OsteopathyUnderstanding the body's structure
What is Osteopathy?
Osteopathy was developed in Kirksville, USA by Andrew Taylor Still (18-1918) a practising union doctor in the American Civil War. Three of his children were dying from meningitis, so in an attempt to understand how he could help them, he went back to his medical books. From his understandings of how the body’s structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) are intimately related and co-exist, Osteopathy was born.
What and how does an Osteopath treat?
Osteopathy can benefit people of all ages. Neck, back, and other joint pains, along with sports injury can all be lessened by osteopathy if carried out by a qualified practitioner. Due to the inter-relationship of structure and function, rather in the same way as indigestion may occur as a result of sitting hunched over, patients may feel an overall increase in their general well being as a result of treatment.
As a therapeutic discipline osteopathy uses the application of manual, gentle, soft tissue techniques to release tight and irritated muscles, tendons and ligaments with the aim of relaxing them and thereby reducing the irritability in the surrounding tissues. This can result in a reduction of the pain symptoms the patient is experiencing and therefore an increase in their range of movement.
More information regarding osteopathy can be found from the following organisations: The Institute of Osteopathy www.osteopathy.org National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) www.ncor.org.uk and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) www.nice.org.uk
What to expect from a visit to our Osteopaths:
A full case history will be taken from patients, regarding their presenting complaint and past medical history. Various tests will then be carried out in order to assess the patient’s overall range of movements, generally and specifically, so that an osteopathic diagnosis may be reached. The patient is then informed of the choice of treatment for their case. As Headcorn Natural Health Centre (HNHC) is a multi-disciplinary practice we can also offer suggestions for any other therapies, life style changes, etc that may be considered of personal benefit.
The prices for treatment vary with reduced rates for children. Please call the practice for more details.
Anna Reeve BSc (Hons) DO PGCE – Osteopath
Anna graduated from the ESO in 1988 and has worked in and around Kent as an Osteopath and member of the ESO teaching faculty ever since. She completed a postgraduate course in Classical Osteopathy at The Maidstone College of Osteopathy in 1991 under the late John Wernham and is also a member of The Institute of Classical Osteopathy (ICO) www.classical-osteopathy.org.uk. She enjoys working with all types of patients, appreciating the challenges that each new case may present. The ESO’s course is quite eclectic so the technical approach she uses includes the Body Adjustment, which is articulatory based and Cranial technique which is a gentler approach, more amenable to the treatment of babies and small children or those suffering from an emotional or physical shock, such as after a road traffic accident.
Anna is the instigator and initial founder of HNHC, recognising the benefits of the varying disciplines of Alternative Medicine from an early age.
Jenny Watson RGN RSCN DO M. Ost – Osteopath
After seeking treatment herself for a musculoskeletal condition as an alternative therapy to pain killers, Jenny became interested in training as an osteopath at the European School of Osteopathy and became qualified in 2013. She uses a broad range of treatment approaches including classical, structural, functional and cranial techniques.
As a Registered General Nurse and Registered Sick Children’s Nurse Jenny adds something extra to HNHC. She has worked as a nurse for 34 years, so brings her wealth of medical experience to her osteopathic practice and maintains her nursing work part time as a Practice nurse
Jenny works on Mondays at Headcorn Natural Health Centre.
Alastair Dunbar M.Ost (GOsC Registered) – Osteopath
Alastair graduated from the European School of Osteopathy in 2017 after trading in his career as a lecturer in English as a Second language to become an osteopath. Understanding that the body functions best when it functions as an integrated whole, he offers a versatile approach to treatment combining manipulations, articulatory, soft tissue, and cranial techniques according to the individual needs of each patient. In addition to clinical practice, he works as a teaching assistant in techniques classes at the European School of Osteopathy and pursues regular post-graduate training to further develop his understanding of osteopathy.
Keira Piper – Osteopath
She qualified from the European School of Osteopathy (ESO), Maidstone www.eso.ac.org in 2020 and is passionate in being able to help patients in the same way that Osteopathy helped her. The ESO course has specialised clinics which gave Keira the opportunity to learn and develop skills that are beneficial in the treatment of maternity patients, babies, young children, teens and older patients.
Her method of treatment and patient management follows a holistic and patient-centred model which is uniquely structured to include each patient’s individual needs. Keira’s treatment methods are dynamic and of a functional and structural nature to include technical styles such as spinal and peripheral joint manipulations, Balanced Ligamentous Tension (BLT), Muscle energy technique (MET), General Osteopathic Treatment (GOT) as taught by Littlejohn and Cranial techniques as taught by Sutherland and Upledger.
Keira offers treatment and management to patients of all ages but especially enjoys working with babies and those with chronic pain conditions.