Consulting practice

...for your troubling chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain, such as headache, migraine, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and injuries, pregnancy related pelvic pain, the 'arthritis' and back or neck pain you thought you could do nothing about, referred and radicular pain, postural and occupational related pain, period pain, pain in your lower extremity, and even in the TMJ (jaw),

... the list of distressing musculoskeletal ailments, aches and pains goes on and on ... and so does the treatment. So how about trying to stop both? Or at least manage one effectively for yourself, and stop the other?

Seek assistance from a very experienced, highly credentialed musculoskeletal clinician, consulting osteopath

Consultation and care for a more comfortable, capable life, with the key aims of an accurate diagnosis, effective, informed self-reliance, appropriate investigation and referral as required, and reduced need for analgesic or anti-inflammatory medication.

Practice data (ACC, 2020)

Average number of 'treatments' per patient claim (2020): 2.45 (national average: 3.2)

Patient age group: 42% of patients are 61yrs or older (national average: 21%); 39% are between 41 - 60 yrs (national average: 40%); 16% are between 21 - 40 yrs (national average: 31%).

Primary consultation or second opinion and review?

  • Determine an accurate diagnosis and management of your neuro-musculoskeletal pain as efficiently and quickly as possible
  • Critical (re-)evaluation of your treatment, progress and prognosis (second opinion)
  • Review or implement digital x-ray (CR), MRI, sonographic imaging, other clinical tests (ie: conduction studies, lab results, reports)
  • Provide the understanding and insight for you to better manage problems and/or pain independently
  • Manual treatment techniques and manipulative care only as indicated, appropriately, evidentially and selectively
  • Engage with other medical and healthcare professionals, as well as with various institutions (ACC, Insurance) to assist you


When making an appointment you will be asked to declare if you have any cold or 'flu like symptoms. Contact tracing is operative so you may scan your device. Appointment scheduling has been adjusted to ensure there is sufficient time between appointments so that there is a reduced risk of patients encountering one another as they leave or arrive for an appointment. We thank you for adhering to your appointment time. Clinic surfaces will be appropriately sanitised between patients.

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Introducing Dr Christopher McGrath, consultant at Country Practice

As of June 2021, Christopher's research items attracted 9000 reads on the academic platform, ResearchGate.

His anatomical research, published osteopathic commentary and a range of other scientific and editorial articles have been published and cited around the World, from Spain to Japan, Canada to Eastern Europe, from the UK to Scandinavia, in a wide range of journals and book chapters: medical, rheumatological, surgical, neurosurgical, anaesthetic, physical therapy, orthopaedic surgery, forensic and humanitarian nursing, medical science, osteopathic medicine, neuroscience, and medical science.

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (England), member of the New Zealand Pain Society, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists and member of Friends of Science in Medicine (Australia), Christopher is well published in research and professional journals, see Publications and related activities and may be found on ResearchGate.

At the end of 2020, Dr Christopher received an Excellence in Teaching award from the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago for his contribution in the Department of Anatomy to the team teaching of clinical and functional anatomy into the postgraduate physiotherapy programme.

Active in part-time university lecturing at the University of Otago for the last 15 years, and formerly holding an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in Osteopathic Medicine at Victoria University, Melbourne, Christopher also acts as a Sentinel Reader for the Health Information Research Unit, Clinical Relevance Online Rating System of McMaster University in Canada, an established global centre of evidence-based medicine. He is a long standing member of the editorial advisory board for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (Int J Osteopath Med) and has been editorially involved with the Australasian Medical Journal, The Journal of Health Design, and The International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

A long serving member of the ACC Expert Panel that developed the New Zealand Acute Low Back Pain Management Guidelines, Christopher brings a deep understanding of rational best practice in the musculoskeletal domain. With greater than 30 years of clinical practice in NZ, UK and Australia, blended with research experience in anatomy, biomechanics and an all important focus on evidence-based practice, he is unique among NZ and Australian osteopaths in holding doctoral (PhD) and master (MSc) degrees (Anatomy) from the Otago University School of Medical Sciences in addition to postgraduate diplomas in Occupational Health Practice (Otago) and in Biomechanics (Bioengineering Unit, Strathclyde University, Glasgow).

Dr McGrath arrived in Dunedin in 1991 from the UK, and founded Dunedin Osteopathic Clinic. After twenty years of practice in central Dunedin, Christopher moved out to East Taieri to continue a smaller office practice. Outreach clinics held at Gore Hospital and then at West Otago Health (Tapanui) continued. Finally, after 30 years in Otago and Southland, Christopher moved with his wife Aeja, to Ashburton, Canterbury, where he practices currently.

Christopher has been a glider pilot and a PPL fixed-wing pilot of 25 years with multiple ratings and aircraft types, including aerobatics. He is a keen sportsman and has experienced more injuries and surgeries than one can shake a stick at. He is also a keen pianist and focused skeet shooter.