Top Notch Osteopaths
Parnell | Massey West Auckland

Had enough of an injury, stress or ongoing pain slowing you down? 

We want you to get back to moving and feeling better – book in with our osteopaths at our Massey or Parnell Clinic.

What does an Osteopath do?

Because our bodies vary from person to person,  so to will your osteopathic treatment.

When you visit our Parnell or Massey clinic, your osteopath will assess the mobility of problem areas, take a detailed case history, and form a diagnosis to work out the best treatment and management plan for your needs.

Osteopaths treat more than you think. They focus on how your bones, joints, muscles, nerves, circulatory system, and internal organs function as a whole body unit.

It is also very satisfying to motivate someone with ongoing health concerns. We will educate and support you on your personal journey to a pain-free life. We will encourage you to exercise well, adapt your posture, movement and activities to help maintain the problem at an acceptable level. Encouraging you to be empowered with your own health and recovery is paramount.

Why would you see an osteopath?

Our osteopathy treatment is most commonly sought after for musculoskeletal problems. Most people see us for help with conditions that affect muscle, nerve pain and joint issues such as:

This is by no means an exhaustive list of conditions that are seen at Top Notch. ​If you experience any of the above conditions or have questions please get in touch with Top Notch Bodyworks to see if we can assist you.


We’re thorough, precise and look for the root cause of conditions

Our Osteopaths are based in the heart of Massey, West Auckland and Parnell.

Proudly serving our clients throughout Auckland, New Zealand.

What is the difference between osteopathy and physiotherapy?

Our holistic approach is both evidence-based and suitable for your health goals"

Osteopaths, like physiotherapy, are primary health practitioners. Osteopathy approaches your healthcare by recognising the link between how your body presents (the structure) and how you move (the function).  Physiotherapy predominantly uses exercise-based rehabilitation to improve your strength, movement and function. We work very closely with local physiotherapists.

At Top Notch Bodyworks – we provide natural hands-on therapy that facilitates your needs in getting you moving and feeling better.  We do this by providing tailored plans that adhere to your goals. 

Do you have restrictions with joint movements, find it hard to stretch, stiff or get down into positions? Is it painful?"

Do you have areas of tension and tightness in the muscles?"

These are some of the things our experienced practitioners will examine and evaluate during your consultation.

We have a lot of hands-on techniques in our tool box – deep soft tissue, therapeutic massage, mobilisation, articulation and stretching.
Not anyone can be an osteopath. In New Zealand, our osteopaths are government registered practitioners who complete a minimum of five years of accredited training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general healthcare diagnosis and osteopathic techniques.

With many of our practitioners going on to complete further studies in Rehabilitation, Pain Science, Pediatrics, Women’s and Men’s Health, and Ergonomics.

Our osteopaths have trained in standard medical examination of the musculoskeletal, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, we can assist you with referral to an appropriate medical practitioner if required. "

We have years of experience delivering services to the community and we are proud to have a network of incredible healthcare practitioners who work collectively to support each other and our patients."

Osteopaths make their choice of treatment depending on what is going on for you, the condition you have, and may give advice on posture, exercises, lifting procedures, nutrition etc. They may also send off for x-rays or for further investigations if applicable."

At Top Notch Bodyworks, we're proud of the excellent reputation that our clinic maintains amongst the local community.

​When you think osteopathy in Auckland, think Top Notch Bodyworks as your first choice in quality healthcare services.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can make an ACC appointment directly at our osteopathic clinic without a referral.

Our osteopaths based in Massey and Remuera can assist you in managing an array of musculoskeletal concerns or answer any further questions you may have.

During your first osteopathy session, the osteopath will ask about your symptoms, general health and any other medical care you’re receiving before carrying out a physical examination.

The osteopath will use their hands to find areas of weakness, tenderness, restriction or strain within your body. 

With your consent, you’ll probably need to remove some clothing from the area being examined, and you may be asked to perform simple movements. Please wear loose clothing. Shorts are preferable to work with.

You should then be able to discuss whether osteopathy can help treat the problem and, if so, what the treatment programme should involve.

Osteopaths are trained to identify if you need to be referred to a GP or if you need further tests, such as imaging (x-ray or ultrasound) to help diagnose the problem.

Osteopathic techniques

An osteopath aims to restore the normal function and stability of the joints to help the body heal itself.

They use their hands to treat your body in a variety of ways, using a mixture of gentle and forceful techniques.

Techniques are chosen based on the individual patient and the symptoms they have reported.

These include:

  • massage – to release and relax muscles
  • stretching stiff joints
  • articulation – where your joints are moved through their natural range of motion
  • high-velocity thrusts – short, sharp movements to the spine, which normally produce a clicking noise similar to cracking your knuckles

These techniques aim to reduce pain, improve movement and encourage healing.

Osteopathy is not usually painful, although it’s not unusual to feel sore or stiff in the first few days after treatment, particularly if you’re having treatment for a painful or inflamed injury.

Your osteopath will explain whether you’re likely to have any reactions. If you feel any pain during or after treatment, tell your osteopath.

You may be given advice on self-help and exercise to aid your recovery and prevent symptoms returning or getting worse.

In general, the first appointment will last about 45 minutes to an hour. Further treatments last around 30 minutes. Your course of treatment will depend on your symptoms.

Initial treatment will take approximately 40 minutes. The osteopath treats one patient at a time, and is in the room with the patient for the duration of the treatment session. In this time we take a full case history, and perform any physical, orthopaedic or neurological examinations that may be necessary in order to reach an accurate diagnosis.

Any further treatments are between 30-35 minutes. In this consultation the osteopath will deliver treatment as needed, offer a management place, ongoing advice and support, and assess the improvement of the condition.

Osteopathy relies on the accurate observation and assessment of the whole human frame. As such, depending on the location of the problem, patients are usually asked to undress to their underwear to permit this observation, particularly during the initial assessment visit. We will take care to only ask you to disrobe as far as necessary to permit the treatment to proceed. Some patients bring shorts to the treatment.

As far as possible your osteopath will use towels to cover you up during the treatment. You are also most welcome to bring someone with you. We have both male and female practitioners. It is our priority to make you feel as comfortable as possible. If you feel at all uncomfortable with the extent to which you are asked to undress, or any aspect of the treatment or examination please let us know. We will always respect requests for modesty and can work within your personal preference. Should you feel more comfortable in the presence of a friend or relative, this is also possible.

Those whom are disabled or require assistance or are under the age of 16 must have a parent, guardian or caregiver present throughout the entire treatment. 

Many people feel good after, experiencing some amount pain relief in an area that was painful. Usually the treatment given continues to have an effect over a few days. This is why we will often encourage you to ‘take it easy’ and rest after a treatment. It will allow your body the necessary time to heal properly, even if you feel completely pain free.
It is not uncommon after any physical therapy, including Osteopathic care, to continue to experience some symptoms or even feel sore or tired. Sometimes the symptoms may become worse before they become better usually in the first 24-48 hours.

What is a post treatment reaction?

A post treatment reaction is the term for the achy or uncomfortable sensation that can occur after treatment. Should you feel a bit sore and achy after your treatment, this feeling should ease within a couple of days. This occurs due to your body adjusting to the changes that may have been made through treatment.

If you feel concerned, or your pain is significantly worse, then you should call and speak with your Osteopath. We would always prefer that you call us to let us know how you feel. We will often be able to tell you what to do or not to do that can help relieve the irritations you are feeling. In some cases we may even decide it is something separate from the treatment and may need further attention by either your practitioner or a referral to further investigate.

What to do if you suffer from a post treatment reaction

Osteopaths at Top Notch, depending on your condition, may prescribe the use of a heat pack, cold pack, some stretching, exercises, rest or over-the-counter analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications to support the treatment. Following the advice you have been given should help your condition recover faster. If you are unsure or you think it is not supporting your recovery please call your Osteopath to discuss and clarify what they have advised.

Patients often wonder how many treatments they are going to need in order to feel better. Sometimes this is hard to answer after the first treatment. The time and amount of treatment can be variable for each individual depending on their condition, lifestyle, age and activity levels. As we see how you are responding to treatment/s we will endeavour to give you a clearer prognosis

Osteopathy is mostly hands-on treatment that may include massage, stretching, repetitive movements, mobilisation and/or manipulation.

Most osteopathic treatments are gentle and should not cause undue discomfort. If your injuries do require hands-on treatment of painful and tender areas, your osteopath will aim to make you as comfortable as possible.

There are techniques which may cause some short term discomfort or pain. You may experience mild soreness for a day or two after treatment, similar to that felt after mild exercise. If this soreness persists or increases significantly, please do not hesitate to contact your osteopath to discuss your concerns.

You can use an existing claim, however, please make sure it is still within the 12 months from the date of your injury. You will need to provide your osteopath with your existing claim number, please either contact the health professional who raised your claim or call ACC on 0800 101 996.

If you are seeing two different providers for your care under ACC – for example a physio for exercise rehabilitation and osteopathy for hands on treatment – please do not book your appointments on the same day. 

If the nature of your injury is still persisting despite treatment, and you are choosing to seek osteopathic treatment with us for this claim. Please email the clinic – as some claims will not have approval for more treatment and you will need to be seen privately.  

If your injury is work-related, please let your osteopath know. Your injury may be approved through your work rather than ACC.  Please ensure you contact your employer to see if you qualify for this cover.  If you are not sure, we can submit and ACC will inform us that your workplace will cover up to a certain amount of treatments.  

Our Team

Meet our experienced Osteopaths


Registered Osteopath

Nathalie Dussart Top Notch Bodyworks Osteopath

Registered Osteopath

Veronica Athy

Registered Osteopath


Registered Osteopath

ACC Injuries

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