OSTEOPATHY

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Osteopathy can help reduce your pain, improve your general health, keep you mobile or help you gain a sporting edge. 

 

It can be used to treat the whole body, not just backs and necks, with which it’s most commonly associated. Based on the principle that our wellbeing depends on the nervous system, skeleton, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues all working together. 

 

Using a range of hands-on techniques, osteopathy is suitable for people of all ages. Combined with advice on aspects of your lifestyle and ways of moving, osteopathy can restore the structural and functional integrity of your body, helping you to manage pain more effectively and to keep mobile, feel and function better. 

Conditions which respond well to this treatment 

 
  • Headaches and migraines coming from the neck and surrounding tissues

  • Arthritis and problems with peripheral joints

  • Neck and back pain

 

  • Shoulder and arm problems

  • Pelvis, hip and leg problems

  • General, acute and chronic back pain (not arising from accident or injury)

  • Postural problems

  • Work-related injuries repetitive strain injuries

  • Pain related to bending and lifting

  • Sports Injuries

Common causes of pain

Pain is a warning sign that something is not right with your body and is controlled by the complex nervous system. Pain can be experienced as a result of an accident, surgery, poor movement, or sometimes for emotional reasons. Stress both home and work. Overuse DIY, gardening etc, using movement patterns and activities repetitively that we are not use to doing. Joint stiffening caused by age and wear and tear. Ongoing postural strain, repetitive movements, or acute injuries sporting or otherwise creating damage to ligaments, muscles and other tissues etc.

What should I expect from a treatment?

Once a full assessment of the history and nature of your condition has been done, treatment is hands-on but gentle. Involving a combination of techniques, depending on your needs, it may include:

  • Soft tissue massage that can relieve pain, decrease tension in muscles, and give you the freedom to adopt a more natural, free posture.

  • Articulation and mobilisation to improve the function and range of movement in your joints.

  • Relaxation that enables the nervous system to calm, allowing you to breathe more slowly and deeply.

  • Tailored exercise / rehabilitation programmes for you to do at home, that can further enhance your progress and give you the ability to take control of your problem.

  • Advice about aspects of your lifestyle or movement which may be helpful in allowing you to increase your potential and experience less pain.

What should I bring?


• Medical reports
• x-rays and imagery
• list of medications
• results of previous blood / urine tests if applicable




What should I wear?


We encourage people to come with relaxed loose fitting clothes or bring shorts or a towel with you for your own comfort. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing for a treatment. If you are uncomfortable with this, please speak to your practitioner to agree a way forward.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


• Jane Morris
• Hasnain Chandoo • Anthony McEwan • Holly Wilkinson





 
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CRANIAL OSTEOPATHY

Cranial osteopathy is a very safe, gentle and non-invasive form of osteopathy that can be used alone or as with other approaches.

Sometimes called cranio-sacral therapy, cranial osteopathy is a hands-on, holistic form of healing that recognises how problems in one area of the body will have affect other areas of the body. It can be used in a wide range of conditions and is suitable for people of all ages, including babies and young children.

Cranial therapists believe that each of us has a very small rhythmical motion in all of our tissues that is called ‘The Involuntary Mechanism’.

When the body tissues are placed under stress
or trauma, this rhythm becomes disrupted.
These disruptions cause the body to try to adapt and compensate, but it can eventually break down, and symptoms may arise - often with little apparent cause. It’s important to find the root cause so that can be addressed in a session.

The aim is to encourage the release of stresses and tensions throughout the body, to promote well-being and relaxation.

Conditions which respond well to this treatment

  • Neck and back pain

  • Sleeping problems

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Some restless and crying babies

  • Stress and general feeling of tension

  • Trauma such as a difficult birth
     

  • Whiplash injury

  • Emotional shock.

  • New parents often seek cranial osteopathy for babies who appear irritable or are persistently crying.

Common causes of pain

• Young babies irritable and unsettled and persistently crying due to ‘stress and tension’ within the body

• Similarly any condition where there needs to be physical and mental relaxation

What should I expect from a treatment?

As with conventional osteopathy, a full case history will be taken, including past medical conditions, previous injuries and illnesses, as well as a full assessment of the nature of your condition.

Cranial osteopathy is hands-on, very gentle and relaxing. It usually involves you lying down while the osteopath holds different parts of your body. It often starts with the osteopath holding your head.

With a wide range of treatment methods available, your practitioner will work with you to find the most appropriate methods to use.

During a session, you may experience some pressure or warmth and will usually feel the tension reduce. Treatment is very gentle and often relaxing. Following a cranial treatment, you may experience a general increase in well-being as other minor ailments benefit from having less tension in the body.

What should I bring?


• Medical reports
• x-rays and imagery
• list of medications
• results of previous blood / urine tests if applicable




What should I wear?


We encourage people to come with relaxed loose fitting clothes or bring shorts or a towel with you for your own comfort. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing for a treatment. If you are uncomfortable with this, please speak to your practitioner to agree a way forward.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


• Hasnain Chandoo • Anthony McEwan





 
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PHYSIOTHERAPY

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ACUPUNCTURE

Physiotherapy can enable you to stay in work longer and remain independent for as long as possible by help to manage pain and prevent disease, at any age or time of life.

Using movement and exercise, hands-on treatment, education and advice, physiotherapists to help people affected by injury, illness or disability. By focusing on the whole body to help muscles and bones work to their full potential, physiotherapy can provide pain relief and restore normal movement.

By taking into account your general lifestyle and involving you in your care through education, awareness, empowerment and participation you will work together with your physiotherapist to realise the benefits of this science-based healthcare.

Conditions which respond well to this treatment

  • Neck and back pain

  • Headaches

  • Shoulder pains

  • ​Hip and pelvic problems

  • Knee pain

  • Ankle and foot pains

  • Sports injuries

  • Falls

  • Soft tissue injuries after car crashes

  • Sedentary and other work - related injuries

  • Postural fatigue

  • Chronic pain syndromes

  • Post surgical rehabilitation

 

Common causes of pain

Pain is a warning sign that something is not right with your body and is controlled by the complex nervous system. Pain can be experienced as a result of an accident, surgery, poor movement, or sometimes for emotional reasons. Stress both home and work.

Overuse DIY, gardening etc, using movement patterns and activities repetitively that we are not use to doing. Joint stiffening caused by age and wear and tear. Ongoing postural strain, repetitive movements, or acute injuries sporting of otherwise creating damage to ligaments, muscles and other tissues etc.

What should I expect from a treatment?

Once a full assessment of the history and nature of your condition has been done, your treatment may include:

• Electrical treatments


• Exercise programmes


• Mobilisation of joints

 

• Manipulation


• Muscle balancing techniques

 

• Rehabilitation

 

• Re-education

 

• Acupuncture

What should I bring?


• Medical reports
• x-rays and imagery
• list of medications
• results of previous blood / urine tests if applicable




What should I wear?


We encourage people to come with relaxed loose fitting clothes or bring shorts or a towel with you for your own comfort. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing for a treatment. If you are uncomfortable with this, please speak to your practitioner to agree a way forward.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


• Chris Shannon • Gomahan Chelliah • Sarah Massey





 
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Acupuncture works to help maintain your body’s equilibrium. It involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to regulate the flow of ‘qi’, your body’s vital energy. This ‘Qi moves through a series of channels in the body.

For a number of lifestyle and environmental reasons, qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked, which can result in some symptoms of pain and illness. There are also other adjunctive techniques are a way to restore the energy balance.

Treatment is aimed at the root of your condition as well as your main symptoms. This approach helps to resolve your problem and enhancing your feeling of wellbeing.

This ancient system of healing originated in China and other Eastern countries, along with other disciplines such as Chinese Herbal medicine and the ancient practice of cultivating vital life-force through various techniques called Qi Gong.

Conditions which respond well to this treatment

Acupuncture can be used for specific conditions such as:

  • Headaches

  • Lower back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Temporomandibular and osteoarthritis pain in the knee in the short term

  • As well to improve well-being and aid mood and relaxation

The British Acupuncture Council has produced a fabulous page on their website with information about what acupuncture can treat. They’ve also given details about the research that has been carried out into each condition. The list is far too long to replicate so click here to find out whether acupuncture has a track record with your own problem.

Common causes of pain

 

There are numerous lifestyle and environmental reasons in life that can cause pain. This can result in qi can become disturbed, depleted or blocked. When this happens is can result in symptoms of pain and illness.

 

Chronic conditions where pain, tension, stress
or even low mood or feelings of anxiety are components can be helped by promoting relaxation and enhancing feelings of well-being.

What should I expect from a treatment?

 

Once a full assessment of the history and nature of your condition has been done, your treatment will involve fine needles being inserted into particular acupuncture points just under the skin. Response to acupuncture varies from person to person but as a general rule some change is usually experienced within five treatments. Occasional ongoing treatment can then help to maintain good health and wellbeing.

What should I bring?


• Medical reports
• x-rays and imagery
• list of medications
• results of previous blood / urine tests if applicable




What should I wear?


We encourage people to come with relaxed loose fitting clothes or bring shorts or a towel with you for your own comfort. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing for a treatment. If you are uncomfortable with this, please speak to your practitioner to agree a way forward.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


• Wendy Goodman • Jane Morris





 
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PODIATY

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Despite a lot of confusion, there is no difference between Chiropodists and Podiatrists, it’s just that Chiropodist is an older term and other English speaking countries use the term Podiatrist. They specialise in treating conditions of the foot and leg. Foot disorders can affect people of all ages and may be associated with health problems such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or poor circulation.

 

Chiropodists and podiatrists must be registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Conditions which respond well to this treatment

  • Calluses and corns

  • Nail care management including nail surgery

  • Verruca care

  • Sports injury

  • Footwear advice and modification

  • Rheumatology

  • Diabetic foot problems

  • Biomechanics

  • Childhood mechanical foot problems

  • Orthotictherapy

  • Advice on proper care of the feet and prevention of problems

Common causes of pain

 

Your feet are the foundation to your body so any problems or potential problems may hinder simple walking, sporting activity and cause pain in the feet, lower back, hips or knees.

 

Problems with your foot whether it be due to the individual mechanics or whether there is an underlying condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis can cause pain.

​Poor foot health - so nails too long or poorly cut. Nails become harder and thicker as people become older.

Similarly the skin on the soles of their feet becomes thicker and calluses can develop.

 

Shoes rubbing on part of the foot can causes painful corns.

What should I expect from a treatment?

 

Once a full assessment of the history and nature of your condition has been done, your treatment may include:

 

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

  • Specific shoe and trainer recommendations

  • Mobilisation techniques

  • Acupuncture and steroid injections for pain relief Laser therapy

  • Off-the-shelf orthoses

  • Prescription / custom made orthoses

What should I bring?


• Medical reports
• x-rays and imagery
• list of medications
• results of previous blood / urine tests if applicable




What should I wear?


You should expect to wear a t-shirt and shorts and commonly worn shoes or trainers for your treatment.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


• Patrick Lineham • Kai Ti Noble • Kaseem Javed





 
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ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE

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The Alexander Technique offers a method of mental and physical re-education to reduce habitual and unnecessary tension in all activity, by using self management techniques It can be an effective way to address the fundamental causes of many medical conditions, promote a sense of wellbeing, achieve better respiratory function and greater functional reach in elderly women. People of all ages and lifestyles have used the Technique to improve the quality of their lives. performing artists and athletes use the Alexander Technique to improve their performance while reducing the risk of injury.

Qualified teachers must complete a three year full time course and are members of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.

Conditions which respond well to this treatment

  • Better balance in the elderly

  • Poor posture

  • Persistent lower back pain

 

  • Persistent mechanical neck pain

Common causes of pain

Excess tension in your body can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms and pain and it can interfere with your ability to perform activities well.

What should I expect from a treatment?

The teacher will observe your movements and show you how to move, sit, lie down and stand with better balance and less strain. They’ll use their hands to gently guide you in your movements, help you maintain a better relationship between your head, neck and spine, and to release muscle tension.

What should I wear?


We encourage people to come with relaxed loose fitting clothes or bring shorts or a towel with you for your own comfort. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing for a treatment. If you are uncomfortable with this, please speak to your practitioner to agree a way forward.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


• Roy Palmer





 
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K LASER THERAPY

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K Laser therapy grade IV therapeutic laser and uses selected wavelengths of light to stimulate key molecules in human tissues. Decades of medical research and have identified the wavelengths, energy levels and frequencies that positively stimulate cellular metabolism, accelerating and enhancing the body’s own healing and reparative abilities.

K laser penetrates deep into the body’s soft tissues and speeds up cell metabolism by increasing blood flow, nutrients absorption, cell division and excretion of waste products. As a result the skin, tendons, ligaments and muscles are repaired faster with reduced inflammation, scarring and pain.

The therapeutic effects are:

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Pain relieving effects Enhanced local circulation

  • Stimulation of the immune system

  • Improved local nerve function

  • Faster tissue repair with minimal scarring in wounds, burns, injuries and post-surgery

There are minimal side effects, occasionally the area treated may feel sore for a day or so as the healing response is more active after treatment.

Conditions which respond well to this treatment

  • Neck shoulder and back pain

  • Tendinopathies

  • Elbow pain such as tennis elbow

  • Hip and pelvic problems

  • Knee pain

  • Ankle and foot pains including plantar fasciitis

  • Ligament strains

  • Muscle strains

  • Osteo-arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Sports injuries

  • Soft tissue injuries after car crashes

  • Sedentary and other work-related injuries

  • Trigeminals neuralgia

  • Chronic pain syndromes such as Fibromyalgia

  • Post-surgical rehabilitation

  • Fungal nail infections

  • Verrucaes

  • Oedema and congestion

K laser is suitable for any age group, any skin tone and body size. It can be used from athletes to pregnant women, from children to the older age group. The K laser protocols can be tailored to the specific individual.

What should I expect from a treatment?

K laser therapy is a none invasive treatment. Before having laser therapy, you will need an assessment and a definitive diagnosis from one of our practitioners to investigate whether the laser treatment will be suitable and to ensure there is no reason for you not to have treatment.

 

Once you have been assessed as suitable and an appointment booked you will be asked to wear specific goggles to protect our eyes whilst the laser treatment is carried out.

 

You may feel a warm sensation whilst the treatment is carried out. You may also be asked to perform specific movements whilst the treatment is being performed.

The laser treatment will usually be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment such as physical therapy such as osteopathy or physiotherapy. However if you are receiving treatment using laser therapy from your podiatrist you may not need further treatment.

**Please note that this therapy is NOT bookable on line, you will need to call to book an appointment**

What should I bring?


• Medical reports
• x-rays and imagery
• list of medications
• results of previous blood / urine tests if applicable




What should I wear?


We encourage people to come with relaxed loose fitting clothes or bring shorts or a towel with you for your own comfort. You may be asked to remove some items of clothing for a treatment. If you are uncomfortable with this, please speak to your practitioner to agree a way forward.




Do I need a referral from my GP or consultant?


No, you can just book an appointment and once your appointment has been booked you will receive an email asking you to complete a form prior to your first visit which includes a medical history so that we can learn as much about you prior to your appointment. This allows us to maximise our time with you to give you a quality experience when you are with us.




Our Practitioners who can help you


Most of our osteopaths, physios and podiatrists have undergone laser therapy training.





FORREST YOGA

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Forrest Yoga is a healing, deep breathing practice. 

 

It is a healing system of yoga with a healing intent woven throughout the practice

 

If you’re looking to increase your strength and stamina, release tension and stress, improve your breathing, reconnect to your body, and build a personal healing practice, Forrest Yoga is a great choice. It is unlike other styles of yoga you have done, but you will recognise elements of other yoga styles within the system. Just be open to doing things a new way. You will come to understand and appreciate these ways of doing things. 

We will connect back into the body focussing less on how well you can do a fancy posture and more on breath, building your strength and challenging your mind as well as your body.

BREATH -  Conscious control of breath allows us to control our nervous system better and during the classes we will develop your skills in breathing fresh, healing energy into areas of your body that need it most.

STRENGTH – Forrest Yoga includes working your core in every single class!  By doing this it forms the foundation for getting into more complex or challenging poses, but on a deeper level connection to your core allows you to get out of your head and into your body. Working the core provides so many benefits on every level for mind and body.

INTEGRITY - Forrest Yoga helps you to safely tailor poses to work for you, specifically with physical and emotional injuries. By learning to work honestly at your edges, you develop effective tools to deal with fear and struggle.

This makes it possible for integrity, self-awareness and playful curiosity to become part of your daily life.

SPIRIT - Forrest Yoga targets our habits of disconnection and avoidance. Slowing the asana practice down and holding poses for longer periods, gives the opportunity for feelings and sensations arise and to connect to your spirit.

To book your free introduction session, call us now on 01480 455221.

For more information, contact:

Kirsty Goddard-Holmes

07932 613913

www.mindbodysoulandwellness.co.uk