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At reception an information form for our records will be given to you to fill in. Before any treatment commences, the osteopath takes a case history from you. Following this you will be informed of what will happen next, which will involve a physical assessment followed by a treatment.

What do I need to bring?

You can bring a list of medications, x-ray/MRI/scan results if relevant. If your claim has already been lodged with ACC, please bring either your ACC45 or your acceptance letter from ACC .

Do all the osteopaths at Moorhouse Osteopathic provide ACC treatments?

No. Stephen McCann and Caitlin Graves are our ACC providers at Moorhouse Osteopathic Centre.

Do I need a referral for ACC?

No you do not. The necessary paperwork can be done on your first visit.

If I come for ACC treatment what else do I need to know?

You need to be sure that you have a personal injury caused by an accident, otherwise your claim is likely to be turned down. If it is a new claim then paperwork needs to be completed so please arrive with enough time to do this before your appointment. If it is an existing claim please have your ACC45 or your acceptance letter from ACC.

Do I have to pay for ACC Treatment?

There is a partial surcharge for ACC treatment. If your claim is not accepted by ACC, you would be expected to pay the balance of the cost of a private consultation.

Will health insurance cover treatment?

Most insurers cover osteopathic treatment. You do need to check your policy to see if it includes that, or ring your insurance company to find out. A GST receipt can be issued when needed. If your policy is held with Southern Cross, we can now offer their Easy-Claim service. More information about this can be found on their website.

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How do I pay and when?

Payment would be appreciated at the conclusion of each visit. You can pay by cash,cheque,eftpos,visa or mastercard. 

How many treatments will I need?

It is often not possible to give a correct number  of treatments required. However the osteopath can give an overview of this on their findings from the first visit and give a probable number of visits that may be required.

Will it hurt?

The osteopath will endeavour to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. At times techniques may be used that can cause discomfort. Your osteopath will ascertain your treatment needs, taking into consideration age and any relevant factors. You have the right to cease treatment at anytime.

Do I have to take my clothes off?

Some clothing may need to be removed for comfort of treatment and to get a correct physical assessment.

Is osteopathy registered?

All osteopaths who work in New Zealand are required to be registered with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ).  Every year osteopaths have to fulfil continuing education hours to receive a practicing certificate; this should be displayed, so that you can see it.

Will you click my neck or back?

Clicking or manipulating the spine is an option for treatment. However there are other techniques that can be used if you prefer not to be manipulated.

Do you only treat the spine?

Osteopathy treats the whole musculoskeletal system (muscles/bones) as well as the organs and cranium.

Do I need to bring somebody with me?

Generally it is not necessary but if you would prefer to bring a support person with you then that is fine. Children under 16 years are required by law to have a parent/care giver with them while treatment is in progress.

Do you have both male and female osteopaths?

At present we have 2 male and 1 female osteopaths.

Do you refer to other health professions?

Yes. It is our policy to get the best outcome for our patients and at times this requires referring them to other health professionals.

How much time will a treatment take?

Depending on the practitioner, the first treatment may take for an adult 30-45 minutes, children 15-30 minutes. For follow ups adults 20-30 minutes, children 15-30 minutes.

Can osteopathy help me?

Osteopathy is a holistic therapy which is not only helpful in treating painful joints but also for enhancing the bodies ability to heal itself. Please refer to what we treat. If you have any questions on whether osteopathy can help you, please phone and we will endeavour to answer your queries.