Most people attend the osteopath for assistance with:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • Mechanical lower back pain
  • Sciatica or other nerve pain
  • Occupational overuse or RSI
  • Pregnancy and post natal related musculoskeletal complaints
  • Acute neck pain and torticollis

  • Tennis and golfers elbows
  • Arthritis-related pain and stiffness in joints
  • Hip pain, tendinopathy
  • Jaw discomfort and stiffness
  • Postural strain
  • Babies’ issues such as torticollis
  • Shoulder muscle strains

  1. Franke, H., Franke, J. and Fryer, G. (2014). Osteopathic manipulative treatment for nonspecific low back pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 15(1)
  2. Licciardone, J. (2011). Osteopathic manipulative treatment in patients with low back pain. Clinical Rheumatology, 30(6), pp.871-872.

What do we treat babies and children for?

A baby’s entrance into the world can be quite traumatic. Often, labour can be prolonged or the baby may become “stuck” and require intervention to be born.

Parents bring babies to the osteopath for help with problems such as unsettledness, neck pain and irritability possibly due to colic or gastro-oesophageal reflux, a “wry neck”, misshapen head, or feeding difficulties, amongst other things.

As children get older, parents may have concerns about developmental issues, such as crawling and walking, and your osteopath may be able to help. Other reasons for treatment of older children are falls, and sports injuries.

When helping young babies and children, the osteopath’s approach is very gentle and often involves more subtle indirect techniques.

Zoe Freshwater has a Post Graduate Certificate in Neonatal and Infant Paediatric Manual

Therapy from Victoria University and is qualified to treat babies and infants.

  1. Lanaro, D., Ruffini, N., Manzotti, A. and Lista, G. (2017). Osteopathic manipulative treatment showed reduction of length of stay and costs in preterm infants. Medicine, 96(12), p.e6408.