What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a philosophy not just a set of treatments or techniques. The basis of osteopathy looks at the body as a whole organism to find the cause of a problem, rather than just treating the symptoms.

The core of our work is an intimate knowledge of anatomy and the application of the principles described below as endorsed by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

  • The body is a unit (we are more than the sum of our parts).
  • Structure and function are reciprocally interrelated – our structure is there for a reason, it didn’t happen by chance.
  • The body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms – we are part of nature and can adapt to our external environment and maintain our internal environment using these mechanisms. The posh word is homoeostasis.
  • The body has the inherent capacity to defend itself and repair itself – our immune system at birth already has an antibody for every pathogen we will ever come into contact with! Our body is constantly repairing and rebuilding, especially during sleep.
  • When normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self-maintenance, disease may ensue – when we are out of balance with our internal and/or external environment in simple terms “run down”, disease can find a foot hold.
  • Movement of body fluids is essential to the maintenance of health – we are 70% water arranged in compartments, it needs to move and be moved.
  • The nerves play a crucial part in controlling the fluids of the body – our nervous system controls all our tissues from muscles, organs to hormones and our immune system.

“The Tao that can be completely explained is not the Tao itself.”

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching