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Benefit from our hands-on osteopathic care in Mt Maunganui

We will assess, diagnose and explain your injuries

At HK OSTEO, we provide a hands-on osteopathic approach to patients from Tauranga and Mt Maunganui. We are happy to expand on what we do at our clinic on this page.
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To book an appointment, call us today on 07 574 3444

What's the difference between an osteopath and a chiropractor?


Generally, a chiropractor will assess where subluxations (out of place bones) occur and work to straighten them out. Osteopaths are more interested in how you move, including the joints and their surrounding muscles and tendons, and how they affect the problem area.
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What training do osteopaths receive?


Osteopaths in New Zealand currently receive five years of full time training, including a degree in health sciences and a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine. All osteopaths are expected to update their skills (current requirement is 25 CPE points per year). 

Are osteopathic clinics registered?


The Health Professional Competency Act (2003) makes it compulsory for all osteopaths to be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ). 

Do osteopaths put bones back into place?


Manipulation is only one tool osteopaths’ use. However, the sound of  ‘popping’ of a joint back into place to achieve greater mobility, is actually from an air bubble of Nitrogen popping.
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What conditions do osteopaths treat?


An osteopath will examine your structural and the functional ability of your body and how that effects the issues (pain) you have. As well as possible advice on stress management, exercise and diet. 
Osteopaths can treat all areas of the body where you might get pain, from headaches to ankle sprains.

What happens on the first visit?


We will talk about your current and previous injuries, your medical history, examine your pain free movements, perform orthopaedic and Neurological exams and examine the feel of the tissues. After this, treatment can be given.

How many treatments will I need?


This depends on the severity of the injury and how long you’ve had it. We will help you through the acute stage as soon as possible, then provide you with the tools to maintain your recovery.
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What does treatment involve?


Typically it involves work on  the soft tissues, and sometimes mobilisation and manipulation of joints, depending on your injury, age, medical history and requirements. Advice can also be given on possible required lifestyle changes.

What is the current cost of treatment?


Non ACC members: $65, students: $50, ACC surcharge: $40, student ACC surcharge: $30.

Where are you located?


Located at 577a Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui, we are a few houses down from the NEW BP station under the flyover at Hewletts road. look to for the blue HK Osteo sign. Parking is available in front of the House. Please park considerately for other patients and residents 
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Am I expected to undress?


Depending on the injury location, you may be asked to undress to your underwear. We have gowns available, and plenty of covers and towels. We want you to feel comfortable as possible well as being able to make the most accurate diagnosis, and provide the best possible treatment.

Is the clinic ACC registered?


Yes. You do not need to see your GP prior to coming to the clinic, to get ACC as we are recognised under the HPCA Act 2003. Which allows us to put you on, and to treat you for certain ACC conditions

What age patients do you treat?


Anyone, from young children to the elderly. If you are at either end of this scale, please mention it upon booking.
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What are your opening hours?


Mon – Thurs - 9.00am - 6.00pm
Fri - 9.00am - 1.00pm
Weekends - CLOSED

Call us today on 07 574 3444. We will help you to help yourself stay active in life!

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