The practice is open at the usual times (see below). Appointments can be made by phone (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 may need depends on the severity of your condition, your age, whether you have arthritis etc. Most people have between one and six osteopath treatments. You will probably start improving from your first osteopath treatment, though you may feel a bit worse the day after treatment and then feel significantly better the following day, and continue improving. It is a good idea to drink plenty of water after treatment and not to do too much exercise, to allow damaged tissue to repair. 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: 8.30-11.00, 3.00-6.00

Tuesday: 4.00-6.00

Wednesday: 8.30-11.00, 3.00-6.00

Thursday: 4.00-6.00

Friday: 8.30-11.00, 3.00-6.00

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