Osteopathy can be used to treat many different conditions it's not just for backs! Please see the Home Page for a list of some conditions we can treat. I consider the muscles, joints, ligaments, bones and visceral organs when examining, making a diagnosis and deciding on the type of treatments which will be most beneficial.
I work holistically so I look at the person as an indiviual, taking into account their age, health, lifestyle etc and tailor the treatment to fit them. I use a variety of techniques which include massage, mobilisation, manipulation, visceral and cranial.
I will try to get to the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms. I will look at your lifestyle, exercise or lack of it, occupation, posture and diet. By making changes in one or all of these factors you may prevent the pain returning or reduce the symptoms and pain.
Exercises can be a valuable addition to the osteopathic treatment you receive. They can stretch or strengthen muscles which you may have been under over or over-using and may have injured. I will go through exercises which I think will be useful for you and can email you a copy of the exercise plan containing description and photos of the exercises. They can be printed out if you wish. I also sometimes suggest you using resistance bands to use with your exercises and I have some to sell should you need them.
Cranial Osteopathy for children and adults
Cranial Osteopathy is a very gentle form of osteopathic treatment, during which the osteopath uses very light pressure. It can be helpful for people of all ages but because it is so gentle and subtle is especially suitable for babies. The skull is made up of 26 small interlocking bones. During the birth process the soft bones in the baby's skull overlap to make the head smaller. Some babies are born with odd shaped heads but this is usually undone through the processes of feeding, crying and yawning. Sometimes this moulding is retained. Osteopaths believe that the structure of the body is related to its ability to function. Therefore if the framework of the body is unbalanced then its functioning will be impaired. Osteopaths look at the whole picture and will take into account many factors when making their assessment, which includes looking at past trauma, family history and their environment.
Cranial osteopathy may help by relaxing and soothing your baby. Some patients may feel sleepy after the treatment others have a burst of energy often followed by a good night’s sleep. I have attended several post-graduate training courses at The Sutherland Cranial College, learning new treatments and approaches for babies, children and pre- and post pregnancy.
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Osteopathy for pregnancy
Women’s bodies are wonderful at adapting to the changes in structure which affect the female body during pregnancy. The hormone Relaxin, which is produced by the placenta during pregnancy, increases the elasticity of the ligaments and soft connective tissue. This increases the flexibility of the spinal and pelvic joints and allows for the expansion of the surrounding ligaments in preparation for the delivery of the baby. Some women do experience pain and discomfort in their back, groin, buttock or leg, often called sciatica, which osteopathy can help with. I can help with advice regarding posture and exercise, both during and after pregnancy. It is advisable to return for a check-up for the baby and mother following the delivery.
Women may experience pain and discomfort post-natally. This may be due to their position whilst feeding and carrying the baby. Osteopathy can help to reduce aches and pains, and exercises can help to retrain the muscles and ligaments. I can help with giving manual therapy, as well as providing health information and self-management advice and support.
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