Who am I?


Dianne is a New Zealand trained Osteopath qualifying with a Diploma in Osteopathy in 1996.  She has practiced Osteopathy for the last 19 years and runs her own Osteopathic practice in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, NEW ZEALAND.  Dianne is a registered member of the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (www.osteopathiccouncil.org.nz) and also a member of Osteopaths New Zealand (www.osteopathsnz.co.nz) Dianne is an ACC treatment provider and you are able to fill out an ACC application during your Osteopathic consultation if your problem is related to an accident or injury.



Align Osteopaths – 71 Otumoetai Road Tauranga

Monday, Tuesday, Friday

What is Osteopathy

Health – Wellness

Osteopathy – a hands-on approach to health care Osteopath is primarily involved with disorders of the neuro-musculo-skeletal (bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and nerves) system of the body.  Most patients seeking help from an Osteopath will do so for treatment for
    • Neck and back pain
    • Sciatica
    • Headaches
    • Muscle and joint pain
    • Disorders common in babies and children such as colic or reflux
  • Sports or work injuries
Osteopathy is a branch of medicine which views the body as a whole and complete unit with each part having a distinct relationship with each other.  This is known as a “holistic” approach where treatment of the patient takes into account the physical, mental and emotional components of the human body. The philosophy and principles of Osteopathic treatment are that the body has an inherent capacity to defend and repair itself. When normal adaptability is disrupted, or when environmental changes overcome the body’s capacity for self maintenance, then problems with the body may evolve. Treatment therefore, aims at restoring function within the body so that the natural healing processes can take place more effectively. Treatment techniques are varied and include soft tissue work (stretching, massage), mobilisation (rhythmic joint movement), pressure point therapy, cranial work and manipulation.  Treatments are tailored to the individual.  The goal is to correct the imbalances in the neuro-musculoskeletal system and therefore providing long term relief from pain. Osteopathic  treatments are safe and gentle enough to use on people of any age from young children through to the elderly.

Osteopathy and Pregnancy

A safe and gentle hands on approach to pre- and post-natal care. Osteopathy is a safe and effective method of manual therapy for mothers and babies. Osteopaths carefully select the most appropriate treatment to suit you as an individual and to ensure the safety and comfort of you and your growing baby. During pregnancy your body undergoes many dramatic changes many of which can put extra stress on your body. Some women experience back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, shortness of breath and a range of other discomforts. Osteopathic treatment may help to alleviate some of the pains and problems associated with postural changes as your baby grows and also laxity with the ligaments and soft tissue mainly around the pelvis. Optimal pelvic mobility and alignment is important for the birth and osteopathic treatment will help prepare the body and pelvis for labour and delivery. After the birth, further treatment may assist with problems like pelvic, back or neck pain. The aim with osteopathic treatment is to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth – maximising your body’s ability to change and support you and your baby with a minimum of pain and discomfort.

Babies and Children Osteopathy

Babies and Children  I have a special interest in treating babies and children.  The most common complaints I see are wind, reflux, latching problems, sleeping issues and neck rotation restrictions.  I use a very gentle non-manipulative Osteopathic approach for babies and infants.  Treatment can take 3-4 sessions depending on the symptoms. Naturally I require a parent or caregiver to be present during these treatment sessions.   I also aim to involve parents which may mean suggestions on simple dietry strategies, showing parents winding techniques or other gentle techniques to use at home.

Cranial Osteopathy

This therapy is a very gentle, non-invasive treatment that concentrates on releasing any restrictions in the skull bones, base of the spine and the fascia. Restrictions in these areas can impede proper function to a wide range of other areas in the body including the nervous system, blood supply, organs and soft body tissues. The aim of treatment is to evaluate and then restore balance and movement to restricted areas. Restrictions in the cranial system may be due to trauma from injuries, infections, inflammation or can be due to emotional tension. Restrictions may also occur due to the compression pressures apparent with the birthing process. Because of this reason and the gentle nature of the therapy, it makes cranial osteopathy especially beneficial for babies and children. Cranial Osteopathy can be effective for:
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sinus problems
  • Head trauma
  • Infantile colic and reflux

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