Osteopathy

Osteopathy is an effective, gentle, form of manual therapy, which relieves pain and discomfort and associated stress. Osteopaths treat a patient’s condition by assessing it in the context of the body’s function as a whole.

Pain, pins and needles, numbness and discomfort can be caused by medical conditions or by postural compensations, resulting from several factors including work, sporting activities, pregnancy, lifting and accidents.

Osteopaths carry out careful clinical assessments to diagnose and treat conditions of the musculoskeletal system using gentle mobilisation, manipulation and soft tissue techniques (massage) so as to increase the movement in joints and to help the body to function effectively. Patients experience many benefits from treatment including reduced pain, increased mobility and reduced stress as the state of balance in their body is restored. People of any age can benefit from osteopathic treatment including the elderly, babies and children.

Conditions that can be treated osteopathically include the following:

  • Generalised aches and pains

  • Neck, back and limb ache/pain

  • Headaches

  • Minor sports injuries/tensions

  • Postural changes caused by driving/work strain

  • Repetitive strain injuries

  • Changes to posture in pregnancy

  • Frozen shoulder/tennis elbow

  • Circulatory problems

  • Trapped nerves

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Sinus, face and jaw pain

  • Stress and tension


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Osteopathy for specific patient needs
Pregnancy

Pregnancy requires the body to change shape over a short period of time and the postural adaptations that women adopt are very individual. Many women suffer from a variety of aches, pains and discomfort during this special time ranging from, for example, pelvic, hip and neck pain to abdominal discomfort, all of which can often be relieved by osteopathic care.

Postnatal care for mothers

The postnatal mother is often left untreated, partly because the focus is on the health of the baby but also because many women are not aware that their discomfort is actually treatable. Lifting babies in and out of cots, leaning forward while breastfeeding, carrying babies on the hip and other postural changes to which the body is not accustomed can all cause severe musculoskeletal discomfort and many women find osteopathic treatment helpful.

Treatment for babies using cranial osteopathy

HealthSpace provides a very calm, caring environment for mothers and babies. Babies cannot tell you if they have pain in their neck, jaw or tummy and, so instead, they cry. They sometimes don’t feed well because they cannot open their jaw properly or are having problems turning their heads. Birth stresses and baby position in the womb can affect the muscles, bones and nerves of the head, which are so important for feeding.

Many mothers seek the help of a cranial osteopath to establish good feeding and sleeping patterns in their babies and report that cranial osteopathy helps with colic, excessive crying, sleeplessness, flat head syndrome and irritability.

Cranial osteopathy is a very safe, gentle whole body treatment that enhances the body’s healing process by removing stresses and tensions. Cranial osteopaths are taught how to develop their sense of touch so that they can feel tiny changes in tension and tissue quality and diagnose very subtle strain patterns and dysfunctions in the body. Using tiny hand movements, they can use delicate techniques to release tensions and help the body to return to normal function. Although cranial osteopathy is particularly valuable as a means of treating babies, any age group, including children, the elderly and pregnant women can benefit from this treatment.

Osteopathy for the elderly

Many older patients suffer from degenerative conditions that respond really well to a maintenance programme of osteopathic care. Osteoarthritis which is the most common form of arthritis affects 33% of people aged 45 years and over, 49% of women and 42% of men of those aged 75 years and over. (Arthritis Research UK, 2016). A programme of osteopathic treatment can bring significant relief to patients suffering from chronic pain as a result of degenerative conditions.


Your osteopath

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Nicola Rist
BSc (Hons) Ost

Nicola is a fully registered Osteopath having studied Osteopathy for five years at Oxford Brookes University. Her degree gave her an extensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine, neuromusculoskeletal medicine and psychology.

Nicola is passionate about osteopathy because she has seen the benefits that patients experience from treatment. Pain in one area of the body can be as a result of a condition elsewhere in the body and poor posture can have detrimental effects on the entire musculoskeletal system.

Nicola is a mother with young children and after having experienced two pregnancies and being a working mum she has found that osteopathy can make a significant difference in helping women through the experience of carrying a baby. She has completed further post-graduate training in cranial osteopathy and has completed several courses focusing on the care of pregnant women and their children.

Nicola is also a qualified sports massage therapist, which has given her the ability to use this skill either in conjunction with an osteopathic treatment or on its own. Many soft tissue techniques including muscle energy techniques, soft tissue release and taping techniques can be used during treatment.

Nicola is registered with the General Osteopathic Council (Registration: 8454) and is also a member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

Osteopathy session times

Monday 9:30am – 2:00pm Osteopathy with Nicola

Osteopathy consultation fees

Osteopathy initial consultation   £60
Osteopathy follow up treatments   £40