Frequently Asked Questions

We have tried to answer the most common questions we come across. If you have an additional question - please contact us.

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Depending on your condition there may be a short lasting degree of pain as we push on muscles or give them a gentle stretch. In all cases we will ask you whether the level of pain is acceptable. Feel free to say at any point if you are not comfortable and we will adjust the approach.
In general, this is not necessary. However, it is not a good idea for ladies to wear short skirts or dresses as it will limit the range or effectiveness of the techniques we can use on you. This will in turn limit the speed at which we can help you recover.
Bring along any medical records you have regarding your current condition or any related conditions. If you have any imaging such as MRI's or X-rays please bring them with you because it will provide us with a lot of detailed information regarding the state of the area we need to treat. Also if you have an ACC number please bring it along.
No - we can fill out an ACC form at our clinic and no referral is necessary.
Some people's muscles have a slower rate of recovery and may require a few days to recover from the changes we implement during treatment. This soreness usually feels similar to the way your muscles feel after a big workout. On average this will ease within about 2 days after treatment. If for whatever reason you are concerned about post treatment pain levels, please feel free to ring us.
Yes - we work with a variety of medical specialists on a regular basis. We will discuss with you which sort of specialist is best for you to see and we will organise the referral process for you.
This is a difficult question to answer completely accurately because all of us work slightly differently. In general though a chiropractor will only concern themselves with your spine. They will not look at peripheral joints such as wrists, shoulders, knees etc. They also seldom do much in the way of muscle work since their main focus is the manipulation of spinal joints. A physiotherapist will most often be well trained for acute injuries such as acutely twisted ankles, torn muscles etc., and rehabilitation from a variety of conditions such as after a knee or hip replacement or a stroke. Keep in mind that both chiropractors and physiotherapists can undertake additional training and this will obviously expand the focus of their practice. As osteopaths, rather than considering particular segments of the body, we make it our business to consider the entire body and how all the moving parts fit together in a unique fashion in each patient's individual case.If you are interested to read more about osteopathic philosophy - visit the "About Osteopathy" section in the menu at the top of the page.
For most simple, mechanical issues it takes about 3-4 visits to be painfree. Depending on your condtion, however, it may take more or less - this will be discussed with you at your first session.
New Zealand trained osteopaths must have 5 years of training (a Bachelor's Degree followed by a Master's Degree) in order to register with our Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. In order for us to remain registered and be deemed safe to practice, we need to participate in 25 hours of on-going training every year in order to keep up to date with current medical trends and developments. Rest assured that you are in good hands.
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