Osteopathy is a hands-on, body-based therapy that have a rich history of study, practice and research to back up its effectiveness.

Osteopathy is about helping your body work more easily, smoothly and fluidly. As individual therapies, they each have a different emphasis but the end goal is the same – to help your body function better every day and to help your body overcome injury and strain.

If you’re the kind of person who enjoys understanding all the details, read our FAQs here. In practice, what we do at Vital Body is understand where you’re at right now and then identify which (or which combination) of therapy is going to help you further, faster.

How we work

Your first consultation with us tells us about your current complaint(s) as well as your lifestyle, work and fitness goals. That way we can tailor a personalised treatment plan that is going to work for you.

If we don’t believe we can help you – we let you know straight away. Typically though, that first consultation will include treatment to provide some immediate relief, along with advice on what to do (and perhaps not to do) between treatments, and a plan for how we intend to progress your healing process using one or more therapeutic specialisms.

Meet the team

Mandy Crawford

Registered Osteopath & ACC Provider | Lecturer |  Exec Sports Medicine NZ

My involvement in physical therapy spans years. Originally, I qualified with a Bachelor of Neuromuscular Therapy and Diplomas in Therapeutic & Sports Massage. My clients have included the NZ Warriors and both the English & Argentinean Rugby World Cup teams.

I am an osteopathic representative for Sport Medicine NZ, working with a team of inspirational people to develop best practice.

My passion for continuing education straddles both sides of the equation. I continued to complete my Masters of Osteopathy after a further five years of study, while dividing my time between our busy practice and teaching massage at AUT. These days, I continue to teach massage therapy while working as Vital Body’s own in-house Osteopath in Auckland.

It’s fair to say that there are very few similarly qualified professionals around – with me, you are truly in expert hands. Part of what makes me exceptional is my passion for sharing my knowledge. As a patient, you will come to understand more about how and why your body works the way it does (in easily understood terms) and more about what you can do to help yourself.

Whether you have a new pain or injury or a niggling longer-term problem, a session with me is the best place to start.

I am a preferred Southern Cross provider. Please let me know if you require a full receipt for treatment claims.

I am available Monday – Friday.

Therapeutic specialities:

  • Osteopath

  • Connective Tissue Release

  • Lymphatic Drainage

  • Jaw Pain

  • Back and Neck Pain

Mandy Crawford, Doctor of Osteopathy

Matthew Wain

Registered Osteopath & ACC Provider

My belief in the importance of achieving functional wellness drove me to complete my Masters in Osteopathy. I utilize my wide range of osteopathic skills to assess, diagnose, and treat the body to achieve structural alignment and balance. I find that the most effective method of treatment is determined by understanding the body’s function and physiology behind a patient’s condition. I enjoy helping patients understand how their body is affected by strain and injury and, with individually tailored treatments, working with them to achieve great results.

I also enjoy the outdoors and am passionate about keeping fit and encouraging others to be active.

I am a preferred Southern Cross provider. Please let me know if you require a full receipt for a treatment claim.

I am available Tuesday to Saturday.

Kate Ramage

Registered Osteopath & ACC Provider

After graduating with my Master of Osteopathy from Melbourne’s RMIT University in 2011, I practiced in Australia and Europe before returning to New Zealand in 2015.

I am recognized for my dedication to providing individualized treatment to every patient I see, from school children, athletes, and weekend warriors with sporting injuries, to manual workers and older people who are trying to maintain strength and youthful energy for as long as possible.

Before studying osteopathy, I completed a neuroscience degree at Otago University and played hockey at a regional level around New Zealand. Still very sporty, I compete in distance running and enjoy sailing and beach cricket.

I am a preferred Southern Cross provider. Please let me know if you require a full receipt for a treatment claim.

Therapeutic specialities:

  • Osteopath

  • Shoulder problems

  • Migraines & Headaches

  • Back and Neck pain

  • Pregnancy related pain

Kate Ramage - Vital Body, Auckland

Megan Hawkins

Admin Extraordinaire

I help the team at Vital Body by looking after all the paperwork behind the scenes and keeping things organized so that the team can spend more time on giving you the best care possible!

Outside of this, I have my own business as a Virtual Assistant, where I work for a few small local businesses, and I have two young kids who keep me on my toes!

Megan Hawkins

Common conditions we help with

If your body is aching, sore or injured – chances are we can help. We also can provide relief for chronic conditions (ones that persist over a long period of time). The sorts of conditions we regularly treat include:

  • ​Neck and shoulder pain

  • Back pain

  • Frozen shoulder / rotator cuff injuries

  • Headaches / migraines

  • Jaw (TMJ) pain

  • Breathing dysfunction / snoring

  • RSI / OOS / carpal tunnel

  • Sciatica

  • Sports injuries & injury prevention

  • Chronic pain

  • Stress related conditions

  • And much more…

Book your appointment today

​The benefits of a fully functioning body are immeasurable. Osteopathy can help restore your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Book your initial consultation and then let’s get you moving towards a healthier, more vital, body today.
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