About Us

Craig Torr and Fionna Spittles both graduated from the New Zealand Osteopathic College in 2003 and have been working in Tauranga ever since. They are both registered with the Osteopathic council of NZ and are ACC accredited practitioners.

Craig and Fionna opened Balance Osteopathy Welcome Bay in December 2010.

Craig has a background in competitive triathlon and more recently ultamarathon running. He has a particular interest in sports related injuries and has a sound knowledge of sports biomechanics.

Fionna enjoys working with all types of problems but has a strong interest in treating people with headaches and vertigo type symptoms. Fionna also enjoys working with pregnant women and babies.

She uses various hands on techniques including cranial osteopathy as well as traditional osteopathic procedures.

Lucas graduated with a Masters degree with distinction from Oxford Brookes University in England.

His approach is patient focussed and encourages patients to take an active role in their own health using nutritional advice, rehabilitation and corrective exercises.

He treats a wide range of problems with an interest in sport related injuries and rehab.

The New Zealand Osteopathic course involves 5 years of full time study composing of a Bachelor and Masters Degree. After having completed this course there are yearly requirements for continued education to be able to stay registered. These include 25hrs a year of diagnostic and treatment techniques.

 

WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU

At Balance Osteopathy Welcome Bay we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible osteopathic treatment for relief of pain. We recognize and treat many different causes of pain with the aim to reduce the symptoms and resolve the underlying cause of the pain.

No two people are the same as are no two injuries. At Balance Osteopathy we aim to treat each person individually, to find the cause of their problem, and treat it in a way that is tailored to each individual.

We offer a complete range of osteopathic treatments includingcranial osteopathy, joint mobilisation and manipulation, muscle stretching, massage and preventative information.

Osteopathy can be effective in treating a large variety of problems including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Sports injuries
  • Arm pain including shoulder, elbow and wrist
  • Leg pain including hip, knee and ankle
  • Sinus problems
  • Pregnancy related problems
  • Unsettled babies and behavioral problems in children

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

A typical treatment involves an osteopath taking a detailed medical history from the patient followed by a careful examination. He/she will make a diagnosis of what is causing the symptoms, and explain how the pain has resulted from the injury.

Using subtle and gentle techniques, the osteopath works to release the accumulated stresses and strains in the body. The aim is to resolve the cause of the pain and in doing so relieve the current symptoms and also improve the underlying health of the tissues to help prevent reoccurrence.

By treating the underlying joint restrictions, working with joint alignment, improving blood flow, decreasing nerve tension and balancing muscle length, Osteopaths can improve recovery and prevent further complications and episodes. Once your body is working as it should, your self-healing mechanisms will be able to do their job properly.

Osteopathy will not only address your immediate pain but will identify any other problems that maybe contributing to the problem. Patients often report an improvement in general well being, energy levels, sleep patterns and also in areas of symptoms other than those that brought them to the osteopath in the first place.

The Osteopath may give advice about your diet, posture, work-station arrangement, exercises and stretches (as required) for maintenance of your health and to help prevent future injuries from occurring.

This type of treatment is suitable for everyone from newborn babies to the very elderly, being extremely gentle.

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