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Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions.

Working in partnership with Osteopathy Works

Jude Harley practices his trade alongside Osteopathy Works, a Southland group, who we are proud to be able provide a platform within central Christchurch for Jude and the group to continue plying and growing their network of indepth skills.
Jude is a structural Osteopath, who has recently moved to Christchurch to be closer to family, previously enjoying the last four years practicing in Southland with the greater Osteopathy Works team.  Working from the founding principle that the body is a unit, his treatment approach uses knowledge of how different regions of the body interact with one another as a basis to identify dysfunction.

Jude utilises a range of Manual Therapy techniques including joint manipulation, myofascial release, alongside more gentle indirect approaches to remove barriers that are limiting the body’s capacity to restore normal function. He strongly believes that a patient should be involved in their recovery, and encourage questions with the aim of furthering a patients understanding of their presenting complaint. Jude is also an ACC registered practitioner and treats a range of acute to chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Appointments can be made online direct via the Osteopathy Works website here: https://www.osteopathyworks.co.nz/

Not sure what Osteopathy is, or how it can assist you? Keep reading…

What should I expect during an Osteopathic treatment?

An initial case history is taken to discuss your presenting complaint, a relevant medical history is also taken in order to diagnose and treat effectively. A diagnosis of the presenting complaint is made. Occasionally, if required, you may be referred to another medical professional specific to your needs.  A physical examination will be conducted to help diagnose and identify restrictions in the body. Osteopathic techniques targeted to your problem will be used to help facilitate the healing process. During the course of treatment you may be given advice on such things as lifestyle changes, as well as exercise and stretches to help healing and prevention of reoccurrence.

What are the main differences between an Osteopath and a Chiropractor?

The main difference is in the philosophies behind each modality and how individual techniques are applied. In general Osteopathic treatment:

  • Focuses on the whole body, not just the spine.
  • Uses many manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue massage, stretching and spinal manipulation (if required).
  • Lasts for around 30 minutes.
  • The holistic nature of the treatment takes in all facets of a patient’s problem, and addresses factors that can be changed both in and out of the treatment room.

How long does a treatment last?

Initial consultation and treatment approximately 45 minutes. Subsequent appointments approximately 30 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments required very much comes down to the individual and their particular injury or discomfort. Some complaints can be treated in one visit, and many in just two or three appointments, however others require more. In general the longer the particular injury or discomfort has been present the longer it will take to resolve. Our aim is to get you healthy and independent.

How will I feel after treatment?

Occasionally you may be more aware of your symptoms for a short time following treatment. This is due to the release of chemicals that can stimulate the nervous system. This is a normal response and will resolve within 24-48 hours. It may also help to drink plenty of water to dilute these chemical toxins and help expel them from the body.

How effective is Osteopathic treatment?

Medical studies over recent years have consistently shown osteopathy to be less expensive, use fewer drugs and have higher patient satisfaction than conventional medical care for back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain.

Is Osteopathic treatment safe?

The risks associated with osteopathic treatment are very low, particularly when compared with the risks associated with taking pain relieving medications that are readily available in pharmacies and supermarkets.

Should I bring my x-rays with me?

Yes. Please bring any x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans or any other test results that are applicable to your initial consultation.

What should I wear to see an Osteopath?

It is important for the osteopath to be able to accurately diagnose and treat your problem, and being able to palpate the body during a consultation is a very important part of this process. The osteopath will only ask you to remove clothing necessary for the consultation. For female clients, wear clothing you are comfortable being examined with, a comfortable bra and bike shorts are perfect for treatment.

Do I need a referral?

You do not need a referral from a general practitioner to receive osteopathic treatment, ACC claims can be initiated by your Osteopath. Please discuss whether your particular injury is eligible for ACC subsidy with your Osteopath.

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