Consulting practice


...for your troubling chronic or acute musculoskeletal pain, like headache, migraine, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and injuries, pregnancy related pelvic pain, the 'arthritis' of back or neck pain that you thought or were told 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 healthcare clinician

Consultation and care for a more comfortable, capable life.

Accurate diagnosis, effective, informed self-reliance, appropriate investigation and referral as required, and reduced need for analgesic or anti-inflammatory medication, specialised manual care and treatment

Primary consultation or second opinion and review?


  • Assessment and examination of your neuro-musculoskeletal symptoms and pain
  • Critical re-evaluation of your treatment, progress and prognosis (second opinion)
  • Review or implement digital x-ray (CR), MRI, sonographic imaging, other clinical tests and findings
  • Provide the understanding and insight for you to better manage problems and/or pain independently
  • Manual treatment techniques and manipulative care as indicated, appropriately, evidentially and selectively
  • Engage with other medical and healthcare professionals in order to assist you



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Introducing Dr Christopher McGrath, consultant at Country Practice


Christopher's 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.

In August 2022, his research items attracted 12,000 reads on the academic platform ResearchGate with 211 identified citations and 3000 full-text reads.

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. Publications and related activities and he 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 was 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 uniquely holds 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), having initially trained as an osteopath at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London.

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. Formally an osteopath registered under the HPCA Act, he retired from osteopathic practice to consult in non-invasive and manual musculoskeletal healthcare.

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.