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Osteopathy is an established, recognised system of diagnosis and treatment. It is a treatment that works with the body’s musculoskeletal system, based on the principle that no part of the body exists in isolation, and that the musculoskeletal system is a key component in overall physical well-being. A breakdown in the body's normal working patterns can result in unnecessary stress, strain and pain. This breakdown may arise from a singular major trauma, or may be the cumulative effect of repetitive minor stresses & strains on the body.
Osteopathy uses a wide range of manual techniques, including physical manipulation, soft and deep tissue massage, stretching, cupping, medical acupuncture & exercise rehabilitation in order to help the body in its healing process.
THERAPEUTIC / HOLISTIC MASSAGE
Holistic massage is a treatment specifically tailored to each client. The practitioner treats the client as a whole, taking into account not only their physical body, but equally their emotional well-being.
Massage can provide improvement for a number of physical issues, such as relaxing tight muscles, improvements to circulation, nervous function and joint mobility, stress reduction & also muscular pain reduction.
Therapeutically the treatment will be tailored to you as an individual, based on an initial consultation, in order to help relieve specific pain, ailments or injuries.
Medical Acupuncture or Dry needling is a technique to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a sterile “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into the muscle, with the goal of releasing or inactivating areas known as trigger points.
A trigger point is a taut band of skeletal muscle located within a larger muscle group. Trigger points can be tender to the touch, and touching a trigger point may cause pain to other parts of the body, it is typically one technique that's part of a larger treatment plan.
Dry needling is not Chinese acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles.
Cupping is an ancient treatment in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and can be used in deep-tissue massage. The type of cupping used in the clinic is DRY ( wet cupping is not practiced here),
The cup is generally left in place for up to 3 minutes or moved from place to place on your skin for a massage-like effect.
Static cupping in particular will often leave the distinctive circular discolouration that will fade gradually over 5-10 days
(For tendon/ligamant injuries)
Therapeutic ultrasound has been shown to cause increases in:
local blood flow
scar tissue breakdown
Effects on the inflammatory and repair processes:
One of the greatest proposed benefits of ultrasound therapy is that it is thought to reduce the healing time of certain soft tissue injuries.
Ultrasound is thought to accelerate the normal resolution time of the inflammatory process by attracting more mast cells to the site of injury. This may cause an increase in blood flow which is beneficial to injury healing. As blood flow may be increased it is not advised to use ultrasound immediately after injury.
Ultrasound may also stimulate the production of more collagen which is the main protein component tendons and ligaments. It is thought to improve the extensibility of collagen and so can have a positive effect to on fibrous scar tissue which may form after an injury.
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Harriet was extremely friendly and reassuring whilst professional and caring. She listened to what I had to say and provided treatment accordingly. She explained quite clearly what my issue was and how she was going to treat it. A good experience.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my first experience having osteopathy treatment. Since meeting with Harriet, who is friendly, attentive and patient, I now feel like I am in the best care for help. She took great care dissecting my medical and activity history. Harriet recommended that I return for more sessions and has given me useful stretching techniques to do at home.
First time but really worth it. Harriet was very good, very professional but with a good sense of humour.
Harriet graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2001. In addition to her osteopathy qualifications she is a qualified massage therapist, and has also been a qualified, practicing fitness instructor for the past 28 years.
After suffering an injury which left her with difficulty walking for 6 months, Harriet was successfully treated with osteopathy, leading her to retrain in the profession that helped her so greatly. Thanks to a background in sports and fitness, she possesses a particularly deep understanding and keen interest in the osteopathic treatment of sports injuries, in addition to other injuries & structural pains.
A vastly experienced osteopath, Harriet has treated patients of all ages, in occupations ranging from office workers to ballet dancers. Treatments are not limited to the treatment room, but include self-help techniques and home advice, exercise prescription and aftercare which are all essential in ensuring your rapid recovery and long term wellbeing.
Harriet is a Registered Osteopath, an Osteopathic Institute member & Osteopathic Sports Care Association member.
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