Breathing Mechanics and how Osteopathy can help

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Elissa Brittenden, one of the talented osteopaths on our team, has written this blog to give some advice on breathing and how to practice better breathing.

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Running advice


One of our osteopaths, Luke Reumers, enjoys challenging himself with trail running and ultra-distance runs. He has a special interest in treating sports injuries.

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Low Back or Pelvic Pain?

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What is Pelvic Pain?

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Neck Pain and Tension

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Our neck and shoulders contain many flexible muscles and ligaments that support the weight of our head and function of your neck.

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Skiing - injury prevention


Winter is here and many of our clients are looking forward to the ski season. For those going skiing or snowboarding, it is important to remember that, unless you have...

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Why Teenagers Get Neck/Back Pain


Back pain is common in all ages, including teens. Here are some common issues among teenagers that can lead to back pain, along with suggestions to minimise them and help prevent pain developing.

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What is the difference between an Osteopath, a Chiropractor and a Physiotherapist?


One of the questions most frequently asked at our clinics is what is the difference between an Osteopath, Chiropractor and Physiotherapist? Understanding this can help to determine what type of treatment provider is best for you.

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Injury Prevention and Osteopathy


Osteopaths look at the body as a whole and understand that sports injuries are often the result of underlying imbalances and spinal restrictions within the body.

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Osteopathy and Chronic Pain

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When we bump our toes into the edge of a bed, burned our tongue with a hot coffee, slept in an awkward position or lifted far too heavy weights...

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Osteopathy for Climbers

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If you’re into climbing or bouldering, you’ll know that it can take its toll on your body, and from time to time you need a little extra support to...

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Setting Up Your Workstation Ergonomically

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Do your shoulders, neck or back ever hurt after a day in front of your computer?

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Dr Nick Penney, Integrative Pain Specialist at Halswell Road

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“My approach to pain considers the biomechanical, psychological, and social factors that contribute to developing chronic or persistent pain.”

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How Osteopathy Can Help Your Allergies

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Spring has officially sprung, daylight savings is in sight, the flowers are in bloom, and you crack the windows to the smell of freshly mown grass.

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Five Benefits of a Regular Yoga Practice

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With the challenges of lockdown, revisiting your yoga practice might be a good way to start the day on a good note, take a midday break from work, or wind...

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Winter Wellbeing

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It’s that time of year where the mornings are frosty, we’ve dug our gloves and scarves out of storage, the soup pot is in permanent residence on the stove, and the days are shorter. While some of us quite enjoy the winter months as a time for hibernation and recharging the batteries, our fast-paced lifestyles don’t always allow us time to slow down, and often a cold or flu is the thing that forces us to stop.

Today’s blog offers some tips for boosting immunity and keeping yourself in tip-top shape this chilly season.

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What is sciatica and what treatments are recommended?

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body. It originates in the lower spine, branches into the pelvis, then travels through the buttocks and down the back of each leg. Sciatic pain often occurs when there is pressure on, or damage to, the sciatic nerve.

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Growing Pains

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A question we are often asked is if we treat children and babies -the answer is yes. Babies and children benefit from osteopathic treatment just as we grown-ups do. Our osteopathic approach is gentle and tailored to each child's age and complaint.  Our admin team will work with you during the booking process to find the best osteopath that suits your child’s needs.

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Senior Care

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SeniorCareHelper have recently provided us with some great resources to share. These links below provide valuable information for various aspects of eldercare.


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A sitting or standing desk: what’s best?

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It’s no secret that we spend more time sitting down today than we did a fair few decades ago. And an obvious contributing factor is our desk-based work culture.

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Eating and Activity Guidelines

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This document provides evidence-based health advice on healthy eating and being physically active. It is written for health practitioners and others who provide advice on nutrition and physical activity for...

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Text neck: how looking down at your mobile phone can strain your neck

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Looking at our skeleton’s alignment more closely, the average head weighs 8–12 pounds and balances on top of a relatively thin spinal column.

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Ergonomics: how to set up your home office

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For desk-based jobs, sitting for long periods of time is unavoidable, which can lead to lower back pain. However, if you adjust your office chair properly, you can support your back, legs and hips correctly and take the pressure of your lower spine.

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Don’t turn your back on back pain: osteopathy can help

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According to the University of Otago, up to 1 in 3 New Zealanders suffer from back pain on any given day, causing them discomfort, decreased mobility, and a reduced quality...

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Osteoarthritis and how osteopathy can help with pain management


OA progresses slowly and develops over many years. In most cases, only small changes affect parts of the joint. However sometimes it’s more severe and extensive.

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Headaches and how osteopathy can help relieve them

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This is by no means comfortable for headache sufferers and, although temporary pain relief can be found through over-the-counter medications, it’s best to address the cause of the pain to avoid any recurrences.

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Kids and sports: how much is too much?

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On the one hand, half of our kids aged 5–14 years favour a more sedentary lifestyle, watching 2 or more hours of TV a day. And only 10% of secondary school students are meeting the current recommendations of 60 minutes of physical activity daily, according to the Youth’12 survey.

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Dormant Bottom Syndrome: do you have a lazy bum?

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When you have a lazy bottom, your glutes don’t work as efficiently as they should, causing the muscles and joints around the area to compensate and absorb any shock.

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Exercise during and after pregnancy

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Our clients often ask us if they should exercise during pregnancy. And, in most case, we encourage it. But your overall health, base level of fitness and individual pregnancy must be considered. 

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The Fountain of Youth

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The Fountain of Youth lies in Exercise! Last weekend, I attended the NZ Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine scientific meeting.

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Alzheimer's Prevention

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I attended an event hosted by the Neurological Foundation last month aimed at educating the public on Alzheimer’s prevention.

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