osteopathy can help you!

Osteopathy is a form of manual medicine which focuses on the whole body, not just a set of symptoms. Because problems in the body’s musculo-skeletal framework (structure) can disturb the body’s functional system, maintenance of good mechanics is essential for optimal health. 

We examine, diagnose and treat you with our hands. When needed we can refer directly for bloods, X-rays and specialists. We are ACC registered, so no need to see a GP.

We keep it simply, correct the structural problem to improve the function of the body and you are happier and healthier. This is a fundamental difference in our approach and success with patients.

photos thanks to Geneve Sampson 2010 (body shots), Romain Mattei, 2011 (cat & monkey), tipstimes.com/preganacy & Antonio Canova, 2009

We can treat almost anything including

  • occupational/overuse injuries - tendonitis
  • chronic conditions
  • postural problems
  • headaches and migraine
  • whiplash
  • back and neck pain
  • muscular aches
  • pregnancy problems
  • joint problems - arthritis
  • sciatica
  • reflux, gastric and breathing complaints
  • sports injuries 
  • everyday maintenance

 

treating queenstown locals and visitors since 1999

find us

 

Queenstown Medical Centre

9 Isle Street

Queenstown, 9300

ph 03 441 1105  for appointments

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Hours

Anytime from 7am until 7pm depending on the day. Weekdays only.

Give reception a call, they will be happy to find a convenient time for you.

Pricing

First visit $60 ACC & $90 private. Regular visit $50 ACC & $80 private. Children/retired $10 less. Non residents $10 more.

the team

Queenstown Osteopathy is a fantastic working partnership between Samantha Wright & Katrina O'Neill.

sam wright

sam wright

Sam graduated in 2001 from the RMIT University osteopathy programme in Melbourne and has been practising ever since. She has worked as a lecturer and clinical tutor at the School of Osteopathy at Unitec, Auckland and an examiner at both Unitec and RMIT. Before studying osteopathy she obtained an honours degree (majoring in physiology) from Monash University.

She has been working in Queenstown for the past nine years and finds the people "incredibly proactive in maintaining good health". A keen mountain biker, climber, adventure racer and more recently BC skier, she knows all about the excitement of wanting to get out there and the risk of injuries and eagerness. She lives her philosophy "keep moving" and will do her best to keep her patients enjoying life.

Sam has a particular interest in vertigo, shoulders and hips, arthritic necks, long term postural problems and pregnancy issues. Sam is a problem solver, straight up and loves a challenge, both professionally and personally.


katrina O'neill

Katrina graduated in 1991 from the College of Osteopaths in London. She practised in the United Kingdom for nine years before moving to Queenstown in January 2000.

She particularly enjoys working with old, chronic injuries (and resolving them of course!). She likes to motivate patients to do more self-help exercise so they only need to see her occasionally for maintenance.

 


some questions!

What can I expect during the consult?

We like to be thorough. Your initial consultation will involve a full case history, examination and usually a treatment. In some instances we will conclude with advice, exercise prescription and a management plan.

We allocate 30 minute slots for your consultation and if your case is complicated, you can request a longer session, but you will be charged for this. Follow-up treatments are 30 minutes.

We offer a quality service and our approach to you and you health problem means that we often do not need to see you more than once a week. In some cases, especially "acute" conditions, we may request you come back in 72 hours. For long term and maintenance treatments, we may see patients anywhere from once a month to once a year, but this is dependent on the individual.

Is osteopathy covered by ACC?

We have a great scheme in New Zealand, whereby your treatment will be partly subsidised by ACC if you have an accident or injury in New Zealand. The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides comprehensive, no-fault personal injury cover for all New Zealand residents and visitors to New Zealand, but only if you have had an accident or injury or are on a current related ACC claim. Claims are only valid for a nominated time and/or number of treatments, so do check with us or ACC.

We are ACC providers, which means that if you hurt yourself as a result of an accident or injury, you can come directly to Queenstown Osteoapthy for treatment and we will fill in the paperwork with you and lodge your claim.

To find out more go to http://www.acc.co.nz

Do I need a GP referral?

We are trained as primary health care providers. That means there is no need to see a medical doctor before you come to see us.

We can initate an ACC claim directly. If you require referral (for an MRI, Ultrasound, x-ray and blood tests) or specialist treatment, we can arrange this.

Am I covered by health/travel Insurance?

We are unable to answer this as each Insurer is different. While some medical insurers cover the cost of osteopathic treatment, you will need to check with your insurer first. You will need to pay the full rate at the time of treatment and get re-imbursed from them. We do not bill the insurer direct, but rather you. It gets very complicated following up with International Insurance Companies.

Will I need to disrobe?

We suggest you wear appropriate undergarments and loose fitting clothing. There may be times during an examination, especially in the first consultation, when we can see your posture better if you have only your underwear on.  If you are at all uncomfortable with this, please let us know - it may not be necessary. Patient privacy and comfort are paramount.

Are you a regulated body?

We all need protection, even patients. The Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) was established by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003). This is a regulatory body whose purposes is to protect the health and safety of the general public. As a result, all registered osteopaths in New Zealand are deemed competent and fit to practise osteopathy. They must hold a current practice certificate to lawfully practice osteopathy, and these are renewed annually.

 

 

 

 

words from happy patients!

After years of headaches and medication, osteopathy has helped the most. I am headache free and only see Sam twice a year for maintenance
— J.P accountant Queenstown
I am in my seventies and have a hip replacement. Osteopathy has been fantastic in keeping me mobile and happy. I would not go anywhere else
— I.A Arrowtown, retired
Really great team. Had awesome treatment while on holiday. Sorted my neck. Cheers
— Australia GH 2012