The practice is open at the usual times (see below). Appointments can be made by phoning 03 356 1353 or by using the e-bookings page. Out of hours appointments are often available. These can only be made by phone on the same day.

About the osteopath

Hi, my name is Philip Bayliss. I have  been an osteopath for 32 years, having graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1986. I established St Albans Osteopathy in Christchurch in 2004. I have a caring and holistic approach to osteopathy with a high degree of sensitivity, and my treatments are very gentle and painless. This combination of experience and sensitivity can help you achieve a fast recovery. Please feel free to phone me and ask any questions you may have, including whether I may be able to help you. You will always receive your treatment from myself, and never from a junior or locum osteopath. I can help you register a new ACC claim if you have been injured by an accident.

Osteopathic treatment

At your first consultation I will take your history and examine you, including any osteopathic, orthopaedic and neurological tests needed. I use observation and a highly developed sense of touch to diagnose and treat the underlying causes of your condition. If needed, you will be referred for an x-ray or ultrasound scan. The images will be shown to you and any relevant findings discussed. You will receive a full osteopath treatment at your first consultation.

I use a wide range of techniques, including gentle manipulation, cranial osteopathy (cranio-sacral therapy), activator technique, massage and vibrato-massage. The underlying causes of your condition are treated, not just "the painful spot". Every osteopath treatment is different and is designed specifically for the persons needs at that time. I may give advice on exercises, posture, diet, supplements and medicines to help you manage your condition, speed recovery and to avoid future problems.

The number of treatments you need will depend on the nature of your condition, your age, whether you have arthritis etc. Most people have between one and six osteopath treatments. You may feel a bit worse the next day due if inflamed tissues have been treated. However, because your body is now better aligned and function is improved, the inflammation will start to reduce and you should feel significantly better the following day, and continue improving after that. You are welcome to bring a support person with you. Cloths are usually worn during treatment, thin ones are best.

Opening Hours:

Monday: 8.30-11.00; 3.30-6.00

Tuesday: 8.30-11.00; 3.30-6.00

Wednesday: out of hours appointments may be available

Thursday: 8.30-11.00; 3.30-6.00

Friday: 8.30-11.00; 3.30-6.00

Saturday: out of hours appointments may be available

Sunday: closed

Consultation Fees

Private Consultation

Adult : $85

Child: $70

ACC Consultation

Adult: $65

Child : $50

The fee is the same for both the initial and subsequent appointments. The child rate applies to babies, children and full-time students under 25. Please pay by either cash, cheque or on-line banking, on the same day as your appointment or in advance. The practice does not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities. If you have Southern Cross insurance that covers osteopathy, and you give Philip your easy-claim number, he can then obtain payment from them on-line, and you may not need to pay anything. Please do not use text messages to book, cancel or change the time of your appointment.

The account number is: 38-9015-0459106-00, and the account name is: P A J Bayliss.

Late cancellations and missed appointments

It would be appreciated if you would give as much notice as possible if you want to cancel or reschedule your osteopath appointment, as someone else may need that appointment. There is no fee for rescheduling provided that you keep the new appointment. If you cancel the same day as your appointment or miss an appointment, there is a fee of $50.

Find St Albans Osteopathy


Philip Bayliss, Registered Osteopath, 43 Thames Street, St Albans, Christchurch, NZ. ☎️03 356 1353