What should I expect from my first visit?
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.
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 .
No. Stephen McCann, Anne-Lise Girardin and Melanie Lous are our ACC providers at Moorhouse Osteopathic Centre.
No you do not. The necessary paperwork can be done on your first visit.
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.
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.
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.
Payment would be appreciated at the conclusion of each visit. You can pay by cash,cheque,eftpos,visa or mastercard. We can also offer the options of paywave and apple pay.
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.
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.
Some clothing may need to be removed for comfort of treatment and to get a correct physical assessment.
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.
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.
Osteopathy treats the whole musculoskeletal system (muscles/bones) as well as the organs and cranium.
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.
At present we have 2 male and 2 female osteopaths.
Yes. It is our policy to get the best outcome for our patients and at times this requires referring them to other health professionals.
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.
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.