From a young age l loved sport, playing representative Golf, Cricket, and Badminton in Auckland, New Zealand. I went on to become a Personal Trainer and Manager at BodyTech Fitness and Spa before continuing my studies in Osteopathy. I graduated with a Masters of Osteopathy in 2004 from Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. My interest in sports and exercise subsequently led to the completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Sports Medicine) from the University of Auckland.
In my clinical practice, I have a particular interest in musculoskeletal pain and biomechanics, especially as it relates to exercise, movement, and sporting injuries. I also enjoy helping people suffering from disc issues, persistent postural strain, joint pain, headache and migraine, nerve injuries, plantar fasciitis, vertigo and TMJ (jaw) disorders. I work with pregnant patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain. I love taking a patient centered approach to osteopathic treatment, with a focus on education and self management to help people take control of their own recovery.
I can relate to pain having had back surgery in 2008 for disc prolapses. I injured my lower back in 2006 and that was the last day I practiced Osteopathy for four years. Prior to surgery I was told it was likely I would never practice Osteopathy or play sport again. After a lot of rehabilitation I was able to resume practicing Osteopathy and I also started playing squash (my surgeon was a little surprised by my choice but gave me the ok to continue). It was a long recovery however I feel it has enabled me to become a better Osteopath as I truly understand what it means to be in chronic pain and how it affects both the body and mind.
In 2012 I moved from New Zealand to Wollongong, Australia. Since moving to Wollongong I have worked with Ian Cassidy at the Osteopathic and Healthcare Clinic in the Wollongong CBD. I have two miniature Schnauzers named Patrick and Betty, and regularly attend boxing and kickboxing sessions. I also enjoy walking and share a passion for photography.
In 2018 I traveled to New Zealand to completed further training in the Osteopathic treatment of animals. I currently offer mobile treatments and you can check out my website here.
If you would like to make an appointment with Rachel please phone 02-4229 5907