Os­teo aware­ness week

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Os­teopa­thy and its con­tri­bu­tion to global health­care will be cel­e­brated this week by 400 reg­is­tered and prac­tic­ing New Zealand os­teopaths dur­ing Na­tional Os­teopa­thy Aware­ness Week (April 19-25).

They join 130,000 col­leagues work­ing in more than 50 coun­tries in­volved in the In­ter­na­tional Os­teo­pathic Health­care Week, which runs in tan­dem with the Kiwi na­tional event.

This week, free health checks will be con­ducted in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing Mata­mata, to help com­mu­ni­cate the im­por­tance of os­teo­pathic care.

Lo­cally, Alex Reina from Kaimai Os­teopaths will be of­fer­ing free pos­tural checks for the re­main­der of April.

Os­teopa­thy orig­i­nated in the United States in 1874.

‘‘It’s more than just treat­ing bad backs.

‘‘It’s an ev­i­dence-in­formed form of man­ual medicine that’s gen­tle and has wide rang­ing benefits,’’ Os­teopaths New Zealand pres­i­dent Jonathon Lloyd- Paine said.

The hands-on health­care ap­proach di­ag­noses prob­lems and pro­vides treat­ment in or­der to de­crease symptoms like pain and im­prove func­tion.

It fa­cil­i­tates heal­ing by fo­cussing on how the mus­cu­loskele­tal sys­tem, nerves, cir­cu­la­tion and in­ter­nal or­gans func­tion as one unit.

Typ­i­cally, os­teopaths can as­sist with:

Un­set­tled ba­bies (re­flux), de­bil­i­tat­ing headaches, breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, joint prob­lems (jaw/teeth grind­ing), back pain, preg­nancy re­lated dis­or­ders (pelvic pain), de­vel­op­men­tal prob­lems and sports in­juries.

Glob­ally, it’s a wellestab­lished health­care pro­fes­sion and is used by New Zealand cy­cling, triathlon and ca­noe­ing Olympic ath­letes and board sailors com­pet­ing at world cham­pi­onship level. In New Zealand, it’s reg­u­lated un­der the Health Prac­ti­tion­ers Com­pe­tence As­sur­ance Act (2003) and os­teopaths are reg­is­tered ACC providers.

Os­teopaths here must do five years uni­ver­sity train­ing to a Masters post­grad­u­ate de­gree level.

When prac­tic­ing they must be reg­is­tered with the Os­teo­pathic Coun­cil of New Zealand.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

Kaimai Os­teopaths’ Alex Reina.

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