Rangiora & North Canterbury
Active Health has an experienced Rangiora Ostepath to help get you back to an active life.
Are you looking for a Osteopath in Rangiora?
Are you experiencing problems with pain, injury, or tightness? Or feel like your musculoskeletal system isn’t functioning at its best? Our osteopath undertakes a holistic approach to your management that targets the root cause of your problem, not just the symptoms.
This approach will help you reduce pain, prevent injury, improve your musculoskeletal function, achieve your physical goals, and enhance your overall quality of life.
Visit us at one of our two handy Rangiora locations. To book an appointment phone us today, or find a time that suits you on our online booking system. Need help getting started? New to Active Health? Contact us using this form or call on 03 383 6290
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy is based on the principle that the function and structure of the body are interconnected. Any deviation in the overall structure or posture will change the individual’s functional capabilities. To be functional, the body must work in unison, and the skeleton, muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues need to work smoothly together.
Focusing on the body’s structure, an osteopath will use touch, manipulation, mobilisation, stretching and massage to increase joint mobility, relieve muscle tension, enhance the blood, and nerve supply to tissues and help your body’s own healing mechanisms. The aim is to restore the body to its natural state of balance, ideally without the use of drugs or surgery. Treatment is tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient – at all stages of life from birth to old age. An osteopath may also provide advice on lifestyle issues, diet, and exercise to promote overall health and well-being. Osteopathy is a holistic treatment approach that focuses on the person, not just the disorder, and the objective is the promotion of long-term health.
Osteopaths are highly trained primary health care providers, who undergo five years of intensive training. Their study focuses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, general medical diagnosis, and osteopathic techniques.
What can osteopathy treat?
Osteopathy can help address the body’s structural, mechanical, and functional problems in people of all ages with the goal of managing and relieving pain in a variety of conditions such as:
– Neck & low back pain
– Sports injuries
– Muscle strains
– Tendon injuries
– Repetitive strain injury
– Postural problems
– Frozen shoulder
– Muscular tension
– Restricted mobility
– Muscular weakness or imbalance
– Carpel tunnel syndrome
– Pins and needles, or shooting pain down arms and legs
– Difficulty sleeping
– Joint pain
– Arthritic pains,
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Ligament sprains
– Disc herniations, bulges, protrusions
– Breathing difficulties
– Ribcage pain
– Diaphragmatic difficulties
However, osteopaths treat people, not conditions, and we are able to help in many ways when a person’s function is affected by their structure, however, that manifests.
We work with you to optimise your body in every way – restoring movement, reducing pain, strengthening, and conditioning, postural advice, exercise ideas & diet advice etc. Simple changes or additions to your daily life can have massive impacts on how you feel.
What happens during a consultation?
Our initial consultation will involve a thorough case history detailing your current problems, previous injuries, health and well-being, lifestyle factors, activity levels and goals.
This will be followed by a physical examination, which pays particular attention to your posture, gait, movement, pain patterns, mobility, and musculoskeletal anatomy. We may ask you to remove some clothing so please wear a singlet or bring shorts. Being able to see your body move and note any restrictions/asymmetries is essential for Osteopaths to gather information.
Following diagnosis, a treatment and management plan will be discussed and agreed upon with you along with detailed advice and education as well as goal setting. During treatment, Osteopaths utilise a variety of manual techniques, which could include mobilisation of joints and soft tissues, joint manipulation, massage, and muscle energy stretches. Treatment plans are always tailored specifically to the patient and are generally suitable for pregnant women , children, adults, and the elderly.
Osteopaths are also trained to identify conditions they cannot treat and in some circumstances may refer you to your GP, or another health professional, or recommend further investigation such as X-Ray, ultrasound, or MRI scanning.
Do I need a referral?
Osteopaths are registered ACC treatment providers. You do not require a referral from your GP to receive ACC-covered treatment and your osteopath can generate an ACC claim if required. Osteopathic treatment is also covered by some private health insurers.
Why Choose Us?
Our Physical Approach
At Active Health we work to promote, maintain & restore physical, psychological & social well-being as well as fitness, health & wellness. At a consultation you can expect one of our experienced team to assess your levels of pain, range of movement, muscle balance and function.
- We will educate you on your injury, treatment options and self-management strategies.
- Work collaboratively to develop an appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plan designed to achieve your goals.
- All rehabilitation plans aim to provide long term maintenance prevent future injuries.
- Our fully equipped gym means that we can give our clients the best chance to rehabilitate and be fit and healthy.
Need an ACC Appointment?
Our Osteopaths are all qualified & registered. We can offer you ACC appointments subsidised via ACC if your injuries meet the criteria outlined by ACC.
You do not require a referral from your GP to receive ACC-covered treatment and your osteopath can generate an ACC claim if required. Osteopathic treatment is also covered by some private health insurers.
Meet Our Team
Osteopath – B.App.Sci. (HB), M.Ost.
Hi, I am Luke. I have always been passionate about exercise, movement, health, and the human body. When I discovered for myself how effective osteopathy was, I decided to pursue a career in it and integrate my passions with helping others. I completed my master’s degree in Osteopathy and have since worked in busy multi-disciplinary clinics in New Plymouth and Queenstown.
I am now excited to offer osteopathy to the North Canterbury community and to create a trusting, friendly, and approachable environment where a professional relationship can be developed with each of my patients. I want to work together with you to create an individualised, holistic management plan that will help each you move towards recovery from injury (and prevention of future injury), reduction in pain, improved function, and enhanced quality of life. My management plans often incorporate a combination of hands-on osteopathic techniques, supervised and home-based exercises, goal setting, advice, and education. Other factors such as sleep, stress, diet, exercise, etc. will also be considered. I am also a big believer that movement, mobility, and strength are essential for maintaining a healthy body and for recovering from, and preventing, pain. Therefore, a major focus of the management plan will include interventions to improve the quality, frequency, variation, and duration of daily movement.
Outside of practice, I have a keen interest in the outdoors and participate in a range of activities to satisfy my own desire for movement and fitness. I am an avid trail runner and often complete ultra-distance runs. I also participate in various other activities such as rock climbing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, snowboarding, weightlifting, and mountain biking.
Make an appointment today
Find a time that suits you and book an appointment online using our booking system. If you are not sure who to see, give us a call and we can help find the best clinician for you.