Osteopathy is a method of assessing, treating and preventing a wide range of health problems. Osteopaths use a combination of movement, stretching, targeted deep tissue massage and manipulation of a person’s muscles and joints to improve function, relieve pain and aid recovery.
The body has the natural ability to maintain itself and, by helping this process, an osteopath can promote restoration of normal function. The principle of osteopathy is that the wellbeing of an individual relies on the way that bones, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and internal structures work with each other.
An osteopath will take the time to understand their patient, and their unique combination of symptoms, medical history and lifestyle. This helps to make an accurate diagnosis of the causes of the pain or lack of function (rather than just addressing the site of the condition), and from that, to formulate a treatment plan that will achieve the best outcome.
Osteopaths frequently work alongside other health professionals, such as GPs, nurses and midwives as well as alternative medical practitioners. Osteopathy works well to complement other medical interventions including surgery and prescribed medication.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises that GPs can safely refer patients to an osteopath for treatment. Osteopathy is available on the NHS in some areas of the UK.
Osteopaths are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). It is against the law to call yourself an osteopath unless you are qualified and registered with the GOsC. The minimum qualification for an osteopath is completion of a four or five year degree, which includes at least 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice. Many osteopaths also study for masters degrees. They must then continue to update and expand their knowledge by logging a minimum of 30 hours per year of continuing professional development. GOsC can remove an osteopath from the register if they fail to maintain a strict code of professional practice. You can check whether an osteopath is registered by visiting the GOsC website.
We shall endeavour to make you feel at ease during your first consultation and any subsequent appointments and tell you what is happening throughout. You should feel free to ask questions at any point during the consultation. It is quite acceptable to bring a friend or relative along to the consultation if you prefer to do so.
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Although osteopaths are well known for treating back pain, the practice of osteopathy can help relieve the symptoms of a wide range of conditions. Osteopaths are commonly known for treating back pain and postural problems including changes due to pregnancy, caused by driving or work strain, the pain of arthritis and minor sports injuries.
If you want to find out more, please contact us to discuss how you may benefit from osteopathic treatment.
In June 2012, Lynette Taylor graduated as a Licentiate with a Bachelor of Science honours degree on Homeopathy from the Centre for Homeopathic Education, which allows her to use the letters BSc (hons) Hom LCHE - the only homeopathic education establishment in the UK at present to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeopathy.
She is registered with the Society of Homeopaths (RSHom) a professional body which ensures it's members have agreed to abide by The Society's Code of Ethics and Practice.
Samuel Hahnemann, a German doctor, who was the founder of homeopathy described this system of medicine as an art. It is a natural system of medicine, gentle, yet profound in it's action on the body.
Highly diluted substances from chemical, animal, vegetable and mineral sources are given with the aim of stimulating the body's inherent natural system of healing without side effects. Homeopathy treats the patient by identifying what is their most similar remedy, that is, a substance which if given in large doses causes symptoms which when used in much smaller amounts can treat those same symptoms.
Identifying the individual remedy involves taking a detailed case history considering medical history, diet, lifestyle, personality type and presenting problems. This can take up to 1.5 hours in the initial consultation.
Homeopathy is an approach which views the person as a whole and considers the individual on a mental, emotional and physical level. It is a safe treatment, remedies are non-toxic and can therefore be used for babies, children and during pregnancy.
Homeopathy can be effective for many presenting conditions. It can be used in the treatment of acute and chronic complaints.
Lynette has been in practice for over 30 years, qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in London. She returned to Devon, to join a practice in Paignton where she grew up (but was born in Scotland!).
She enjoys treating patients across the whole spectrum of age ranges and complaints, especially advising and enhancing the mobility in patients through osteopathic treatment. In 2012 Lynette completed a 4 year honours degree in Homeopathy, graduating from the Centre for Homeopathic Education in London and is registered with the Society of Homeopaths.
She is married with two grown up sons and interests include travelling, gardening, walking her two cocker spaniels, cooking and beekeeping.
Clare graduated from The British School of Osteopathy, London, in 2009 and returned to her Devon roots. She now lives in Kingsteignton with her partner and two young sons. Clare has also done a course in Medical Acupuncture/Dry Needling which can be useful in treating muscle spasms.
She has a keen interest in treating pregnant women and sports injuries and has helped out with local rugby and netball teams. She also enjoys playing piano, swimming and playing netball.
Clover trained at the distinguished British College of Osteopathic Medicine in London, where she attained a Masters degree in 2012. A component of her osteopathic training enabled her to develop her holistic Swedish massage therapy skills to sports injury, where she had the opportunity treated participants of the 2011 and 2012 London marathon on behalf of Arthritis UK.
In addition, Clover has been a qualified clinical pilate’s teacher, fitness teacher /instructor and physical trainer for 20 years, and continues to gain further education in “Applied Functional Science “, corrective movement and rehabilitative exercise & nutrition.
Clover applies a collective of hands-on techniques such as soft & deep tissue release, articulation, mobilisation and manipulation, whilst incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to client’s pain/injury management, health and wellbeing, through prescriptive exercise, education and naturopathic advice. She believes when clients have a better understanding of the anatomy of their pain or injury, they can be instrumental in their recovery, injury/pain prevention, recurrence and management.
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