What To Expect

Osteopathy

A visit to an osteopath will begin with a full medical history being taken.  This will include information about past illnesses, surgery and your present health.  There will be particular emphasis placed on any mechanical or joint problems that you may have.

With your consent an examination will follow where you will be asked to remove some clothing so that the osteopath can make a full assessment of your mobility and decide which joints and muscles are involved.  If necessary and with your permission, the osteopath will liaise with your doctor or other healthcare professional to request further tests or investigations.

Treatment is usually a comfortable and pleasant experience and can include rhythmic stretching, massage and specific manipulation.  The osteopath will decide on which techniques best suit your condition.

The amount of treatments required will also depend on the type of problem being treated and this will be explained to you by your osteopath.

Treatment is covered by most private health insurers, subject to individual policy terms and GP referral.  Please ask for details.

Cranial Osteopathy

Cranial Osteopathy differs from the more ‘standard’ approach of osteopathy purely by the use of different techniques.  The principle is exactly the same and therefore cranial osteopathy isn’t in any way a separate entity.

The techniques used are very specific and light in pressure and although powerful it is often considered to be a ‘gentle’ approach, and can be used for patients of all ages.

It is often the preferred method of treatment for babies and children and many parents choose this for their little ones.

Acupuncture

At your initial consultation for acupuncture a full medical history will be taken and will include a discussion about your current complaint as well as any past medical problems.  Your tongue and pulse will also be examined in line with traditional Chinese medicine diagnostics.

This consultation typically lasts for 30-45 minutes and is followed by your first acupuncture treatment.

The acupuncture session involves the insertion of fine needles into a number of specific points on the body which will be chosen based on the findings during the consultation.  On average 8-12 needles are used and commonly placed on the lower limbs, abdomen and back.  Once the needles are in place then they are left in for approximately 20 minutes while the patient relaxes.

The number of treatments required depends on the duration of the problem and the nature of the problem being treated and this can be discussed with your acupuncturist at your first visit.

For some complaints Chinese herbs may be recommended alongside the acupuncture (or instead of) where the practitioner feels that this would be beneficial for a quicker resolution to the problem.

Homeopathy

Homoeopathy is a gentle, natural and effective therapy which uses remedies, powders and liquid drops.  Rather than dealing with symptoms alone, I look at the whole person by discussing where imbalance may occur on any level of the mind, body and spirit.

In this way homoeopathy is a holistic therapy and works with the mental/emotional level as well as the physical.  In the homoeopathic consultation, symptoms are seen as the body’s way of alerting us to a problem, and by assessing these and looking at the cause we can help the body to balance itself and so bring about harmony and health. In this way most medical conditions can be included in the homoeopathic consultation, and whilst a ‘cure’ can never be promised most patients benefit from the experience and report a greater feeling of well-being.

Because we use natural remedies it is safe and very effective for all members of the family including women during pregnancy. As the source of the remedies are from the animal, vegetable and mineral kingdoms and are produced energetically they are non-addictive and non-toxic. Homoeopathy is safe to use alongside conventional medicine.  A homoeopathic consultation is based on two levels: constitutionally and acutely.

With constitutional treatment time is taken with each patient to assess the remedies required and this allows for an bespoke consultation to give the patient the best chance to improve their health. The first appointment for an adult (15 years and over) usually takes two hours to allow the time for me to build up a picture of the patients’ medical history, life story, circumstances, and family medical history and so find a homoeopathically prepared substance which matches this picture.

A one hour follow-up appointment is made for a month later when together we monitor the remedy action and discuss progress.  Generally the follow up appointments are monthly, and support is available if required in between appointments.  For adults the first consultation is £75 and follow up appointments are £50.  These prices include medication.

Babies and children tend to respond very well to homoeopathic treatment and their first consultation is an hour and a half  during which time pregnancy, birth and developmental milestones are included into the picture.

Charges for children under 15 are £55 with follow ups lasting half an hour for £30.  There are family rates if more than one member of the family attends for homoeopathic treatment.
I am also available to consult on acute medical issues which tend to be self limiting and which are part of any healing journey.  These often occur outside of clinical hours so I provide an emergency service for registered clients if they wish to receive homoeopathic remedies for these acute conditions.

Sport and Remedial Massage

Prior to commencement of treatment there is a health consultation. This includes information about the client’s lifestyle, medical history and details of any accidents or injuries. Then a postural assessment is carried out and the therapist will assess the flexibility in various muscles.

Based on the information from those sources an individual treatment programme is devised.

Depending on the nature of the client’s problem, it is likely that the programme will involve a course of treatments.

Each treatment involves general massage as well use of specific techniques on particular muscles and soft tissues. Flexibility is reassessed as the treatment progresses.

In order to maintain improvements from the treatment, certain stretches or exercises may be recommended for the client to do at home.

Healing

A healing session can be given while the person is lying down or sitting whichever is preferred.  Before the first session a brief discussion takes place regarding what needs healing and any relevant medical history is noted.  Typically the first session takes one hour and subsequent sessions half an hour.  If a longer period is needed or requested, this can be accommodated.

Once healing commences the person is asked to relax and go into a quiet space whilst the practitioner may move around the body giving healing.  Particular attention is given to areas which are out of balance and then a focus on the remainder of the body to bring the whole into balance.

In this way the whole person is treated including the aura, chakras and energy centres.  Sometimes the practitioner may lay hands on these areas or a few inches away from the body, and after healing calmer and stronger feelings may be reported, whilst some also experience a pleasant sensation during the healing.