditional acupuncture is that it does not use the full range of traditional theories of Chinese Medicine.
Dry needling is a well validated and scientifically researched treatment method that has been shown through many randomised placebo controlled clinical trials to be effective in treating musculoskeletal conditions. It is usually the needling method of choice for sports physicians, orthopaedic specialists, osteopaths, physiotherapists and other registered health professionals.
Combining Dry Needling and osteopathy can increase the success of the treatment outcome and provide patients with superior recovery from injuries.