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Developed by A.T. Still in 1870, Osteopathy is a primary healthcare system, complementary to other medical practices. It is regulated and recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
The heart of Osteopathic practice is based around clinical examination, whereby your symptoms are investigated with specific, relevant, special tests.
A diagnosis will be made based on you as a whole person, including any psychological and social factors that may well contribute to the symptoms being described. All consultations are handled with great professionalism and sensitivity and as a result can be quite lengthy. At the AldwickBury Clinic we usually spend around an hour with you to ensure a full and accurate diagnosis.
Osteopathy takes into account the mechanical and structural dysfunctional factors, which have caused the symptoms within the body. You may be surprised to learn that your dysfunction is located far from where the symptoms are presenting in the body.
Osteopaths primarily work through the neuro-musculo-skeletal system, mostly muscles and joints, with special attention to how the internal organs affect and are affected by that system. Osteopaths work alongside principles, one being that the body has its own healing mechanisms, which is utilised as part of the treatment.
Cranial osteopathy is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment that encourages the release of stress and tension throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle yet extremely effective approach and may be used in a wide range of conditions for people of all ages, from birth to old age.
Cranial osteopaths are trained to feel a very subtle, rhythmical shape change that is present in all body tissues. This is called the Involuntary Motion or the Cranial Rhythm. The movement is of very small amplitude; therefore it takes practitioners with a very finely developed sense of touch to feel it. Dr. William G. Sutherland first described this rhythm in the early 1900’s and its existence was confirmed in a series of laboratory tests in the 1960's and '70's.
When we experience physical or emotional stresses our body tissues tend to tighten up. Tension in the body disrupts the cranial rhythm. The body may have been able to adapt to these effects at the time, but a lasting strain often remains. Any tensions, which remain held in the body, can restrict its free movement. Gradually the body may find it more and more difficult to cope with accumulated stresses and symptoms may develop.
Using gentle touch to the skull and other areas of the body, practitioners compare what your rhythm is doing to what they consider ideal. This will highlight what stresses and strains your body is under at present, and what tensions it may be carrying as a result of it's past history. It also gives them an insight into the overall condition of your body, for example if it is healthy, or stressed and tired.
Studying for my Diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy, at the highly prestigious Osteopathic Centre for Children in Wandsworth has given me the specialist skills necessary to treat children and babies. I have treated a wide range of children with varied conditions, from the common cold to that of complitions as a result of prematurity and severe disability.
Whilst many people claim to have studied cranial osteopathy, few osteopaths have studied at this location, where by the experience, hours of hands on practice and 2 years of studying at a post-graduate level allows for a complex understanding of newborns and children up until the age of 16. To find our more about the OCC please visit; www.OCC.uk.com.
Since qualifying, I have continued to practice at the OCC as a volunteer on a weekly basis, working along side specialists in the paediatric field. This has allowed me to hone my skills and experience a greater understanding of neonates, children and teenagers.
It is a common belief that babies and children should have no structural stresses or strains in their bodies, because they are 'so young'. The reality is very different. Birth is one of the most stressful events of our lives. The baby is subjected to enormous forces as the uterus pushes to expel the baby against the natural resistance of the birth canal. The baby has to turn and twist as it squeezes through the bony pelvis, on its short but highly stimulating and potentially stressful journey.
The baby's head has the remarkable ability to absorb these stresses in a normal delivery. In order to reduce the size of the head, the soft bones overlap, bend and warp as the baby descends. The baby's chin is normally well tucked down towards its chest to reduce the presenting diameter of the head.
Many babies are born with odd shaped heads as a result. In the first few days, the head can usually be seen to gradually lose the extreme moulded shape, as the baby suckles, cries and yawns. However, this unmoulding process is often incomplete, especially if the birth has been difficult. As a result, the baby may have to live with some very uncomfortable stresses within its head and body.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide a definitive list of the sort of conditions which may respond to treatment. We welcome enquiries to discuss the possibilities of helping you and/or your baby/toddler on a case by case basis.
Osteopathy has been used for over 100 years and has the ability to treat a wide range of common and unusual conditions including:
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