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Christchurch Osteopathy and Acupuncture
Welcome to Christchurch Osteopathy and Acupuncture.

PLEASE CLICK on: Appointment (40 mins) or Appointment (30 mins) green boxes here to the right ----------->
to see all the available appointments and make an appointment. All of the GREEN BOXES are the AVAILABLE appointments.

The cost of both lengths of appointments, either 30 or 40 minutes, is still the same. For your FIRST appointment you need to book for 40 minutes. This is not just because you need to do some paperwork when you arrive, but because I need to make a thorough musculoskeletal assessment for you, and take any relevant medical history.

After-hours appointments do cost slightly more, ($10 more). Please see below.

If it is an Emergency (you or a family member are in a lot of pain), I may be able to fit you in - even if there are no available appointments shown in the diary (this applies to weekends, even SUNDAYS). Best to phone (or text me) on 021 043 6282

For your FIRST visit, you need to book a 40 minute appointment.
For further appointments you can book a 30 minute appointment.
However, please allow a little more time than this.
You don’t want to rush to get here, or rush away afterwards, and it’s good to receive treatment in a relaxed, collected state, rather than a distracted one. (Always a good idea to turn your phone off, or to silent. After all, treatment is YOUR time, for YOURSELF, no one else.)

Also, if you have acupuncture, or we find more complex health issues to work with, we may need a little extra time (and if it’s a complex or long-term health condition, you may benefit from several treatments.)
Our clinic Christchurch Osteopathy and Acupuncture
88 Linwood Avenue, Avonside, Christchurch
Free parking (on-street and off-street)
Phone: 03 980 2425 or 021 043 6282
Michael Inman Michael Inman BSc (hons) osteopathy (UK)
NZ registered osteopath
cranial therapist
member of the Institute of classical osteopathy (UK)
member of acupuncture NZ
diploma in acupuncture (London)
diploma in acupuncture (China)
post-graduate certificate in Chinese herbal medicine (UK)
ACC treatment provider
Your First Visit and fees

On your first visit a full medical history will be taken, and an Osteopathic examination made. Either Osteopathy or Acupuncture (or both) can be given, depending on your preference.

When receiving treatment from an Osteopath you benefit from seeing a musculoskeletal specialist and the consultation will be similar to that of any registered medical practitioner. You receive a more personal and thorough treatment in a more relaxing and less stressful environment.

A detailed case history is taken, how your symptoms began, what affects them, health problems, accidents or injuries, medications, surgeries and lifestyle habits. Neurological, orthopaedic, cardiovascular etc examinations may also be performed, where relevant. Osteopathic evaluation of your body's biomechanics (structure, posture and physical movements) would then conclude the examination, leading to a diagnosis. Diagnosis, clinical findings and an appropriate treatment plan with projected recovery will be explained and discussed.

For your first consultation it is helpful if you bring with you any medical reports, X-rays or current medication. Also please wear loose fitting clothing, or bring shorts to change into.

No GP referral is required for ACC. I can register an accident for you with ACC.

Weekday daytime private patient: Osteopathy or Acupuncture, or both: $80
Weekday daytime ACC top-up fee: $50
Weekday daytime ACC surcharge for children (under 18), full-time Students (under 25): $40.

After-Hours: private patient: Osteopathy or Acupuncture, or both: $90
After-Hours: ACC surcharge: Osteopathy or Acupuncture, or both: $60

After-Hours: ACC surcharge: Osteopathy or Acupuncture, or both, for children (under 18) full-time Students (under 22): $50.

After-Hours means any appointment at 5.30pm or later on any weekday, and any appointment on a weekend or public holiday.

For your payment, we accept:

Internet bank transfers - preferably BEFORE your treatment.

These fees offer exceptional value for money for a highly experienced practitioner, after-hours service, real time internet bookings (you can easily choose the appointment time that suits you best, and book in yourself online)

You also benefit from a treatment time of 30 - 40 minutes. Also, if requested you can receive Acupuncture in addition to Osteopathy (with no additional fee).

Medical insurance can often cover Osteopathy fees.

Acupuncture, if requested, and Traditional Chinese Medical diagnosis are offered at no extra cost (no extra charge for acupuncture needles).

Private medical insurance can often reimburse fees.

If you require a medical report, or an ACC 32 application for extended ACC treatments, or any other letters (e.g. to WINZ) or a report for your insurance company, the fee for this is $50.

There is however no additional fee, other than the $50 ACC treatment surcharge, for making a New ACC claim for you for your treatment.

There is no charge for changing or cancelling an appointment. However a $50 cancellation fee may be charged for failing to attend, changing or cancelling an appointment at less than 4 hours notice.

Osteopathy treats the body as a whole. Osteopathy is a hands-on treatment that involves soft-tissue release, cranial-sacral (cranial osteopathy) techniques, articulation and gentle manipulation of the spine and its extremities to improve alignment and posture and allow the body to return to good health.

Osteopathy treats a range of health issues including acute pain from injury and trauma, and chronic pain from occupational stress and repetitive strains. Other conditions, such as headaches, migraines, asthma, and high blood pressure may all have a structural component, and can respond to Osteopathic Treatment.

Cranial Osteopathy is the most gentle and relaxing of all treatment. Lightly holding the head and allowingslight changes to occur within the movement of the cerebrospinal fluid that nourishes the brain and spinal cord, profound and far reaching changes can occur in the body's function and homeostasis.

Visceral Osteopathy treats restriction and/or dysfunction of the body's viscera or internal organs. This subtle, yet effective aspect of treatment comes from French Osteopathic tradition. Although Osteopathy begins with structural and orthopaedic diagnosis (musculoskeletal) it doesn't end there.

Visceral Osteopathy looks for restrictions (even adhesions) within the mobility of the viscera, ligaments and associated fascia. There may be related symptoms, referred pain patterns, associated (referred) muscle and joint pain, and altered function (less than ideal function) of the viscera themselves, with issues such as irritable bowel, fatigue, or diffuse (seemingly unrelated) pain patterns.

Whilst this gentle manipulation and soft-tissue release of the viscera can be important, one also should not forget that all viscera also need a nerve supply. This is both sympathetic and parasympathetic. Any spinal lesions (subluxations) which could effect or compromise optimum innervation function should also be addressed. In other words, there is also a place for Traditional Osteopathy - or at least some attention to the vertebral column and spinal nerves.

Acupuncture works with single-use disposable needles inserted at or just below the skin. The scientific basis of how acupuncture is related to changes in blood flow, which can promote soft-tissue healing. Acupuncture can also affect the nervous system (e.g. gate-control theory of pain) and neurotransmitter, endorphins, and serotonin levels can all be influenced.

Traditional (Chinese Medicine) clinical paradigms of how acupuncture works developed over thousands of years of empirical clinical observation and refinement, and describe changes in physiological processes and homeostasis in different language.

These Traditional Acupuncture concepts, models and explanations (qi and blood, five phases, yin and yang polarity, etc) can provide a good working model of whole body processes, mechanisms and inter-relationships.

Acupuncture does far more than treat joint and muscle pain, headaches etc. Emotional balance and stress-related symptoms, and many health issues, e.g. digestion, asthma, skin disorders, and both Women's and Men's Health can all benefit.

Traditional Acupuncture treats the person - the whole body, not just the illness or isolated symptoms.
More info http://www.christchurch-osteopathy-acupuncture.co.nz/testimonials.html
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