Osteopath Kaiwhakamaimoa Kōiwi

Osteopaths help relieve pain and improve the function of the body by gently moving muscles, bones and joints. 

Osteopaths need to be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand and have a current Annual Practising Certificate.

Osteopaths may do some or all of the following:

  • analyse health problems by questioning and examining the patient
  • discuss methods of care with the patient
  • use movement to treat muscles, bones and joints
  • change and correct the movement of the spine to restore movement and health
  • advise patients on exercise, posture, diet and lifestyle
  • carry out workplace assessments for patients who have Occupational Overuse Syndrome (OOS) or any other workplace injuries.

To specialise in the following areas or scopes of practice, you need to have a specific qualification approved by the Osteopathic Council in:

  • acupuncture
  • gerontology (health of older people)
  • pain management. 

Physical Requirements

Osteopaths need to be reasonably fit and healthy with strong hands and forearms, as their job is hands-on.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for osteopaths includes:

  • any work that involves knowledge of the human body and physiology
  • work in other areas of health services.

Personal Qualities

Osteopaths need to be:

  • patient and understanding
  • dedicated and motivated
  • good listeners and communicators
  • good at problem solving
  • able to make good judgements.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for osteopaths includes:

  • any work that involves knowledge of the human body and physiology
  • work in other areas of health services.

Osteopaths can earn around $40K-$60K per year per year.

Osteopaths may progress to starting up their own practice.

Osteopaths may specialise in:

  • acupuncture
  • gerontology (ageing)
  • pain management.

 

 

 

 

Osteopath

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