Philip Bayliss graduated in 1986 from the British School of Osteopathy. His 27 years experience as an osteopath treating tens of thousands of patients has resulted in a broad range of knowledge and an understanding of every type of condition, and his highly developed sensitivity means that he can diagnose the underlying cause of your pain without extensive painful tests and you will get a rapid improvement in your symptoms. Philip has a reputation for treating difficult cases. He studied cranial osteopathy (cranio-sacral therapy) with the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation in the UK. He is a frequent attendee of courses and meetings with other osteopaths in Christchurch and has full unconditional registration under the General Osteopathic Scope of Practice with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ), which regulates osteopaths in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA). In 1984 he qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Philip has had an interested in holistic medicine and naturopathy since 1975 and "walks the talk”, giving any lifestyle and nutritional advice he gives authenticity. Philip emigrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1997, and started an osteopathy practice in Wanganui. In 2004 he moved to Christchurch and started St Albans Osteopathy. Philip is married with a small boy and enjoys both the cultural activities available in Christchurch and the beautiful countryside around Christchurch. All treatment at St Albans Osteopathy is given by Philip, never from locum or junior associate osteopaths. Philip only works at the one location and will be able to answer any queries that you may have. His fees are some of the lowest in Christchurch, and he doesn't charge extra for the first consultation.
At your first consultation, your history will be taken and Philip will examine you. Philip take your whole being into account, and you will receive a full assessment, including any osteopathic, neurological and orthopaedic tests needed and a bio-mechanical analysis. Philip is highly skilled in diagnosing the underlying causes of pain in the body. Neck pain, back pain, joint pain and headaches are often caused by sprains and dysfunction of the joints of the spine and limbs, and incorrect muscle tone. Sometimes the symptoms of an injury will disappear, but in fact the injury is still there, but the body has compensated for it. This is sometimes called "tissue memory". If the person later experiences so may stressors that it can no longer compensate for them, then the original symptoms may return. Philip finds these dysfunctions and old injuries by his highly developed sense of touch and observation, through which he can detect the tiniest changes in joint mobility and muscle tension. If needed, he may refer you directly for an ultrasound scan or x-ray. If so, he will be discuss the results with you. Philip specialises in treating the underlying causes of your pain, and doesn't just treat "the painful spot". At your first consultation you will receive a full osteopath treatment unless your problem can't be helped by osteopath treatment, in which case Philip will refer you to a more suitable practitioner. Every osteopath treatment is subtly different as every person is different and the mechanics of the body change after each osteopath treatment. He uses a variety of techniques such as soft tissue (including massage), cranial osteopathy and gentle manipulation. The aim is to optimise the functioning of the body. This enables the bodies self-healing ability to do its work. Philip only uses gentle osteopath techniques and they are never frightening or painful. If at any time you are don't feel comfortable or would like an explanation of what he is doing, please let the Philip know. You can stop treatment at any time. Philip has a caring and holistic approach to osteopath treatment and often gives advice on posture, exercises, home remedies and diet to help you recover more quickly, manage pain, prevent another episode and to help you obtain the highest possible level of well-being and health. Philip would like to request that you arrive by your appointment time. If you are late your appointment may be shorter if someone else is waiting.
You may be asked if you would mind taking off an item of clothing to allow examination and soft tissue treatment. You won't be asked to remove underwear. Please mention it if there are any items you would like to keep on. This is always fine and your osteopath treatment will still be effective. People need different numbers of osteopath treatments, depending on the type of injury, their age, how long they have had the problem etc. Between one and five osteopath treatments is most common. It is normal to feel a little bit worse the day after treatment (but not always). This is because it is sometimes necessary to treat inflamed tissues. Usually people feel an marked improvement after their first osteopath consultation. Philip recommends that you drink more water than usual after treatment, and only do gentle exercise. If your symptoms are severe it is best to rest. This enables your body to recover and process the changes brought about by your treatment.