The Ultimate Guide to Osteopathy in Hong Kong

Looking for an osteopath in Hong Kong? Healthy Matters brings you a comprehensive guide with all the details you need.

Methodology: This guide does not aim to be exhaustive. It is informative only and based on our independent research. No practitioner or clinic paid any fees or rendered any services in exchange for inclusion in this article.

What is osteopathy?

Osteopathy is a type of alternative medicine. It is based on the principle that the bone, muscle, ligament, and connective tissue functionality of an individual determine one’s well-being. In order to provide a suitable treatment for you, osteopaths will make a diagnosis through a comprehensive physical evaluation and according to your medical history, lifestyle as well as diet. Osteopathic treatment involves physical manipulation, stretching, and massaging of muscles and joints. Such approaches aim to enhance mobility, reduce tension, improve blood circulation, and heal the body. Osteopaths may include some conventional medical techniques, which are not always scientifically based. Medications and surgeries generally are not part of the treatment.

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What to know about osteopaths in Hong Kong?

The number of osteopaths has increased significantly in Hong Kong in the last decade. Currently, there are over 40 osteopaths practicing in Hong Kong, compared to only 5 in 2008.

Dr. Damien Mouellic, the co-founder of the Stanley Wellness Centre, founded the Hong Kong Osteopathic Association (HKOA) in 2012. “The mission of the association is to promote the profession and to inform the Hong Kong public on the benefits of osteopathic medicine. To do so, we ensure that all members meet the required standard of professional education, that there are covered by adequate malpractice insurance and that they adhere to the code of conduct. The association was also created the provide the framework towards a registered profession.”

The government now requires that all new osteopaths in Hong Kong become members of HKOA to get a work visa. You can view the list of practitioners under the HKOA here. It is important to note, that not all osteopaths in Hong Kong are members of the association and the qualifications vary worldwide ranging from 3-year diplomas to a doctorate master’s degree.

According to Mouellic, the Hong Kong government has suggested a pilot registration scheme, however, funding and resources to complete this extensive process have made it a challenge to secure a full-time functioning board to further legitimise practitioners in this field.

Check out the article on Regulation & Registration of Healthcare Professionals in Hong Kong: How to Know if You are in Safe Hands for more information on regulated professions.

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Most common reasons to see an osteopath

Many people seek osteopathic care to improve conditions concerning the bones, muscles and joints, for example:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain and elbow pain (e.g. tennis elbow)
  • Arthritis
  • Pelvis, hips and legs issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle and joint pain related to work, pregnancy, etc.

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Osteopathy vs. chiropractic: what’s the difference?

While osteopathy may treat a wider variety of conditions, chiropractic tends to focus on the muscles and joints. Chiropractic also emphasises more on the spine’s alignment, whereas osteopathy pays attention to the whole body’s structure. In addition, osteopaths usually reach a diagnosis relying on physical examinations, but chiropractors often make use of a range of tools including X-ray imaging and MRI.

Check out our articles about Chiropractic below:
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How much does it cost to see an osteopath in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong and as with all other health practitioners, the cost of an osteopathic session varies depending, amongst other things, on the location. Our research shows that an initial session on Hong Kong Island can range from about $1,380 to $2,100 for 1 hour. The cost of a subsequent session sometimes can be cheaper and depends on the duration of each session, which lasts around 30 to 60 minutes. Packages may be offered by some clinics.

* All amounts are in HKD and were last updated on 11 September, 2020. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.

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Lists of osteopaths in Hong Kong

So far there is no osteopath in the public healthcare sector. To make it easier for you, here is a list of some osteopaths and clinics providing osteopathic care in Hong Kong’s private sector:

Osteopaths in Hong Kong Island

Central Healing
Mr. Jonine Nash; Mr. Peter Fishman; Mr. Stephen Watts
Address: 16/FL, the [email protected], 43 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central
Phone: 3426 3460

Central Health Medical Practice
Mr. Louis-Adrien Ollu

Address: 3/F, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street, Central
Phone: 2666 6300

Central Wellness
Mr. Damien Mouellic; Mr. Guillaume Giroud
Address: 6/F, On Lan Centre, 15 On Lan Street, Central
Phone: 2866 0287

City Osteopathy
Mr. Benjamin Lai; Ms. Diana Cheng; Ms. Julia Santos
Address: Suite 1401, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Phone: 2151 4795

Cosman Health Group
Mr. Thomas Fan

Address: 1A Wing Cheong Com Building, 19-25 Jervios Street, Sheung Wan
Phone: 2975 4114

Dr Susan Jamieson Integrative Medical Practice
Ms. Claire Royer
Address: Asia Standard Tower, Unit 1300-1302, 59-65 Queen’s Road, Central
Phone: 2523 8044

Hong Kong Sports Clinic
Mr. Taras Makarenko

Address: 4/F, 10 Pottinger Street, Central
Phone: 3709 2846

IMI
Mr. Jonathan Vallade; Mr. Victor Bourdeau
Address: 17/F, Kailey Tower, 16 Stanley Street, Central
Phone: 2523 7121

Joint Dynamics
Ms. Juliette Camille Dutois

Address: 12/F Dorset House, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay
Phone: 2762 0528

OT&P Central
Mr. Jean-Christophe Monnerville
Address: 5/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Phone: 2521 3181

OT&P Repulse Bay
Mr. Jean-Christophe Monnerville
Address: G205, the Repulse Bay, 109 Repulse Bay Road
Phone: 2813 1978

OT&P Wanchai
Ms. Florence Leo; Mr. Jean-Christophe Monnerville
Address: Unit 1501, Shui On Centre, 8 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
Phone: 2824 9112

Stanley Wellness
Mr. Alessio Savona; Mr. Damien Mouellic; Mr. Guillaume Giroud; Ms. Julia Santos
Address: G/F, 120 Stanley Main Street, Stanley Market, Stanley
Phone: 2372 9700

The Clarke Clinic
Ms. Camilla Capon; Ms. Charlotte Goodwin; Ms. Jennie Yiu; Mr. Phillip Clarke
Address: Unit 1005, 10/F, Kinwick Centre, 32 Hollywood Road, Central
Phone: 2815 8864

The London Medical Clinic
Mr. Alessio Savona
Address: 9/F, ​No.1 Duddell Street, Central
Phone: 2537 6898

The Round Clinic
Mr. Alastair Sherlock; Ms. Ines De Beer
Address: Unit 1227-28, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang
Phone: 2648 2612

Vitality Center
Ms. Fleur Denis; Mr. Henry Donald
Address: 9/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central
Phone: 2537 1118

Osteopaths in Kowloon & New Territories

APA Wellness Services
Mr. Falcone Tseng
Address: Room 1001, 10/F, Ka Lok Building, 720-722 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Phone: 2991 4686

Osteo & Co
Ms. Audrey Lafond
Address: Shop 37, 1/F, Corinthia by the Sea, 23 Tong Yin Street, Tseung Kwan O
Phone: 2884 1180

OT&P Clearwater Bay
Ms. Florence Leo
Address: 1/F, Razor Hill Dairy Farm Shopping Centre, Clearwater Bay Road
Phone: 2719 6366

Does insurance usually cover osteopathic consultations and treatments?

According to health insurance experts at AD MediLink, local medical coverage may cover osteopathic care but you should be cautious of coverage sub-limits. Most international insurance plans cover alternative medicines including osteopathy. Depending on the plan and insurer, a GP referral letter may be required to receive reimbursement. If you need health insurance advice, contact an expert at AD MediLink at [email protected], or call 2606 2668.

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