Osteopathy

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. We are proud to be able to provide a platform within central Christchurch for Jude and the group to continue plying and growing their network of in-depth skills.

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Jude is an experienced
structural Osteopath.

Jude 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…

Jude 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 encourages questions with the aim of furthering a patient’s understanding of their presenting complaint. Jude is also an ACC registered practitioner and treats a range of acute to chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

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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…

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 aid healing and help prevent reoccurrence.

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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.
  • Is holistic in nature, and takes in all facets of a patient’s problem, addressing factors that can be changed both in and out of the treatment room.

Osteopathy FAQs

  • Initial consultations and treatments take approximately 45 minutes. Subsequent appointments take approximately 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Yes. Please bring any x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans or any other test results that are applicable to your initial consultation.
  • It’s 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.
  • You don’t 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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