About the Nelson Osteopathic Clinic

Meet Richard Carruthers, QSM, Registered Osteopath

Originally from England, where he completed osteopathic training in London from 1978-1982, Richard has almost 40 years of experience as a working osteopath.

In that time Richard has: 

  • Lectured or taught 30 post-graduate courses for osteopathic industry professionals in London, Brussels, China, France, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Published over 35 osteopathic research papers.
  • Served on various professional osteopathic committees, including the NZRO, Quality Assurance, Post-Graduate Education and Complaints Committees. 
  • Been an NZQA appointed monitor for the Masters in Osteopathy Degree Course at Unitec for 6 years. 
  • Attended over 40 post-graduate seminars in London, America, Brussels, China, France, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Edited the Journal of the New Zealand Register of Osteopaths for 6 years.

In 2016 Richard was also awarded the QSM (Queen’s Service Medal) for services to osteopathy.

What you can expect from Richard’s style and approach

Richard is warm and kind, and welcomes both new and regular patients like old friends. 

His specialist approach involves: 

  • Deep pressure point release to target the particular area of muscular discomfort and quickly relieve pain. 
  • Mobilisation and manipulation of joints to ensure range of movement and alignment of bones and joints.
  • Gentle cranial and myofascial release to gently release tension and ease patients into a state of wellbeing. 
  • Advice on posture, movement and exercise to support your recovery and prevent against further injury. 

Read more about Richard’s treatment style and see more about what to expect in your appointment here.

Book your appointment now by calling (03) 548 8414.  

About Richard

Aside from osteopathy, you may be familiar with Richard around Nelson as the founder and director of the Nelson Youth Theatre Company (NYTC). 

Born from a passion for theatre and seeing few opportunities for his young daughters to perform on stage, Richard founded the Nelson Youth Theatre Company in 2000 and has been committed to providing opportunities to develop and inspire Nelson’s youth through theatre ever since. He was recognised with a QSM for services to theatre and osteopathy in 2016.

You can find out more about the Nelson Youth Theatre Company here

When Richard isn’t in the clinic or in the theatre, he loves to travel and explore the outdoors with his family, swimming, hiking and running.