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Shaw Osteopathic and Sports Injury Clinic

70 Kiln Road
RG14 2LS
Tel 01635 40800

So, What Actually is Osteopathy?

Under normal conditions , given time, the body heals itself. When it cannot and symptoms persist, it is important to discover the reason why. Osteopaths find the mechanical reasons that cause and maintain these symptoms and our treatments work with the body's natural healing mechanisms to allow it to heal itself. Osteopaths use their highly developed sense of touch to determine the cause of the problem and carry out treatment using a variety of techniques, which include articulation, soft tissue stretching, manipulation and massage. Osteopaths work with the patient, through exercises and advice, and help the patient to improve their own health care. Appropriate referral can be made to other health professionals where needed. Our Osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council ( GOstC). The GOstC was set up in 1993 and all osteopaths have to be registered with it. This ensures that all osteopaths are trained using the same rigorous high standards. Our osteopaths have full Indemnity Insurance.

How Can Sports/Remedial Massage Benefit Me?

General aches and pains can affect how efficiently you train and can develop into serious injury if left untreated, thereby affecting your quality of movement in all aspects of your life. Moreover, increasingly in our modern world, muscular tension brought on by hours of sedentary work (e.g. in front of a computer, driving for extended periods etc.) can lead to postural misalignments and subsequent pain and discomfort in the back, neck, shoulders. It can even be responsible for headaches. Many patients have reported that treatment has helped relieve these symptoms and has lead to a better healthier body. As well as providing direct treatent, we can also assist with advice on body awareness, exercises, lifestyle and maintenance care for the body.

In general, Sports/Remedial Massage can help to:

What is the Bowen Technique?

The Bowen technique is a soft tissue holistic therapy, named after its innovator Tom Bowen. The technique involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament tendon and fascia in various parts of the body. The work is very subtle, relaxing and gentle involving no hard or prolonged pressure. In so doing the body is put into a state whereby it is in optimal condition to relieve and reduce pain and rebalance itself. Bowen treatment can benefit both adults and children. A treatment comprises the application of sequential specialised moves to the whole body which are carried out specifically and systematically. Work can be performed through light clothing or by direct skin contact. As a general rule, moves will be made over the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back and shoulders before finishing with neck moves with the patient supine (face up). During treatment the patient is left to rest for a short periods to allow the body to make subtle adjustments to re-balance itself ready for further treatment. A session will last approximately 45 minutes. Treatments should be scheduled for between five and seven days apart and an initial set of three treatments is recommended. It is also recommended that there be a seven day period both sides of Bowen treatment, free from any other 'hands-on' therapies. Reactions to treatment are not uncommon and can include tiredness, increase in original symptoms, stiffness, headaches, flu like symptoms, and increased dream activity.

Conditions which have responded well to Bowen treatment include:

I've Heard of Osteopathy, But What is Cranial Osteopathy?

Cranial Osteopathy is a treatment available at our practice. and is a refined and subtle type of osteopathic treatment using very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the body, including the head. It is a gentle non-invasive treatment, not just suitable for younger children and babies, but applicable to all age ranges of patients (and covering a wide range of symptoms). Cranial treatment is not solely related to the head. This gentle approach works with the body's healing mechanisms and can be used to help ligament, muscular and joint complaints throughout the body. At our practice patients suffering from neck and back pain, and headaches have benefited from cranial treatment.