at Integrated Health Otago
What we offer
Osteopathy is a manual medicine and a primary healthcare service. Osteopaths recognise the significant relationship between the bodys structure and the way in which it functions. They facilitate healing by focusing on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and organs function as an integrated system and how dysfunction in one component impacts the function of another leading to pain and disability.
A primary health care service, Physiotherapy is a manual therapy utilizing hands on techniques to diagnose and treat soft tissue and joint pain. Physiotherapists aid in facilitating and improving range of movement, soft tissue swelling, tissue repair, muscle function and stability, mobility and functional activities. The ultimate goal of treatment intervention being “return to health”.
Rehabilitation is an essential component in the return to optimal health for every client. It takes many forms from muscle balance retraining and simple movement patterns, to more complex biomechanical patterns needed for everyday tasks and sporting activities.
Digestive Health Care
Digestive Health Care at IHO provides an assessment of the body’s complex systems and often utilise natural food enzymes and supportive supplements to promote and ultimately restore homeostasis and health within the body. Each client is unique and a treatment programme will be designed specifically to address their individual digestive and nutritional needs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
At IHO we offer an approach to health and well-being that addresses the body as a whole, using the principles of energy flow and meridians and implementing traditional Chinese medicine and treatment techniques that have been successfully practised for thousands of years. The combination of acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine and exercise provides a comprehensive approach to assessment and individualised treatment of each client.
Podiatry is the assessment, diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and lower limb. The role of the podiatrist is to prevent or correct deformity and maintain normal alignment, mobility and function in the feet and lower limb. Advice on footwear, orthotic prescription, strapping and exercise prescription are frequently used when addressing biomechanical issues. Whist podiatry addresses biomechanical issues, the treatment of skin infections, nail, soft tissue and connective tissue issues are also key, and such issues are often treated in conjunction with other health care professionals.
Musculoskeletal Biomechanical Assessment
This is the analysis of how the whole body moves during functional activities. By evaluating how one body part moves in relation to another, our clinicians can highlight patterns of movement and how this impacts the rest of the body. Once analysed, a patient specific treatment and rehabilitation programme can be implemented with the aim of optimising function and alleviating pain.
Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) is a system for the diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes (chronic pain conditions that occur in the musculoskeletal system when there is no obvious sign of injury or inflammation). It is similar to Acupuncture in nature but specifically targets the trigger points of pain.