Our clinic provides osteopathic care for the whole family, from newborn to the very elderly, for a variety of conditions including problems in pregnancy and post natal, back and joint pain, sports injuries, work strain, arthritic pain, digestive disturbance and inability to relax.
Our osteopaths are registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and have undertaken postgraduate training in cranial osteopathy. Our principle osteopath has completed a postgraduate diploma in Paediatric Osteopathy and has experience working with premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit and SCBU at Barnet Hospital, London, and has worked at the Osteopathic Centre for Children (Manchester clinic), a charity that treats children from newborns to teenagers for a wide variety of conditions. (For more information on our therapists click here). Our principal osteopath is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and able to offer feeding support to help with breast, chest and bottle feeding issues.
Our Warrington clinic is conveniently located in Warrington town centre with good bus and train links to Widnes, St Helens, Merseyside, Cheshire, and areas much further afield. Every attempt has been made to make our clinic as child friendly as possible, books and toys are provided in the waiting area and in our treatment rooms.
What is osteopathy?
Osteopathy is an established, safe and natural system of diagnosis and treatment focusing on the principle that the body will always try to maintain the balance which is essential to good health. It recognises that much of the pain and disability we suffer is caused by abnormalities within the body’s framework, as well as damage caused to it by disease. This can disturb the circulatory system or nerves to any part of the body and affect any aspect of health.
Imagine a car that has one of its front wheels not quite pointing straight. It may run well for a while, but after a few thousand miles the tyre will wear out. This example can be applied to the human body, which is why it is important to keep the body in good balance. An example of this is a sprained ankle which causes the whole body to compensate. If there is restricted mobility in the pelvis, spine or ribcage, aching or pain may result as the body struggles to compensate for the ankle.
Osteopaths work to rebalance the structure and function of the body, looking at all the factors contributing to the body’s disturbed state of natural health rather than simply treating the apparent problem. We treat the person and not the condition. All areas of symptoms are taken into account, and the osteopath works with structural imbalances that are present in the body to restore a state of physical balance.
Osteopathy and sports
Many injuries are the result of overuse i.e. playing too hard and too often, e.g. tennis/golfers elbow, or from not warming up properly before exercise or not warming down afterwards. Sometimes incorrect equipment can lead to injuries, e.g. ill-fitting footwear can lead to hip, knee and foot injuries. Reduced flexibility can 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. Examples include the golfer who cannot turn at the waist as well as they used to, or the enthusiastic older footballer whose knees do not bend as well as they used to.
An osteopath can help improve performance as well as treating the injury.
Your first visit
The osteopath will take a detailed case history including your current symptoms, general health, accidents and trauma that you have previously suffered, past medical history including illnesses and operations, current medication and any other relevant areas of health. In the case of babies and children the history will also cover details of the pregnancy and birth. It is also useful to bring along your child’s red health record book.
This will be followed by a full examination. The osteopath will assess your posture and where relevant observe how the spine and other joints move. Other tests such as reflexes and blood pressure may also be performed where appropriate.
Using a highly developed sense of touch ‘palpation’, any points of weakness or excessive strain throughout the body will be identified by the osteopath. The osteopath uses their hands to investigate the underlying causes of pain and to carry out treatment using a variety of techniques.
These may include rhythmic joint movements, manipulation, soft tissue stretching and massage, and gentle releasing techniques. This can help to reduce muscular spasm, improve circulation, reduce swelling and improve mobility, helping to create a healthier state in which damaged tissue can heal.
Our Warrington clinic is conveniently located in Warrington town centre with good bus and train links to Widnes, St Helens, Merseyside, Cheshire, and areas much further afield. The clinic at Moreton covers the Wirral and has good bus and train links from Liverpool. Every attempt has been made to make both of our clinics as child friendly as possible, books and toys are provided in the waiting area and in our treatment rooms.
What our patients think
“The clinic is fantastic, it is modern, well equipped, unbelievably clean and the staff are so friendly and helpful, I cannot recommend this osteopath enough” (Mawdsley)
“I would recommend Sarah to anyone” (Jackson)
“A helpful and friendly practice” (Garlick)
“Poppy had just 3 or 4 sessions and the difference was absolutely amazing” (Carroll)
“Sarah diagnosed a tongue tie and helped us to recognise the tension that my son had in his body” (Igoe).
“Lower back pain was fixed in one session” (Perry)
“We can’t thank Sarah enough as to how she has helped with Jake’s development” (Flackett)
“Osteopathy has definitely made a huge impact, as the other therapists agree!” (Cash)
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