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Osteopathy can help relieve pain, restore your mobility and improve your health.
As osteopaths, we are trained to diagnose, treat and help prevent ill-health caused by musculoskeletal disorders – that means problems with your body’s bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue. However, problems in the framework of your body can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body, so they can affect any aspect of health – not just aches and pains in joints and muscles. That’s why we treat the whole person, not just the condition. And it’s why we are able to treat such a wide range of symptoms in adults and children, including babies. We work to restore your musculoskeletal system to a state of balance. We consider each person as an individual and will ask questions about your condition and general health, as well as examining you. We then use gentle techniques that work with your body and encourage the healing process.
“A more subtle form of treatment – Cranial Osteopathy.”
In addition to a range of traditional osteopathic techniques, Helen is trained and experienced in cranial osteopathy. Cranial osteopathy is suitable for a patient of any age, including babies, very young children and the elderly, and it doesn’t just concern the head, as the name suggests. It uses very gentle manipulative pressure to encourage the release of stresses throughout the whole body.
You or your child may feel warmth or pressure during the treatment and often, people feel that the tension is gradually being drawn out of their body. Occasionally, people may experience aches and pains that are mild and short-lived.
If your child has received treatment, they may be relaxed afterwards and sleep well. Sometimes they can become more energetic for a while but sleep well that night, while others may take a few days to settle after the treatment.
Helen is trained in the Perrin Technique™, an established theory and approach for the treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome. This technique was developed by Dr Raymond Perrin.
Dr Perrin believes that these conditions are physical disorders that lead to a build up of toxins within the brain and the spine. The Perrin Technique™ is used to diagnose CFS/ME – by identifying physical signs – and to treat the disorder by improving drainage of these toxins from the central nervous system. You can find out more at: ww.theperrinclinic.com.
During childbirth, a baby’s body is subject to powerful pressure and this can cause very mild disturbances in their musculoskeletal framework, leading to subtle imbalances that are difficult to detect: tension in the head for example, or affected nerve supplies to any part of the body.
To release these tensions and pressures, we use a very gentle form of osteopathy called ‘cranial osteopathy’. Not all osteopaths offer cranial osteopathy, but we have over 15 years’ experience in this area.
Sports activities are a regular way of life for many of us now, and involve people from across all age groups from those who have an avid interest to those who just wish to keep fit; from the elite professional to the casual participant. Many of the injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often e.g. tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, and biceps tendinitis, or from not warming up properly beforehand or from not warming down after exercise.
Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries — ill-fitting footwear can cause hip, knee and foot injuries (e.g. Achilles injuries). Reduced joint flexibility will affect the degree of performance and may result in injury if the player is unaware that they cannot perform to the same level as they used to, for example golfers who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, and the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they once did.
Young people especially are vulnerable in sport as their growing bodies are often expected to perform to high standards and are putting exceptional physical demands on themselves.
The good news is that although sports injuries are common, those who are fit tend to recover more quickly and easily from their injuries.
Retirement can bring time for leisure, travel opportunities and interests to the older person. This is the chance to take up those sports and activities that you never had time for whilst working and bringing up your family, e.g. golf, gardening, badminton, fitness classes etc.
The body, however, has changed. It has lost some of its elasticity and ability to adapt. It has also experienced injuries and postural stress during those years, often resulting in repetitive strain injuries, stiffness and degenerative changes.
The onset of health issues such as high blood pressure, digestive and circulatory disorders and arthritis have all begun to have a noticeable effect on the body’s energy and ability to perform.
Many grandparents also help working parents by caring for their grandchildren — a pleasure for many but also a strain on the older body. Quality of life is especially important for this age group when there are increasing concerns about loss of independence and mobility.
Are you fit for work? Occupational injuries account for many millions of working days lost each year in Britain. No matter whether your work is in the office or outside on the land you need to be able to cope with the individual demands made on your body by the style of work you do.
Manual work inevitably carries the inherent risk of injury caused by heavy and often awkward lifting, overstretching, and periods of prolonged bending causing back and disc injuries, sciatica, and muscle strains.
In the office where desk work is more common, there are the dangers of ‘computer hump’ and ‘mouse wrist’, whilst frequent telephone use affects the neck and shoulders causing headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome etc. Those who drive for a living need to be aware of their driving position as it affects not only their back, neck and shoulders but also can affect hips, knees and feet.
Ask an osteopath for advice on the correct driving position for you and any exercises which may help.
Trouble with your back does not simply produce pain in the back. Often it may cause symptoms in more remote areas such as the buttocks, groin, hips, and legs (commonly called sciatica). Problems in the spine and neck can also cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, clicking jaw, pins and needles and many more. Indeed research has shown that problems related to the back may affect over 60% of the UK’s population at some stage in their lives. Osteopaths are trained professionals who are skilled in diagnosing problems, including those which may require further investigation if necessary. Around 30,000 people currently consult osteopaths every working day with more than seven million consultations carried out every year (General Osteopathic Council). NICE (the National Institute of Clinical Excellence) guidelines recommend manipulative therapies including osteopathy for the treatment of low back pain.
Osteopaths use a wide range of gentle manipulations, depending on your age, fitness and diagnosis. Treatment is different for every patient but may include techniques such as different types of soft tissue massage and joint articulation to release tension, stretch muscles, help relieve pain and mobilise your joints. Sometimes, when we move joints you may hear a ‘click’. This is just like the click people get when they crack their knuckles.
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Really nice people and service. Very relaxed, informal but professional. I didn't really have anything 'wrong' but every now and again I like to get checked over. Some tight vertebrae, tight muscles in my neck and thigh were identified and loosened off - as Olwen said I'd be an inch taller, not sure how long it lasted for though. As a desk worker Olwen also gave some really useful information on posture and seat setup that made quite a difference, can't recommend Leek Ostopathic Health Centre enough!Marc Briand
It really is the place to go if your in pain. The treatment is first class!Melody Cartledge
Excellent Osteopath with treatments for M.E patients - using the 'Perrin Technique'Kathryn Turnock
M.E. is a very debilitating condition to live with. I. like all other people living with M.E. are looking for ways to make myself well again. I have been fortunate to find Helen and the Perrin Technique. With Helen’s treatment, support and careful pacing I’m slowly getting my life back.M.E Patient
Fabulous! Helen White has been brilliant with both myself & my baby. I took Siân at 4 weeks old for help with her neck. Since born, she hadn't been able to look right very well. 3 treatments later, she was totally better. Such a relief. Sleeping & feeding improved. I have arthritis & I decided to give it a go for myself. Thank goodness I did. Huge improvement. Recommended to everyone.Jane Wood
Helen sorted my Mum out quickly when she had back problem. 5 stars!Catrina Clulow
I have seen a number of Osteopaths over the years, these are by far the best.Osteopathy Patient
1st class treatment from a gifted osteopath. Thank you!Amanda Bagshaw
Freya is brilliant. She's really improved my movement and my pain levels in a couple of visits. Lovely lady too.Helen Caldwell
Excellent practice, very welcoming and always on time. Helen and Alan are extremely professional and knowledgeable.Patient Testimonial
Alan was fantastic at listening to my concerns. He focused on the whole body including mind-set not just physical symptoms.Patient Testimonial