ABOUT | Focus Osteopathy

ABOUT


Meet our Osteopaths...

About Vicky Tate
Vicky is the Director and Principal at Focus Osteopathy. After completing her Masters in 2004, Vicky refined and developed her skills both in New Zealand and Ireland. In 2013 Vicky undertook further postgraduate studies in Health Care Ethics and Law, and is now a member of the Osteopathic Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Vicky treats people of all ages; from the active sports person, to the seated office worker, to those with more complex health conditions. Vicky helps her clients to maintain their own health and wellbeing, using a variety of gentle osteopathic techniques to aid a wide range of health problems.

An accomplished footballer and endurance swimmer, Vicky has an in-depth understanding of the stresses and strains that come with sporting endeavours. She has a keen interest in preventing or resolving injuries in order to optimise peak performance.

During her early years of practice, and with the guidance of some of New Zealand’s leading paediatric and cranial osteopaths, Vicky developed her knowledge and skills in treating babies, children and pregnant women.

About Oliver Lasham
Oliver studied at The British School of Osteopathy in London. He has worked in the United Kingdom prior to settling in New Zealand in 2009.

Equally at home optimising a patient’s body mechanics to set a new personal best time, or helping someone improve their posture to alleviate chronic pain, Oliver’s style of osteopathy uses a variety of techniques to achieve the individual’s goals.

Oliver works with patients to identify the root cause of their pain and works holistically to restore balance to the body.

 

HOW WE HELP YOU

At Focus Osteopathy we provide a non-invasive, gentle and holistic form of health care to assist in improving your overall health. By changing the body’s focus we aim to improve the overall function of your body.

We use a variety of techniques including structural, visceral and cranial osteopathy.

Osteopaths diagnose faults within the body’s structure and function, particularly the spine and associated muscles, ligaments, nerves and organs which may be causing pain and restricting everyday activity.

The main strength of osteopathy lies in the unique way the patient is assessed from a mechanical, functional and postural standpoint and the manual methods of treatment applied to suit the needs of the individual patient.

Osteopathy is beneficial for:
Back pain/sciatica

Joint pains

Headaches/migraines

Neck, shoulder, arm pain

Muscle tension/nerve pain

Pregnancy related pains

Arthritic problems

Injury recovery-sports, falls, car accidents

Postural/work place strains

Respiratory/digestive problems


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WHAT TO EXPECT

Your initial consultation will take approximately one hour. During this time we will ask you several questions to become fully acquainted with your (or your child’s) medical history. You’ll also be asked several detailed questions that may help us better understand how strains may have developed in your body.

It is recommended you bring relevant ACC details and/or x-rays with you where appropriate.

After your discussion you may be asked to remove outer layers of clothing to view your spine, pelvis, ribs and joints. You may be asked to perform a series of movements to ascertain if part of your spine or joints have restricted mobility, or if tension is present through your muscles.

We will then explain the findings and preliminary diagnosis. The treatment is usually gentle and relaxing, using a variety of techniques to effect a change.

After a treatment

You may feel tired and need to rest. You should notice some relief, however you may experience an increase in pain for 24 to 48 hours. This occurs because the body sometimes continues to adjust itself to the realignment that has occurred during treatment.

The process of change involves increased blood supply to joints and soft tissues and the improved regulation of nerve impulses to affected areas.

Increase your intake of water and liquids (avoid alcohol and coffee), and avoid vigorous exercise for a day or two. This will allow your body to get the maximum benefit from the healing process.

 

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Formed in 2009, Focus Osteopathy is based on Molesworth Street – in the heart of Thorndon.


LocationLevel 6, Molesworth House
101 Molesworth Street
Thorndon, Wellington


Phone

04 472 3595

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