Health Within Osteopathy

Health Within Osteopathy is a holistic healthcare clinic in Westmere, Auckland.

We believe in treating the underlying cause of problems, and helping you back to good health through osteopathic care and lifestyle changes. We use cranial osteopathy, which is gentle and safe for the whole family. Your health is important to us and we tailor our treatments to your needs.

Dr Rebecca Walker is a qualified osteopath and medical researcher. She has authored articles on glue ear, vitamin D, immune systems and the microbiome in children during her doctoral research. She also researched the effects of osteopathy on occupational overuse injuries in computer users. With her love of osteopathy and passion for evidence based research she loves the challenges that present to her practice and being able to provide a multidisciplinary treatment approach. Rebecca has trained internationally both in Australia and the United States, and has studied with Jim Jealous and completed all 9 phases in the Biodynamic approach to Osteopathy. Other interests include brain injuries/concussion, anxiety, stress, hormonal imbalances and general mental health. With her in-depth knowledge of nutritional medicine, exercise, microbiology, and the immune system she finds a interdisciplinary approach is best suited to many complex pain disorders #osteopath #wellness #glue ear #concussion #health

[05/01/19]   Great article in MindFood about how osteopathic treatment benefits people with chronic pain.

Study shows healthy 'nose bugs' could prevent kids' glue ear

Health Within's director Rebecca Walker was recently interviewed by Newshub (TV3) about the surprising results of her PhD research into glue ear and the microbiome. Researchers say it's all about having the right bacterial balance in your schnoz.

Health Within Osteopathy - As-the-twig-is-bent

As the twig is bent, so grows the tree...
Vikasini discusses how our bodies are marked by our past, and how osteopathy can help.

During most people’s initial appointment we discover that there are several issues that need addressing with osteopathy beyond the particular injury, pain or limitation that has brought them to the clinic. Our bodies retain much of our history, and forgotten falls, impacts or illnesses commonly resurface in our patients’ memories as the treatment starts to release tissues that have been affected by life events in the past.... (click image to continue reading). During most people’s initial appointment we discover that there are several issues that need addressing with osteopathy beyond the particular injury, pain or limitation that has brought them to the clinic. Our bodies retain much of our history, and forgotten falls, impacts or illnesses commonly re...

Vikasini qualified in London in 1992. She has been working in Aotearoa NZ since 1994, joining Health Within Osteopathy in 2002. Vikasini chose to specialise in ‘cranial’ osteopathy while still a student because of its ability to bring about deep therapeutic changes to any condition; be it a sprained ankle, birth strains in mother or baby, post-surgical problems or the after-effects of a stroke, not to mention the all too common low back and neck problems.
Vikasini has attended many post-graduate courses over the years in Europe, Australia and here, furthering her skills, and particularly enjoying and growing from the direct experience of Dr. James Jealous’ Biodynamic approach. Vikasini is a practising Buddhist and happily finds that osteopathy and Buddhist teachings are perfectly aligned and complementary! She enjoys treating all age groups and all conditions, and feels fortunate to work in a profession where the inherent intelligence of the patient's body so precisely determines the unfolding of the therapeutic process.
#osteopath #osteopathy #wellness #health #pregnancyhealth

Congratulations to Rebecca who was awarded her PhD in Paediatrics from the University of Auckland today!

Beautiful spring flowers to go with a beautiful spring day. We are seeing patients currently with allergy related symptoms. Osteopathic treatment can work wonders on sinus pain/pressure, congestion and inflammation by unblocking the nasal passages and improving lymphatic drainage. #health #wellness #allergytreatment #spring

A nutritious green smoothie transformed into a delicious child friendly ice block! Get greens into those fussy eaters. Keep the body in harmony with natural, easily absorbed goodness.

Green smoothie:

1/2 cup pineapple,
1/3 cup frozen mango,
handful spinach,
2 cm grated ginger,
1 golden kiwifruit,
1/2 banana,
1/4 cup greek yogurt
1 cup any milk type (soy, rice, almond etc)

Cut the fruit up into chunks and place in a blender for approximately 1 minute then pour into plastic ice block moulds.

Winter wellness smoothie

1/3 cup of frozen mango
1/2 cup of pineapple,
1 banana,
Flesh of 1 orange ,
1 golden kiwifruit,
1 cup milk (soy, rice, almond etc)
1/4 cup natural unsweetened yogurt,
2cm turmeric
2cm ginger.
NB: Option to add Bioceutical Vit C powder or probiotics - especially helpful at the change of season to ward off infections.

Cut the fruit up into chunks and place in a blender for approximately 1 minute then pour into plastic ice block moulds.

#healthyeating #kidfriendly #healthwithinrecipes

Starting the week with a touch of beauty and a gentle perfume to lift mood and inspire wellness. @kumeuflowerbarn. Holistic approaches to wellbeing always address more. #Osteopathy #wellness #roses #Osteopaths #Auckland

Concussions may seem benign on the surface, but they can have lasting effects. They are not just a hazard for elite sports people but for children too. "It felt like my brain hit the side of my head" is a common description. Headaches, neck pain, dizziness, anxiety, and fatigue are all common symptoms. As osteopaths we take any form of brain injury seriously, and it's our job to make sure the brain is happily floating within the cranium in its protective fluid. Read more about concussions and a case history from Kate

Kate graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in London in 1998. Emigrating to NZ in 2000, Kate has pursued post-graduate study in cranial osteopathy including all 9 phases in the biodynamic approach, leading to a special interest in treating fertility, pregnancy, babies and children. Kate lives in Piha with her husband and two children aged 7 and 11, and enjoys surfing, mountain biking, yoga and being out in nature.

#HealthWithinOsteopathy here to help you stay balanced and strong this #winter. #Osteopaths #newsign

Embrace #Winter and boost your winter #wellness. Let our #Osteopaths help make sure your body is doing what it does best, #selfhealing. When the body is out of alignment or out of balance, #vitality and the immune system is lowered so the ability to heal or fight off infection is compromised. Boost you winter wellness and book online now.

It's good to be back! We have returned to 141 Garnet Road in Westmere. The clinic entrance and inside has had a refresh and is much easier for patients to navigate. Our foliage and sign should be with us shortly. We look forward to treating you here in our own clinic again.

Our renovations have gotten a little noisy, so we have temporarily relocated Health Within Osteopathy to a nice handy location at 76 Jervois Rd, Ponsonby. Herne Bay Ponsonby Physiotherapy Clinic are graciously sharing their clinic, which has plenty of off-street parking at the back. We plan to return to Westmere in a couple of months.

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Vikasini back to the clinic. Vikasini has returned from Spain and will be working at the clinic from next Tuesday. Please call to make an appointment or book online. (09) 376 1980

We are pleased to announce Dion Kulak has joined Health Within Osteopathy. Born in Germany, Dion moved to London in 1976 to work with children in the community, graduating as an osteopath in 1985 (ESO UK). Dion has more than 30 years experience in treating infants, children and adults, and teaching osteopathy in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 she contributed a chapter in the “Textbook of Paediatrics” published by Elsevier. Her work with children and disability has given her much joy over the years. After running her own clinic in Melbourne for 20 years she has returned recently to live in NZ.

Osteopathy for primary headache patients: a systematic review

Good news for people suffering from headaches. A recent systematic review shows a visit to your osteopath can reduce the frequency of headaches and the need for medication. Visit our team of osteopaths who are skilled at treating headaches and migraines. This systematic review aimed to assess the efficacy, effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in patients with headache.Migraine is one of the most common and disabling medical conditions. It affects more than ...

Gracela one of our Osteopaths at Health Within during the Coast to Coast race

Low back pain help! Gracela completed the 2017 Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Her race was made up of a 3km run, a 67km kayak and a 125km bike. Gracela used osteopathic treatment as part of her management to complete the race with low back pain.

High quality evidence suggests Vitamin D can reduce asthma attacks | Cochrane

Good news for asthma sufferers. The "sunshine vitamin" (vitamin D) can help reduce asthma attacks and the need for steroid tablets. New Cochrane Review indicates use of oral supplements may provide benefits for people with asthma.

New antibiotic found in human nose

A new antibiotic to fight superbugs was found in our nose! Some people have a friendly bacteria in their nose that produces this antibiotic. This finding supports the osteopathic philosophy that "the body has its own medicine cabinet." A paradigm shift in health is happening, which opens the door to more research examining the best way to support our own immune systems, including the helpful bacteria that inhabit us. Competing species produces a compound that kills the hospital scourge MRSA

Chronic Respiratory Infections

Do you have a cough that won't go away? Osteopath Kate Leighton talks about chronic respiratory infections. In this special edition newsletter our osteopath Kate Leighton explains the benefits osteopathy can have on respiratory infections.

We recently started stocking Artemis Virogone, and it's proven hugely popular with patients and staff to ward off Winter colds using a natural herbal remedy. There's even a palatable child-friendly version! Buy from us before the end of August, and go in the draw to win a trip for 2 to Queenstown and other prizes.

Why exercise might boost your memory

What's good for the heart is good for the brain! Brain growth occurs with aerobic activity. We know exercise is good for our health but it can also improve our memory and prevent brain atrophy. Struggling to remember where you left your keys? A run might jog your memory.

Good news for expecting mums waiting for a Mumanu pregnancy pillow! After a long hiatus, they are ready to start supplying us again. We should have new stock in 2 months time, but you can pre-order with us now.

Wishing you wellbeing for 2016

Wishing you wellbeing for 2016 We're pleased to welcome Vikasini back after eight months in a meditation retreat in Spain. Read more about what's been happening at the clinic in our newsletter.

Have you ever taken a child with glue ear to an osteopath? This osteopath would love to interview you about your experience for her research. This is a subject dear to our hearts too, as Rebecca is working towards a PhD on the subject of glue ear.

Health Risk Barometer

Is your lifestyle healthy? Researchers have devised a simple quiz that offers advice on lifestyle changes to avoid serious health conditions. Their dietary advice is in line with the new "food pyramid" that recommends limiting red meat. Of course everyone is individual, so do seek personalised advice if you have concerns. Health Risk Barometer Do you know what your health risks are? This quick and easy test offers some useful advice. How healthy are you? Take this short quiz to find out if your health is at risk

Baby News and Spring Special

Spring is just around the corner. In our latest newsletter we've got a great offer for new patients to experience the benefits of osteopathy. Read our latest newsletter introducing Rebecca's baby and offering special savings on osteopathic treatments for new patients in September.

F.D.A. Is Set to Toughen Nonaspirin Warnings

Many New Zealanders take Voltaren, Nurofen or other nonaspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief without knowing the risks. Evidence is mounting that these drugs increase your chances of suffering a heart failure or stroke. This is especially concerning for people with heart conditions, but it applies to everyone. We recommend avoiding NSAIDs if possible. Labels on painkillers like ibuprofen that are taken by millions will be subtly changed to say that they cause an increased risk of heart attack.

Wellbeing: Hands-on healing for aches - Life & Style - NZ Herald News

It's National Osteopathy Awareness week. Here's a great article from the Herald about what osteopathy can be used to treat - more than you might think! New parents dealing with an unsettled baby will try anything to make their child content. Eleven years ago my newborn, Nina, would spend hours screaming in the early evening and would - New Zealand Herald

Hope you're having a lovely Xmas break and have a chance to reconnect with family and friends over the holiday season. Rebecca and Vikasini will be back in the clinic from Monday the 5th of January. Wishing everyone a reinvigorated new year for 2015!

The most comfortable pregnancy sleeping position - Mumanu

Is pregnancy making your sleep uncomfortable? In conjunction with osteopathic treatment, finding the right sleeping position can help. We are proud to stock the Mumanu pillow, which can help you get the most comfortable night's sleep. Here is some advice from Mumanu on sleeping position. Most of my pregnant massage clients find it really hard to get comforable in bed until I teach them these great tips. Contrary to popular belief it is actually possible to get a comfortable night’s sleep when you’re pregnant. Here’s how… During pregnancy it’s important to lie on your side. This is b…

Nature makes happy

If you're feeling tired and need to re-energise, the best medicine may be as simple as getting out into nature. Canadian researchers have found a link between happiness and "nature connectedness". When you are feeling disconnected and wanting outdoor space there is a biological reason for it, so do listen to your body! Research suggest that “nature relatedness has a distinct happiness benefit” beyond the benefit of feeling connected to family and family.

Health update

Still battling winter bugs? Read our September 2014 health update for advice on getting over infections and moving on to enjoying spring. Colds & flu can cause congested lungs, ear infections and infected sinuses, and also exacerbate atopic conditions such as hay fever and asthma. If you are still plagued by bacteria and viruses, here are some natural ways to help:

Mind-altering microbes: how the microbiome affects brain and behavior: Elaine Hsiao at TEDxCaltech

Are bacteria controlling your mind? Incredible as it sounds, the presence of helpful bacteria in our guts can reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression and even autism. As osteopaths we believe in treating the mind and body as the highly connected systems that they are. Our treatments can help with digestive problems, and we can recommend ways to restore your positive gut flora. Healthy body, healthy mind!

Elaine Hsiao is a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and biology at Caltech. She received her undergraduate degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular ge...

Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain

Do you fall asleep during osteopathy treatments? Research published in the journal Science shows that during sleep, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flushes toxic waste products from our brain. These toxins include beta amyloid, which can lead to Alzheimer's disease. Osteopathy may help not only with opening pathways for circulation of CSF, but could also aid your sleep for the added benefit of removing toxic buildup in your brain.

A study by University of Rochester Scientists in the journal Science reveals that the brain's unique method of waste removal -- dubbed the glymphatic system ...

The pace of modern life versus our cavewoman biochemistry: Dr Libby Weaver at TEDxQueenstown

Great talk by Dr Libby about "rushing woman's syndrome" especially the value of deep diaphragmatic breathing, the role of hormones in stress and the importance of slowing down to appreciate our miraculous bodies.

"There is a crisis facing women's health." At TEDxQueenstown 2014 - Sense of place, Australasia's leading nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver talks about ...

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141 Garnet Rd, Westmere

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:30
Thursday 09:00 - 17:30
Friday 09:00 - 17:30
Saturday 11:00 - 14:00
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