About Osteopathy & FAQs

About Osteopathy

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a holistic form of manual therapy that focuses on total body health and maximizing the function of the musculoskeletal system to promote the body’s natural healing abilities. By treating the underlying source of chronic and acute pain and discomfort, osteopathy not only provides relief but also promotes overall well-being.

Cranial Osteopathy Treatments

The Principles of Osteopathy

The osteopathic philosophy embraces the idea of the unity of structure and function through four main principles, established by the founder of Osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still, at the end of the 19th Century:

  1. The body is a unit that combines body, mind and spirit.
  2. The body is capable of self-regulation, self-healing and health maintenance.
  3. Structure and function are interrelated.
  4. Optimal blood flow is essential to maintain health.

Treatment is based on an understanding of these principles.

Osteopathy is a Safe and Effective Form of Treatment for All Types of Pain

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy​​​

Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) is a hands-on, non-invasive approach used by osteopathic practitioners to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions by manipulating and mobilizing the musculoskeletal system.

Structural and Cranial Osteopathy​

Structural and cranial osteopathy offer a comprehensive approach to promote overall patient well-being and address specific health concerns.

Structural Osteopathy​

Structural osteopathy is a branch of osteopathic care that specifically emphasizes the assessment and correction of musculoskeletal imbalances and dysfunctions to enhance overall physical structure and function.

Cranial Osteopathy​

Cranial Osteopathy is a specialized form of osteopathic treatment that focuses on gentle manipulation of the skull and its associated structures to promote overall well-being and address various health issues.


Our Most Common Questions

Below are some common questions we’re often asked about osteopathy, your treatment and how you can prepare for your osteopathy appointment. 

In New Zealand, osteopathic training consists of a 5-year Master of Osteopathy program. Osteopathy standards are set by a regulating authority, the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Practicing osteopaths are required to complete a set amount of continuing professional development each year.

Osteopathy treatments are gentle and should not cause high levels of discomfort. Hands-on treatment of painful or tender areas may be necessary, and in these cases your osteopath will take care to make you as comfortable as possible. Some people experience some soreness for a day or two after a treatment as their body reacts and adjusts to the treatment. If this persists or increases, contact your osteopath to discuss it.

A referral by a doctor or another health care professional is not required to see an Osteopath. You can contact an Osteopath directly to make an appointment.

Your osteopath can assist you with the necessary paperwork, and lodge a claim on your behalf.

Treatment at Grey Lynn Osteopathy varies. Please see our rates. Private health insurance may reimburse your fees, and any treatment for an ACC covered injury will be charged a surcharge.

For your first osteopathy appointment, please bring any x-rays, test results or other relevant documentation with you.

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy. Hands-on treatment usually involves moving various parts of your body. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Shorts or loose stretchy pants are ideal during the assessment and treatment. Your comfort is very important to us.

Osteopathy is a holistic approach to treatment and can complement other therapeutic approaches like acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage, physiotherapy, etc.

Referrals to other health care practitioners like naturopathic doctors, MDs or psychologists may also be made by osteopaths.

Your First Appointment With Grey Lynn Osteopathy

Review of Your Health History

In your first session, you can expect to review your health history with your osteopath. At this time, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions regarding osteopathy treatments, protocols, processes and more.

Your Current Condition, Treatment Goals & Assessment

We’ll discuss your current condition, your treatment goals, and perform a thorough assessment. This may include accessing your posture, watching how you move and performing tests to determine the best treatment for your injury or cause of pain. We make every effort to provide treatment during your initial appointment if it’s safe to do so.

Future Appointments

For subsequent appointments, treatment begins after a quick reassessment to determine any changes in your condition from the initial visit. Subsequent visits will be focused on treatment.

The number of treatments you need will depend on the length of time you have had your complaint, the severity of your injury, and your overall health. Some conditions respond quickly and others take more time. Please feel free to ask your practitioner about this when we talk in person.

Gracela's treatment has made me feel remarkably better and she has given me the tools to ensure I'm well and strong going forward.
Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand​