What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine that detects and treats damaged parts of the body such as muscles, ligaments, nerves and joints. There are a number of types of osteopathic treatment, from the very gentle cranial techniques through to the more physical manipulative techniques.

An American doctor, Andrew Taylor Still, initially founded osteopathy in the United States in the late 1800’s. Since then osteopathic schools have been established worldwide. To become an osteopath involves between 4 and 7 years of full-time study, depending on which country you train in. In most countries osteopaths are required to continue to engage in post-graduate development to maintain their registration.

What Is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial osteopathy is a gentle, manual form of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, including the head. Cranial osteopathic treatment has, over the years become associated with the treatment of babies and children however it may be used for a wide range of conditions for people of all ages.

Osteopathic Treatment During Pregnancy and Childbirth

The changes that a woman’s body undergoes in pregnancy and childbirth are vast. These changes occur over a relatively short period of time, and involve all aspects of the woman’s body. Osteopathic treatment during the pregnancy and after the birth can help the woman’s body to adjust to these changes and ensure the process is as comfortable as possible.

Some Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment are:

    • Easing some of the physical discomforts of pregnancy
    • Preparing for the demands of labour
    • Helping the mother to recover after birth
Sarah Wisson

Sarah Wisson


Sarah is a UK trained Osteopath. She splits her working week between treating people and animals, which has her traveling all over New Zealand.

Sarah worked in the UK before coming to NZ in 2001. Her practices are set within other well-established medical practices and clinics within Canterbury.

Her focus is on the treatment of sports injuries and problems, especially in young people, pregnancy related matters, babies, children and animals.

Other commitments to the Osteopathic field in NZ have been lecturing on animal osteopathy both to members of the profession and publicly. In 2006 Sarah was appointed as an examiner for overseas osteopaths by the OCNZ, which ended in 2010. Sarah lectures in Animal Osteopathy in the UK, at The ESO. In November 2014 at the 10th ICAOR Conference in Brazil, Sarah presented a paper on Forelimb Lameness in Dogs Due to Bicipital Tenosynovitis.

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