Nicky Smyth Tauranga Osteopath TaurangaNicky is an OCNZ and ACC registered osteopath with an interest in providing treatment for the whole family, especially pregnant women and children. After completing high school in Tauranga, Nicky moved to Auckland where she completed her Masters in Osteopathy over five years at Unitec. On completion of her training, Nicky came back to the BOP and worked for just over a year at a thriving Papamoa clinic, known for the treatment of babies and pregnant women. However, as Nicky’s now husband was still in Auckland, she moved back up where she worked in a busy Parnell clinic for five years. At the end of 2016, Nicky and her husband decided it was time to return home, and after hearing there was space at The Life Clinic, Nicky jumped at the opportunity to set up at such a great clinic.

Since completing her training, Nicky has done further study within osteopathy, including treatment of pregnant women, infants and children, breastfeeding and biodynamic osteopathy (a gentle form of cranial osteopathic treatment which focuses on the whole well-being of the person). On top of this, Nicky has also completed a year-long course for rehabilitative Pilates, with the world renown Polestar Pilates – a program designed for health-care practitioners.

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a form of manual therapy where the practitioner uses their hands to palpate and treat the joints, muscles, connective tissue and nervous system of the body. Within osteopathy there are a wide range of techniques which range from strong structural techniques, such as manipulation of joints, deep tissue massage, joint articulation and stretching of muscles, to the gentler indirect cranial treatment, whereby the practitioner works with the body, unwinding connective tissue and encouraging blood flow to the body.

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Location: The Life Clinic
174 Fraser Street
(Cnr of 17th Ave and Fraser Street)