About Philip Bayliss

Philip Bayliss has  been an osteopath for 31 years, having graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1986. He established St Albans Osteopathy in Christchurch in 2004. He has a caring and holistic approach to osteopathy with a high degree of sensitivity, and his treatments are very gentle and painless. This combination of experience and sensitivity can help you achieve a fast recovery. Please feel free to phone him and ask him any questions you have, including whether he may be able to help you. You will always receive your treatment from Philip, and never from a junior or locum osteopath. Philip can help you register a new ACC claim if you have been injured by an accident. Out-of-hours appointments are often available.

Treatment with Philip

At your first consultation Philip will take your history and examine you, including any osteopathic, orthopaedic and neurological tests needed. Philip uses observation and his 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 unless osteopathic treatment is not be appropriate, in which case you will be referred to a more suitable practitioner.

Philip uses 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. Philip 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 someone needs depends on the severity of your condition, your age, whether you have arthritis etc. Most people have between one and six osteopath treatments. Most people start improving from their first osteopath treatment, though you may feel a bit sore the day after treatment and then feel significantly better the following day. It is a good idea to drink plenty of water after treatment and not to do too much exercise, to allow the effects of the treatment to work through your body. You are welcome to bring your own support person with you. You may be asked if you would mind removing an outer layer of clothing to allow visual examination and hands on treatment. Underwear is always kept on. Please mention it if you prefer not remove any item, you will still receive effective treatment. If you have any specific needs, feel free to mention them.

Opening Hours

Monday: 8.30-12.00, 2.30-6.00

Tuesday: 8.30-12.00, 2.30-6.00

Thursday: 8.30-12.00, 2.30-6.00

Friday: 8.30-12.00, 2.30-6.00

Appointments outside the above hours are often available.

Appointments can be made in person, by phone or by using the form on the e-bookings page. Please do not use text messages to book, cancel or change the time of your appointment.

Consultation Fees

Private Consultation

Adult : $75

Child: $65

ACC Consultation

Adult: $45

Child : $40

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, Philip can invoice them direct if you bring your easy-claim card.

The account number is: 12-3634-0001754-00, and the account name is: St Albans Osteopathy.

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 charge of $45 for adults, $40 for children.

Find St Albans Osteopathy

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