Philip studied at the British School of Osteopathy, the oldest and largest osteopathic college or course outside of the USA, graduating in 1986. The four year full-time course included the study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, embryology, neurology, paediatrics, orthopaedics, rheumatology and psychology to a similar standard as medical schools plus the principals, theory, techniques and clinical practice of osteopathy. Before graduating as an osteopath, Philip did over 1000 hours of supervised consultations with real patients in the BSO Clinic. While he was a student, Philip had a special interest in, and did extra clinics in: sports injuries, orthopaedics, pregnancy and the care of babies and children.
In the last 28 years Philip has treated tens of thousands of patients providing Philip with a high degree of sensitivity and a huge data base of practical knowledge and understanding resulting in fast and powerful recovery. Philip has undertaken postgraduate studies at leading osteopathy colleges in advanced manipulative techniques, functional technique, neuromuscular technique, fascial release technique, harmonic technique, muscle energy technique, clinical kinesiology, activator methods, visceral osteopathy and cranial osteopathy (the Sutherland Cranial Teaching Foundation course at the BSO).
Every year Philip participates in more than 35 hours of osteopaths professional development courses and regularly attends peer group meetings in Christchurch. Philip has full registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand under the General Osteopathic Scope of Practice. Philip has had an interest in naturopathy and holistic medicine since 1975 and keeps up to date by attending conferences, seminars and workshops in New Zealand and overseas. He often prescribes nutritional supplements, herbs and homoeopathic remedies to his patients. He became a certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher in 1984. On graduating, Philip worked for a year with Richard Holding, a well known cranial osteopath and clinical kinesiologist. In 1987 Philip established Agincourt Osteopathy in Monmouth in the Wye Valley, where he was principal osteopath until 1997. Philip then immigrated to New Zealand, and became a NZ citizen in 2001. Philip established Wanganui East Osteopathy in Wanganui in 1997 and St Albans Osteopathy in Christchurch in 2004. St Albans Osteopathy is located in a beautiful house in a quiet road, and has some of the lowest fees in Chch, with no larger fee for the first consultation.
Osteopaths are highly skilled in diagnosing and giving manual therapy or treatment to the underlying causes of pain in the body. At your first consultation Philip will take your history and examine you. He takes the whole person into account, and you will receive a full assessment, including a biomechanical analysis and any osteopathic, orthopaedic and neurological tests needed. Most back pain, neck pain, limb pain and headaches are due to sprains and dysfunction of the spine, joints and muscles. Chronic pain can involve 'tissue memory' in which trauma leaves an impression in the tissues and the nervous system arranges itself around that impression. Sometimes the body will compensate for an injury so that the pain disappears, only to return, sometimes years later, when the compensation breaks down. This occurs when additional stressors compromise the bodies compensatory abilities. Philip uses observation and his highly developed sense of touch to seek out the smallest changes in tissue memory, compensation breakdown, muscular tension and joint mobility. You will be referred for an x-ray or an ultrasound scan if needed. The results of these investigations will be discussed with you. You will receive a full osteopath treatment at your first consultation unless you have a problem that can't be helped by osteopath treatment, in which case you will be referred to a suitable practitioner. You will always receive your treatment from Philip himself, and never from locum osteopaths, associate osteopaths or junior osteopaths with little or no experience. Philip only works at St Albans Osteopathy and is available to personally answer any questions you have.
underlying causes of your pain are treated, not just "the painful
spot". Philip uses a wide range of techniques, including gentle
manipulation, cranial osteopathy (cranio-sacral therapy), and soft
tissue techniques such as massage in order to optimise the functioning
of the body and enable the innate self-healing ability of the body to do
its work. Philip sometimes uses electro-acupuncture to help reduce
muscle spasm and inflammation (without the pain and of infection risk
from using needles). All the techniques that Philip uses are gentle and
are never painful or frightening. Every osteopath treatment is different and
is designed specifically for the needs of the patient at that time.
Philip may give advice on exercises, posture, diet and home remedies to
help you manage pain, speed recovery and to avoid future problems. This
caring and holistic approach to treatment can help you and your family
achieve the highest possible level of health and well-being at any time
Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you are late and someone else is waiting your appointment may be a bit shorter. Initial appointments are usually last between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of your problem. Subsequent appointments are usually 20 to 30 minutes. These times include the time spent talking. The number of osteopath treatments someone needs depends on the severity of the injury, the age of the person, whether they have arthritis etc. Most people have between one and six osteopath treatments. People sometimes (but not always) feel a bit worse the day after treatment. Usually this is very mild. Very occasionally it lasts two days. This is due to treatment of inflamed tissues, which is sometimes necessary to obtain normal function and speed up the healing process. It is a good idea to have a little extra water after treatment and not to do too much exercise, to allow the effects of the treatment to work through your body. Most people feel an improvement from their first consultation, though sometimes it may take longer. Philip will not sign you up to a long course of treatments, ask for payment in advance, try to convince you to have more treatments than you actually need, or scare you with the dire effects of not having osteopath treatment. You can discontinue treatment at any time. You are welcome to bring your own support person or translator. Sometimes a patient may be asked if they would mind removing an item of clothing to allow visual examination and hands on treatment. Underwear is never removed, and if you would rather not remove any item, please mention it. This is never a problem, and it is always still possible to receive effective osteopath treatment. Shoes are not worn on the treatment table and head pillows are never used for the lower body. If you have any specific needs because of your culture or beliefs, please mention them.
more information on osteopathy, please see the page:
It has a definition of osteopathy, describes the basic concept and
principals of osteopathy, describes the difference between
osteopathy, physiotherapy and chiropractic and lists the latest
describes the fascinating story of osteopathy, including the present
situation in NZ.