Unitec Osteopathy is the only educational osteopathy provider and training clinic of its kind in New Zealand.

Osteopathy is an established form of diagnosis and treatment. It’s a hands-on form of healthcare that treats the whole body, and provides relief for physical conditions and pain related to the body’s structural system.

Anyone can make an appointment with an osteopath.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is primarily a manual treatment, with the majority of diagnosis and treatment performed by the osteopath’s hands. Osteopaths focus on the muscles, bones and joints of the human body. The osteopath seeks to analyse and understand the causes of those symptoms and includes them in the treatment.

Osteopathy can help people with a wide variety of problems, including:

  • Pregnant women: antenatal care for back and other aches in all stages of pregnancy
  • Infants: colic and difficulty sleeping
  • Children and young people: growth-related problems in knees, feet and spine
  • Elderly people: chronic aches and pains related to the spine, shoulders, hips, feet and knees
  • Sportspeople and dancers: sprains, strains and chronic injuries
  • Workers in all occupations: neck, back and joint pains of all description.

Osteopaths work alongside other healthcare professionals. They are trained as primary health care providers as many patients seek treatment from an osteopath without first visiting their GP.

Find out more about the life of an osteopath from our graduate Kristi Milliken.

How the clinic works:

Treatment is carried out by Master of Osteopathy students. They’ve already completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology), and work under the supervision of clinical tutors who are qualified and experienced osteopaths.

This system has been used for more than 50 years at schools around the world, and is invaluable in preparing osteopathy students for running their own clinics.

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