Focusing on the diagnosis, treatment, prevention & rehabilitation...


  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Arthritic pain
  • Stiff or sore muscles/joints
  • Sinus problems
  • Digestive problems


  • Colic
  • Wind
  • Ear infections
  • Difficulty turning head
  • Unsettled
  • Irritability
  • Head shape
  • Suckling
  • Latching difficulties
  • Reflux


  • Decrease pain
  • Improve movement
  • Better posture
  • Healthier Joints
  • Pregnancy
  • Softens scars
  • Better overall health
  • Improve muscle flexibility
  • Improve circulation
  • Better sleep

What is Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a holistic form of treatment which looks at the body as a whole entity emphasising that all parts of the body are interrelated.

As an osteopath, we study not only physiology, neuroscience, anatomy and techniques but also the fundamentals and principles of osteopathy. In other words, the part of the body that is painful might not correspond to the injury site.

Conditions we can treat

We primarily treat musculoskeletal injuries such as back, neck, hip, knee, shoulder, wrist and ankle pains, but can also help with other problems too.

Our treatment approach

Our osteopaths use a gentle hands on approach appropriate for all ages.

We use effective techniques such as stretching, joint mobilisation, massage, exercise prescription and manipulation to skillfully address the significant physical issues and dysfunction in your body that relate to your complaint.

 Our consultation consist of

During your first consultation, you will be asked questions about your problem, including previous injuries, your medical history, any medications you are taking or other factors that may not appear to be directly related to your problem.

A full osteopathic examination, postural assessments and if necessary clinical tests will be carried out and advice on activities and exercises will also be given during your first consultation.

No matter whether your condition was caused by a sport, work accident or otherwise, we welcome the chance to help you



Articulation is a passive movement applied in a smooth rhythmic fashion to gradually stretch contracted muscles, ligaments and peri-articular tissue by working against the resistance of these and related tensions.


Low or high-velocity thrust (LVT or HVT) of a joint which improves movement by gapping the joint and sometimes produces a ‘click’, increases blood flow and drainage to and from the area, stimulates the nervous system and helps with the lymphatic drainage.


Massage improves circulation which increases blood flow bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues which improve muscle tone by relaxing tight muscles.


Stretching is a great way to speed up rehabilitation allowing for a smoother recovery and helps to prevent injury.

Ligamentous Technique

Gentle maneuvers of ligaments by direct or indirect techniques in order to help stretch and lengthen ligaments

Visceral Technique

Gentle points of pressure in the abdomen that helps to work on tight ligaments or directly release the smooth muscle in the intestine. This is in order to improve the bowel, liver and kidney function.

Muscle Energy Technique

Muscle Energy Technique is a manual therapy that uses the muscle contractions of the patient to relax and lengthen tight muscles and improve joint range of motion.

Cranio-Sacral Treatment

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle, noninvasive form of bodywork that addresses the bones of the head, spinal column, and sacrum. The goal is to release compression in those areas which alleviate stress and pain.

Rotorua’s leading Osteopaths dedicated to your health and well being through whole-body treatment and rehabilitation

 Our team

Johanna Ottosson

Prior to moving to New Zealand in 2001, I spent four years in London at the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) in Maidstone, Kent.

I now call Rotorua home and it reminds me of my native Sweden. I have a passion for the outdoors, especially spending it running. With the beautiful lakes and forest, this is a stunning location to raise my family and practice Osteopathy.

Osteopathy gives me the opportunity to help adults, babies and the elderly, and allows me to both treat and advise patients about their problem, treatment, and outcome.

Having children of my own has sparked my interest in treating babies and young helping them you indirectly help the whole family!

BSc Hons Ost, BSc Sci Ost, MOCNZ

Victoria Huggett

I was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to London at the age of 17. I have been practicing sport & holistic massage for over 12 years.

After suffering a spinal injury I tried an osteopath and was inspired by the effect it had. I finally had some relief from two years of pain.

I graduated from the prestigious British School of Osteopathy and practices classic, modern osteopathy & western medical acupuncture to help patients achieve their goals and manage short and long term health benefit.

I enjoy walking, cycling, cross-country skiing & swimming. I was inspired by a beauty of New Zealand and an opportunity of exploring the lakes, mountains, forests along with the Maori culture.

Gail Hanson

I started my osteopathic journey at the British School of Osteopathy and completed my masters in New Zealand.

I have 20 years manual therapy experience and originally trained as a sports massage therapist in Australia. I have completed further studies in Cranial, Obstetric & Paediatric Osteopathy and have a special interest in Visceral and Pelvic disorders.

I enjoy treating the very young to those more senior in years and this variety allows me to utilise a variety of osteopathic techniques.

I am motorbike enthusiast, enjoy skiing, kayaking and recently have been coming to grips with learning mountain biking,

I also have a passion for animals which led to completing a postgraduate diploma in Canine & Equine Osteopathy so when I am not in clinic you will find me in a paddock treating the four legged patients.

Isobel Taylor

Hi everyone, I’m Isobel and I manage the everyday workings of the clinic for Johanna or I like to think that I do. I’m the person who you chat to when you come into the clinic and on the phone when appointment times need changing.

I’m Rotorua born and bred and think Rotorua is a fantastic city to live in. Work wise, I have spent time working in the Rotorua hospitality industry, first for Sheraton Hotels, then Skyline and Destination Rotorua and now really enjoy the opportunity to talk with you all when you come into the clinic.

I have two sons, who have finally given me three beautiful grand daughters, so visit them as much as possible. I enjoy fashion, gardening, swimming, running/walking and triathlon, and I will watch most sports on TV, however, I do struggle with hockey.

I will look forward to having the opportunity of meeting you on your visit to the clinic or catching up with you on your next visit.

Osteopathy aims to assist the body in activating its own self-healing mechanism

Contact Details

Osteopathic Health Clinic

1317 Eruera Street

07 349 6621

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