Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a patient-centred system of healthcare which addresses the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of symptoms and conditions from a holistic perspective. It aims to restore your body to a state of balance, based upon the principles that structure and function are in a reciprocal relationship, and that the body’s self-regulatory processes can be stimulated through treatment and movement.

Osteopathy uses physical manipulation, light touch, stretching and massage to increase the mobility of joints, to relieve muscle tension, to enhance the blood and nerve supply to tissues, and gentle touch to help your body’s own healing mechanisms. Advice on posture and exercise to aid recovery, promote health and prevent symptom recurrence may also be given.

The first appointment generally lasts about an hour and involves a thorough assessment, diagnosis and the commencement of treatment.

Who and what do osteopaths treat?

Patients include everyone from children to pregnant women and the elderly. Patients seek treatment for a wide variety of conditions, including back pain, repetitive strain injury, changes to posture in pregnancy, postural problems caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries

Osteopathy, Pregnancy and Maternity

Osteopathy can help the body to adapt to the changes in anatomy and physiology taking place during and after pregnancy.  For example, it can help to ease the discomforts sometimes experienced as the body is changing shape and hormonal levels are adjusting, such as upper back and rib pain, SPD, low back and pelvic pain and sciatica.

It can help the woman prepare for giving birth on a physical and emotional level and provide support and reassurance for the woman as she progresses through her pregnancy and after giving birth.

Through using a range of gentle, hands-on techniques and giving advice to fit the individual, osteopathy has helped a number of women during this important time of life for mother and baby.

Cranial Osteopathy 

Cranial osteopathy is a therapy provided by qualified and accredited osteopaths with specialty training to work with the bones of the cranium, the fascial coverings (meninges), the fluids, and especially the central nervous system (the brain) to better address the whole body. Therapists use a highly trained sense of touch to feel subtle changes of tension and tissue quality in the body, in order to diagnose areas of strain or dysfunction and to encourage re-balancing and the release of stress and tension.

It may help with a vast range of issues starting from lower back and neck pains and aches and tension headaches. In babies, it may help relieve trauma and discomfort following birth such as trouble sleeping, colic and problems latching on. It may also help to manage the symptoms of more serious health conditions in adults to improve quality of life. Some people may feel little sensation at the time of the treatment, but go on to report significantly positive effects afterwards.

As it is a very gentle and relaxing approach with few, if any, short-lived side effects, it is suitable for people of all ages, including babies, children and adults who have high sensitivity to pressure or being moved. 

 

Osteopaths in the UK are registered and accredited by the General Osteopathic Council, as required by law.


Will Westwood 

Will trained at the British School of Osteopathy, the oldest Osteopathic College in the UK, where he graduated with a Master’s degree (M.Ost).
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In addition to general cases such as back, neck and limb symptoms he has a special interest in treating the Pregnant and post-partum patient as well as Headache and Migraine.

Will’s approach involves taking a broad perspective on his patients’ health and well-being in order to identify where changes can be made to restore or maintain function. Giving his patients an understanding of how their problems may have developed, and promoting independence are integral to his osteopathic approach.

His treatments involve a combination of gentle, rhythmic stretching and massage techniques alongside manipulative therapy, exercise and relaxation advice.

Will is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a
member of the Institute of Osteopathy and the OPHM Headaches and Migraines Association.

Prices

Initial consultation
1 hr case history taking, examination and treatment  £70

Follow ups
£55 for 45 minutes appointments

Home visits £80

Concessions available.

Will  may be available for weekend appointments also.

For bookings or enquiries please contact enquiries@goosegreenclinic.net 

“I have seen many osteopaths over the years, having a longstanding problem with my shoulder and recently had treatment with Will Westwood at Goose Green Clinic. I had been unable to use my shoulder properly for several months, but after a few sessions with Will and doing the exercises he recommended my shoulder is back to normal. I am very happy to recommend him.”


Angela Winchester

Angela is a graduate of the London School of Osteopathy, where she graduated with a Master’s degree and is registered with the General Osteopathic Council.

Angela uses a range of osteopathic techniques including soft tissue work, cranial osteopathy and joint manipulation. Angela is also qualified in sports massage. She treats people with a variety of conditions, helping patients through injuries or longer-term pain and enabling them to move with more ease in their daily lives.

Angela has also completed the post-graduate Award in Paediatric Osteopathy with the Osteopathic Children’s Centre (OCC) and further studied with the Sutherland College of Cranial Osteopathy. She has a particular interest in using gentle cranial techniques to treat babies and children, and working with women during pregnancy and following birth.

Prices

Initial consultation
1 hr case history taking, examination and treatment  £70

Follow ups
£55 for 45 minutes appointments

For bookings or enquiries please contact enquiries@goosegreenclinic.net  or contact Angela directly on 07870 810895.


Louisa Henderson

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Louisa trained to become an osteopath at the British School of Osteopathy where she qualified with a masters degree. She enjoys treating people of all ages and working with them not only to relieve their pain and aid recovery, but also to explore the causes of discomfort. This can then help with finding ways to prevent problems in the future, by increasing awareness of the stresses and strains that the body may be experiencing and creating a renewed drive for health.

Louisa has also completed a post graduate diploma in women’s health in osteopathy, following her interest in working with women during pregnancy and after childbirth, helping to accommodate the changes that take place during this time. She is a member of the Sutherland Cranial College of Osteopathy, having done post graduate courses in cranial osteopathy, which she uses in her treatments alongside structural and visceral techniques. Alongside her osteopathic studies, Louisa completed an ITEC diploma in sports massage in 2010, and has since been working as a sports massage therapist. She enjoys playing tennis in her spare time and is a keen advocate of yoga and pilates, so often recommends stretches and exercises from these disciplines that may be useful to each individual patient.

Louisa is registered with the General Osteopathic Council and is a
member of the Institute of Osteopathy.

Louisa now has limited availability every month at GGC.

 Prices

Initial consultation
1 hr case history taking, examination and treatment  £60

Follow ups
£55 for 45 minutes appointments

For bookings or enquiries please contact enquiries@goosegreenclinic.net or contact Louisa  directly on 07973 791 797.


Price Concessions

Concessions are offered to pensioners and those on selected benefits.  For details please enquire here.

Health Insurance

If you have private health insurance it may be possible to claim for your treatment. Just ask your insurance company about the available level of cover and whether you need to be referred by your GP or specialist.

Cancellation Policy

We are happy to cancel and re-schedule appointments at any time, without any penalty or administration fees, up to 24 hours before your appointment.

However, cancellations made with less than 24 hours notice, or non-attendance on the day, are liable for full payment, as  we will be unable to re-use the time to support other clients.